Sports Podiatrist treat sports injuries
Australians have a love of sports, with a high number of people participating, sports podiatrists do see a rise in foot and lower leg sporting injuries. These types of injuries can either be severe or persistent and effect both men and women, adult and children.
At AMA Podiatry our sports podiatrists are experienced in musculoskeletal health. We focus on the treatment, prevention and management of soft tissue and sporting injuries of the foot, ankle and lower limb conditions.
Sports injury classifications can fall into two categories, either Acute sport injuries or Chronic sport injuries.
Acute sport injuries
An acute injury, on the other hand, is an injury that occurs suddenly and is usually associated with trauma such as cracking a bone, tearing a muscle or bruising. It could be a result of falling or crashing into another player during sports. Generally, if the injury does not resolve within a six-week period it can become chronic.
Chronic sport injuries
A chronic injury is the result of prolonged, repetitive motion acting on an area of weakness. It is particularly common in endurance sports such as swimming, running and cycling. As such, chronic injuries are often referred to as overuse injuries – injuries resulting from overusing one body area while playing a sport or exercising over a long period. Left untreated it can lead to more serious pathology such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
Sports injury classifications
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.
Sport injury management
Examine and diagnose
There are many different sporting injuries that can result in the foot or lower leg pain. AMA Podiatry are experienced and skilled in identifying the mechanisms that result in sporting injuries.