Podiatry Treatments

Sports Injuries

Feet Matters are experienced in treating sports injuries to the feet, ankles or lower limbs. Injuries in the feet are very common as a result of the high forces and repetition of movement sustained during sporting activities.

Athlete having sustained a sports injury
How do sports injuries occur?

Some sports injuries are the result of trauma: an awkward knee twist in a rugby tackle, a sprained ankle while running or a hockey ball striking the foot. Other injuries are chronic and occur due to the repetitive nature of a sports activity coupled with insufficient time to heal. This is particularly frequent in runners due to the biomechanical overload that arises from the over-use of particular limb/muscle/ligament groups.

You may pick up an injury from any physical exercise or sport including running, rugby, hockey, football, dance, yoga, walking and tennis.

How can podiatry help with a sports injury?

At our Dartford Foot Clinic, we use a range of examination techniques to diagnose a sports injury and create a treatment plan. For sports injuries, a biomechanical assessment is often the best starting point. Time and rest are usually key components of a sports injury treatment plan. Alongside this, we suggest mobilisation and manipulation techniques to improve the rate and quality of recovery.

Common Sports injuries
  • Shin splints (compartment syndrome)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles pain
  • Stress fractures
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Bursitis
What happens at my first appointment?

At your first appointment, we will conduct a biomechanical assessment, assess the injury and make some initial recommendations for treatment. At your follow-up appointment, we will discuss your progress and deliver appropriate ongoing treatment as and if required.

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Feet Matters are regulated by the Health & Care Professionals Council and The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.