Sports Injury Clinic
Playing sports and participating in physical activity is a great way to keep fit and healthy. However, sports injuries affecting the lower limbs are not uncommon. If you’re experiencing foot, ankle, knee, or leg pain due to a sports injury, our experienced podiatrists can help.
What kind of foot or leg pain can arise from a sports injury?
Running, cycling, rugby, and a range of other sports activities are excellent athletic pursuits. But these sports can also put pressure on certain parts of the body, and sudden movements may cause twists and sprains.
General aches and muscle pains are common but if you notice severe or ongoing discomfort in your feet and lower limbs, it could be a sign of a sports injury that needs attention from a specialist podiatrist.
Some of the most common sports injuries include:
Ankle Sprain – Damage to the ligaments in your ankle can be caused by twisting during activities such as football, dance, rugby or running. Biological factors such as hypermobility can also contribute.
Runner’s Knee – As the name suggests, this dull ache around the kneecap can be caused by biomechanics (the way you run or walk).
Achilles Tendinopathy – Pain along the back of the heel, caused by inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can occur if you make sudden, intense movements such as jumping. Activities that involve accelerating from standing can also lead to Achilles tendinopathy.
Plantar Fasciitis – Pain at the bottom of your foot can arise when it absorbs too much stress. Running can cause further strain, leading to inflammation and discomfort.
Morton’s Neuroma –if you notice pain in the ball of your foot after dancing, cycling, skiing, or playing football, it could be due to nerve swelling between the metatarsal bones.
Heel Spur – a bony protrusion on the underside of your heel. Running on hard surfaces, as well as wearing improper shoes can contribute to a heel spur.
Who should I see about foot or ankle pain?
When experiencing sports-related foot or ankle pains, it is best to see a Musculoskeletal Podiatrist. MSK Podiatrists have completed a degree and post-graduate training specifically focusing on foot and ankle complications, as well as gait patterns that can contribute to repetitive or chronic injuries in the lower limbs.
It is important to understand the underlying cause of your sports injury. Was it just a one-off from a particular movement you can pinpoint or could your gait be contributing to reoccurring symptoms?
What sports injury treatment can a podiatrist offer?
Alongside carrying out biomechanical assessments, podiatrists have advanced training in treating both routine foot issues and sports-related injuries.
Depending on your injury, your podiatrist may offer:
- Stretching and strengthening regimes to aid rehabilitation
- Joint manipulation to help reduce pain and restore your range of motion
- Soft tissue mobilisation to optimise your muscle function
- Strapping and taping to stabilise your limbs and offload pressure
- Footwear advice so you can find the best sports shoes for your activity
- Insoles and orthotics – inserts to improve your gait and aid the healing process
- Activity advice on how to perform safely
- Prevention advice to avoid similar injuries in the future
- Referral for private surgical assessment if your sports injury requires it
Our team at MyFootMedic use state-of-the-art podiatry equipment and the latest medical techniques to provide you with the best injury treatment.
Visit the MyFootMedic sports injury clinic in Bedford
At MyFootMedic, we understand how frustrating foot pain can be — whether it’s limiting your mobility in everyday life or preventing you from competing at the highest level.
Our team of podiatrists have undergone rigorous and advanced training to treat sports injuries. We can provide biomechanical assessments, physical therapy, and a range of other evidence-based treatments to reduce pain, aid recovery, and optimise your mobility.
Whether you are a new patient or a regular, you will be advised of our prices and no treatment will be undertaken without your prior consent.