The Foot and Ankle can suffer a range of pain and injuries. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. For further information and to book an appointment to treat your foot or ankle injury, call us on 97839990.
The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. The main function of the Achilles tendon is to attach the calf muscles to the heel, and therefore assists in moving the foot from the ankle joint.
The ligaments of the ankle are located on the outside (lateral ligament) and on the inside (medial ligament) of the ankle. They assist in providing balance and stability. The ligaments can be torn or sprained if there is a sudden force resulting in over stretching these ligaments.
Hallux Valgus or Bunions is a common condition that affects the forefoot, in particular the big toe and its associated joints. Bunions can lead to arthritis if not treated, once a bunion is formed it may progress with age and be aggravated by the type of shoes you wear as well as your type of activity.
There are many causes of pain in the forefoot, however Morton’s Interdigital Neuroma is one of the most commonly seen. Morton’s Neuroma is best described as an irritation or compression of the nerve most commonly between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones in the foot.
Severs 'disease' is not really a disease moreover often a complication of growing too fast. As our bodies grow during rapid growth periods, the bones have a tendency to grow too fast for the surrounding muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues.
Low grade ankle ligament tears can respond well within a matter of weeks. A proportion of ankle injuries however involve other structures within the ankle such as bone, tendon or the cartilage inside the ankle (articular cartilage) this can lead to a longer recovery time and result in a troublesome ankle beyond 3-6 months.
What Are The Symptoms of Foot Pain?
Forefoot pain is often difficult to describe and ill-defined. It generally presents as a burning or shooting pain which often radiates into the toes. Periods of weight-bearing, particularly running up on the toes or wearing high-heels tends to intensify the pain, as does wearing occlusive or tight fitting footwear.
What Is Sever Disease?
Severs ‘disease’ is not really a disease moreover often a complication of growing too fast. As our bodies grow during rapid growth periods, the bones have a tendency to grow too fast for the surrounding muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues. As a result there can be increased forces that occur to certain areas of tendon/muscle attachment.
How Can It Be Treated?
Seek help from a Physiotherapist, Podiatrist or Sports Physician who will diagnose and treat your ankle or foot injury accordingly.
What Is The Cause of Bunions?
Common contributing factors of Bunion's are poorly fitting or narrow footwear and high-heeled shoes. If these factors are addressed by a Podiatrist the progression of the condition can be slowed, however if the reasons for the bunion are not removed then bunions can continue to deform and can be very painful. Once a Bunion is formed it may progress with age and be aggravated by the type of shoes you wear as well as your type of activity.
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