IS FOOT OR LEG PAIN STOPPING YOU FROM PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS?
Are you struggling with shin splints after training?
Do your knees hurt after a run?
Is your foot pain stopping you doing the activities you enjoy?
Are you worried this pain may never resolve?
If any of the above apply to you, you may have found your solution with My Family Podiatry!
SPORTS PODIATRY AND INJURY REHABILITATION
The way our feet and legs function during sports and physical activities can lead to a range of different injuries and ailments. These can include conditions such as:
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis typically presents as a stabbing pain under the heel. It's often worse with your first steps in the morning or after extended periods of sitting. As the condition progresses, you might also experience an aching pain with standing or even pain that extends through your arch. A podiatrist can diagnose plantar fasciitis through a physical examination and a thorough discussion of your symptoms and activity levels.
Shin Splints: Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are common in runners. They present as pain along the tibia (shinbone) through the front of the leg. The discomfort often warms up with exercise but can become excruciating after training. Shin splints are usually diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical exam by a podiatrist.
Achilles Tendinitis: The Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone, and when it becomes inflamed, it can result in pain and swelling in the back of your heel. You may also experience tight calf muscles and a reduced range of motion when flexing your foot. Early treatment is recommended as this injury can progressively worsen, leading to more severe complications such as Achilles tendon rupture. Achilles tendinitis is diagnosed through a physical examination by a podiatrist, considering your symptoms, activity level, and medical history.
Knee Pain: Knee pain is a common issue among runners and sportspeople. It can have various causes, including problems with the iliotibial band, the patella not tracking smoothly, or issues with the stabilising ligaments of the knee. Symptoms may include pain and swelling in the knee, difficulty bending or straightening the leg, and a popping or crunching noise when moving the knee. Many of these knee issues are heavily influenced by foot position and can be diagnosed through a combination of a physical examination and a discussion of symptoms.
The treatment of these conditions begins with a detailed assessment of the way your lower limbs function to identify the cause of the injury. Following this assessment, a tailored treatment plan will be developed. This could include custom foot orthotics, shockwave therapy, footwear recommendations, manual therapies, and exercise rehabilitation, all with the aim of getting you back to your activities as soon as possible, pain-free.
If necessary, diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI may be ordered to help identify the root cause of your discomfort and aid in creating the most effective treatment plan.
Don't let foot and leg pain keep you from the sports and activities you enjoy. Get back in the game with the help of My Family Podiatry. Book an appointment with us today!
NEED SOME MORE INFORMATION?
It’s not always easy knowing who to contact about your foot issues. All you know is that you want relief from your pain.
Podiatrists specialise in injuries and issues with the feet, ankles and legs. If you enter your details into the form, one of our team will contact you to discuss your current problem and how My Family Podiatry may be able to help you.
Alternatively, call us on (07) 3088 6116 to speak with one of our team.