What are the signs and symptoms of deep peroneal nerve entrapment?

Updated: Oct 15, 2019
  • Author: Minoo Hadjari Hollis, MD; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Patients with deep peroneal nerve entrapment commonly complain of vague pain, a burning sensation, or a cramp over the dorsum of the foot, which may or may not involve the first webspace. Associated sensory changes may be noted in the first dorsal webspace. Some patients may present with neuritic symptoms (eg, unrelenting pain at rest and during sleep) along the course of the nerve. There may be pain in the ankle region even if only the motor nerve is involved.

Symptoms may appear or worsen only with a certain shoe or boot or with certain activities. Patients with more proximal entrapment may present with frequent tripping due to foot drop or weakness of the extensor halluces longus, though such a presentation is less common.


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