Sports injuries to the foot and leg are common due to the high level of physical activity involved in many sports. Some of the most common sports injuries to the foot and leg include: ankle sprains, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, hamstring strains, calf strains, and runners knee.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SPORTS INJURIES?
Sports injuries to the foot and leg are common due to the high level of physical activity involved in many sports.
Some of the most common sports injuries to the foot and leg include:
Ankle Sprains: These occur when the ligaments surrounding the ankle are stretched or torn, usually due to a sudden twisting motion. Ankle sprains can range from mild to severe, and the lateral (outer) ligaments are often affected.
Achilles Tendonitis: This is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It's often caused by overuse or improper stretching, leading to pain and discomfort in the back of the ankle.
Shin Splints: Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are characterised by pain along the inner edge of the shin bone. They often occur due to repetitive stress on the lower leg, particularly in activities involving running or jumping.
Stress Fractures: These are small cracks in the bone, typically caused by repetitive impact or overuse. Stress fractures often occur in weight-bearing bones of the foot and lower leg, such as the metatarsals or tibia.
Plantar Fasciitis: This injury involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It's a common cause of heel pain, often felt during the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest.
Hamstring Strains: While hamstrings are muscles in the back of the thigh, injuries to them can affect the leg's function. Strains can range from mild to severe and can occur during activities that involve explosive movements like sprinting or jumping.
Calf Strains: Similar to hamstring strains, calf strains involve the muscles in the back of the lower leg. These injuries can occur during activities that require sudden acceleration or changes in direction.
Meniscus Tears: Although not exclusive to the foot and leg, meniscus tears in the knee can affect overall leg function and stability. They can occur during sports involving twisting movements or direct impact to the knee.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee): This condition is characterized by pain around the kneecap, often caused by improper tracking of the patella within the knee joint. It's commonly associated with activities involving repetitive knee bending, like running.
Tibial Stress Syndrome (Anterior Compartment Syndrome): This condition is characterized by pain and tightness in the front of the shin, usually caused by increased pressure within the muscles in the front of the lower leg. It's common in activities involving running or jumping.
Prevention strategies such as proper warm-up, stretching, strengthening exercises, wearing appropriate footwear, maintaining proper technique, and gradually increasing intensity can help reduce the risk of these injuries.
If an injury does occur, seeking medical attention and following recommended treatment protocols is important for a full recovery.
THINK YOU MAY HAVE ONE OF THE ABOVE?
GET BOOKED IN FOR A BIOMECHANICS APPOINTMENT
Our team will conduct a full assessment including medical history, foot & lower limb posture, strength & motion tests, gait assessment using pressure plate system, and treatment plan discussion. Following your assessment and review of your medical history, this appoint may suitable to diagnose an treat conditions in the list above.
For this appointment it is important to have the appropriate medical history as this will allow our podiatrists to identify and treat the problem more effectively. If you have any previous GP refferal notes, scans or test results please bring these with you.
You will need the following for your appointment:
A pair of shorts. A selection of footwear, 1 to 3 pairs of shoes (footwear you wear daily/ and or your sporting footwear).