Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

Some people are more prone to common foot and ankle injuries than others due to their physical activity levels and lifestyle. Here are some conditions you should be aware of.

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are a very common sporting injury. They are often caused by changing direction suddenly or by rolling the ankle. The injury is felt instantly and can be painful, making it difficult to continue playing. Swelling and pain is easy to locate, and the ankle can be tender to touch.

Calf muscle strain

A calf muscle strain feels like a sudden sharp pain in midway between the ankle and knee. This can be accompanied with difficulty in using the muscle. Common causes of this condition are making a sudden change in direction and failing to warm up properly.

Achilles tendonitis

The Achilles tendon can become inflamed due to overuse. Tenonitis can be chronic or sudden, and can occur when landing suddenly, wearing poor footwear, having weak calf muscles or suddenly increasing physical activity.

Plantar fasciitis

Over-stretching can injure the plantar fascia, leading to pain in the heel. Over-stretching is often caused by poor foot biomechanics including hyper-mobility, over-pronation, tight Achilles tendon and even unsupportive footwear.

Hallux valgus

Hallux valgus, also known as bunions, is a common foot deformity. While their exact cause is unknown, some factors might put you at risk of bunions: wearing ill-fitting shoes, wearing high heels and rheumatoid arthritis.

Shin splints

Shin splints is an inflammation of the tendons, muscles and bone issue in the front of the lower leg. This can include blood flow problems, stress fractures in the tibia, and muscular imbalance leading to compartment syndrome or tendonitis.

Get foot physiotherapy in Sydney

If you are experiencing foot pain, we suggest seeking physiotherapy treatment. We can diagnose your condition and prescribe a suitable treatment plan. Deep tissue massage, exercise programs and rest are effective in treating common foot and ankle injuries. Book online now at Sports Focus Physiotherapy.

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