Most injuries begin in childhood development and are aggravated by growing, repetitive strain and overuse syndrome. It is for this reason that your child should be assessed by our paediatric team. The most common seen at AMA Podiatry are:
- Heel pain, associated with over activity and tight Achilles tendons (server’s disease)
- Knee pain, caused by growth together with a rotation force produced by the foot when running and walking. (Osgood Schlatter’s syndrome), (chondro malacia of the patella)
- Leg injuries, shin splints, these have different types and correct diagnosis is essential for correct treatment. Compartment syndrome, is caused by the inability for the fascia around muscle to accommodate the increased blood load of the muscle during sport.
- Mid foot, often associated with growth and the formation of cart ledge, ligament and tendon attachment sights. (Koehler’s disease)
Unlike childhood injuries adult injuries can be associated with overuse footwear and trauma. Adult problems are more related to mechanisms within the body rather than growth as seen in children.
As the skeleton is mature is more susceptible to forces coming from the foot. These injuries include:
- Heel area (Achilles tendonitis (tenosynovitis), heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, nerve compression, vascular insufficiency and sprains.
- Knee pain, associated with tracking of the patella, osteoarthritis, Baker’s cyst, ligamentitis.
- Leg injuries, associated with the motion generated within the leg producing such conditions as, compartment syndrome, shin splints, stress fractures, nerve entrapments and vascular blood clots (DVT)
- Midfoot, associated with trauma in kicking sport. (osteoarthritis)
- Forefoot, associated with foot function, footwear and trauma. And include, stress fractures, sesmoiditis, tendonitis, neuroma, capsulitis.