ANKLE & FOOT
This is the most common injury to the ankle. Typically an ankle sprain is caused by inverting (rolling onto the outside of) the ankle, causing damage to the lateral ligaments and occasionally the tendons running behind and underneath the lateral ankle bone (malleolus).
Another common condition, plantar fasciitis presents as pain on the underside of the heel and is typically most painful on taking the first few steps in the morning or after a prolonged period of rest. It is caused by damage and inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.
ACHILLES & TIBIALIS POSTERIOR INJURY
The 2 main injuries occurring in the achilles are achilles rupture and achilles tendinopathy. A ruptured achilles tendon, as the name suggests, occurs with the fibres of the achilles tendon are either partially or completely torn. Achilles tendinopathy refers to damage and degeneration to the tendon from overuse or over-loading.
Tibialis posterior injury is another common injury, with the pain felt on the inside edge of the lower leg, just behind your medial ankle bone (medial malleolus). We usually see this injury in runners, but can occur in people from all walks of life. Much like tendinopathy in the achilles, the injury is caused by overuse and loading to the tendon, causing it to become inflammed and damaged, with small micro-tears in the tendon.
Most often when people refer to shin splints, they are referring to a condition called Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS). This presents as pain along and tenderness to touch the inside border of the tibia, the large bone in the lower leg. Usually you will only feel pain on activity, especially running or prolonged walking, with the pain subsiding at rest.The pain is thought to be caused by the fascia (the casing around the muscles in the shin area) pulling on the bone, causing inflammation and irritation.
Physiotherapy is typically the go-to treatment for all of the above conditions. We have many years experience in treating injuries to the foot and ankle.
BROKEN BONES (DUE TO A BIG CLUMSY HORSE STEPPING ON YOUR FOOT!)
This one is pretty self explanatory and sadly very common! Not a lot physiotherapy can do in the healing stages, but we do sell cam walker boots to keep the foot immobilised.