Sport and exercise place the feet and lower limb under increased stress and therefore injuries to the feet and legs are common.
As Podiatrists, we are uniquely trained in dealing with the biomechanics of the feet and ankle. At Sole Podiatry, we place a large focus on sports injuries, from diagnosis, treatment and long term rehabilitation. We use the latest technology available to compliment out treatment programs, such as Ultrasound therapy, Shockwave and Laser therapy.
One of the most important elements of Sports Podiatry, when dealing with active people, regardless of the level of activity they are participating in, is to ensure they are wearing the appropriate sporting footwear according to their foot type, foot mechanics and activity. Our Podiatrists regularly attend workshops with the top running footwear brands to stay up to date with advances in running footwear and technology.
Some of the more common injuries to the foot and ankle we see are:
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the long band of tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot (and supports the arch of the foot). Pain is usually felt in and around the heel and sometimes in the arch of the foot. Pain is typically worse in the mornings when you get out of bed and after long periods of rest.
Ankle sprains are very common in a variety of sports. The ligaments of the ankle can be injured on both the outside (lateral) and inside (medial) of the ankle. Immediate treatment and rehabilitation is important to maintain the stability of the ankle joint.
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome “Shin splints”
“Shin splints” refers to pain along or just behind the tibia (shinbone), the large bone in the front of the lower leg. Shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force on the shinbone and connective tissue attaching muscles to it. Shin splints are common in runners and in those who participate in activities with sudden stops and starts, such as football, basketball and soccer.
Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon is overloaded and becomes inflamed and sometimes torn. Achilles injury can develop from a one-off injury or can be developed over a long period of time where excessive stress is placed on the Achilles tendon.