Today many of us participate in sporting activities that place increased demands on our feet, ankles and lower legs.

The more we engage in such pursuits the greater the likelihood of injury to these regions of the body.

Some of the most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains – these are tears to the ligaments that join the ends of bones together, and are most common with the ankles and knees.
  • Strains – these occur when there is a pull or tear of the muscles or tendons
  • Shin Splints – this is usually experienced as pain along the outside front of the lower leg, and is most common in runners.
  • Achilles tendonitis – this occurs when an injury involves the large band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heal.

Sports injuries often occur as a result of a movement during sport or exercise that results in sudden and most often severe pain, the inability to place weight on the injured leg, and the inability to move the affected part of the leg. More chronic sports injuries usually result from overuse of the legs over an extended period of time. Such injuries will be accompanied by soreness, dull aching pain and pain whilst participating in physical activity.

The optimal management of an initial sports injury can be achieved with RICE:

  • R – Rest – minimize the movement of the injured area
  • I – Ice – apply a cold pack to help constrict the blood vessels and reduce pain
  • C – Compression – applying light pressure to the affected area will assist with swelling
  • E – Elevation – by raising up the leg area the pressure from the blood and tissue swelling is reduced as the fluids drain away from the affected region

If however you continue to experience severe pain, swelling, numbness, joint instability or the inability to bear weight on the limb then a visit to Bentley Podiatry is strongly recommended for a full foot and leg assessment.

Contact Bentley Podiatry today for more information.