The burden that sport places on the lower limb and foot is immense. Every sport will have its own movement patterns that may lead to injury specific to that particular sport.
Many sports involve running and the wearing of sports shoes – both areas where we have excellent knowledge and experience. The foot and leg must be strong and flexible. With the increased speeds and forces placed through the lower limb – sports injuries such as ilio-tibial band syndrome, runners knee /patella-femoral syndrome, calf strain, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, recurrent ankle sprain, stress fractures are some of the many injuries encountered playing sports.
Following our PTE goal, we will diagnose, discover the cause and formulate a treatment programme (see treatment section) and advise on reducing the risk of further problems.
We can treat most lower leg and foot injuries but, in doing so, we also suggest ways to:
- Accelerate recovery to full fitness
- Reduce pain
- Restore the balance for optimal running / movement for your sport
Strains and sprains to muscle and ligaments and tendon problems are very common injuries.
You can often deal with them yourself by applying the PRICE protocol.
- Protection – protect the affected area – by using a support or bandage
- Rest – avoid exercise and movement – reduce your daily physical activity. Using crutches or a walking stick may help if you can’t put weight on your ankle or knee or foot.
- Ice – apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas) to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours. Wrap the ice pack in a towel so that it doesn’t directly touch your skin and cause an ice burn.
- Compression – use elastic compression bandages during the day to limit swelling.
- Elevation – keep the injured body part raised above the level of your heart whenever possible. This may also help reduce swelling.
For more serious problems, make an appointment to see us. We may use anti-inflammatory drugs, orthoses or other means to help you recover.
Overuse and repetitive stress caused by excessive training, especially running, can cause:
- A lateral pain in the knee – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
- A sharp pain, burning sensation between calf and ankle – Achilles Tendinitis
- A pain in the heel – Plantar Faciitis
- A pain at the front of the lower leg – Shin Splints
- A pain on the outer side of the knee – Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- A pain, tenderness and swelling at exacerbated by exercise – Stress Fractures
- Tenderness under the foot and/or the outside edge – Peroneal Tendon Injury