Sports Podiatry

Heel Pain

Sports podiatry is the treatment and management of musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries of the foot and lower leg. This includes assessment and treatment of mechanical conditions of the foot and lower leg which causes those injuries.

This may involve biomechanical analysis of the feet, gait analysis and video analysis in order to manage those mechanical conditions appropriately. In some instances, diagnostic imaging though radiographic x-rays, ultrasound and other more specialised investigations including MRI’s may be required.

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If you are experiencing pain in your foot, lower leg or knee, then visit Glengarry Podiatry to accurately diagnose your complaint. Common sporting injuries may include:

Heel Pain

A common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, usually felt on first weight bearing after rest in the heel pad, and is sometimes described as a stone bruise.

It often becomes progressively worse and may reach a stage where the heel is painful all the time.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia (a ligament type structure in the sole of the foot that attaches to the heel bone) becomes damaged and inflamed.

A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis can usually be made based on the history and by clinical examination. In some cases your Podiatrist may request an ultrasound to determine the extent of the problem.

Treatment modalities include rest, stretching, pain relief, footwear modifications and supportive devices.

Informative photo showing the difference between flat feet and normal feet

Pronated Feet/Flat Feet

Flat feet are identified while standing or walking. When someone with flat feet stands, their inner foot or arch flattens and their foot may roll over to the inner side. This is known as over pronation.

Over pronation can cause a range of musculoskeletal problems, including plantar fasciitis, knee and patella tracking problems, shin pain, iliotibial band syndrome and even stress fractures as well as low back pain.

By making an appointment today you may prevent injury. We can offer you prescription sports shoes and/or ultra light orthotics to prevent injury, if medically required. Orthotics will maintain the foot, ankle and leg in a corrected alignment while walking or running preventing injury and reducing pain. We provide laser scanned orthotics which are light weight, thin and durable devices, which last between 3 and 7 years when appropriate.

Shin Splints

Shin splints, a general term used to describe exercise-induced pain in the lower legs, or shins. Often the shin pain can be felt during or after strenuous activity, particularly running, or sports with sudden stops and starts along the shin bone (tibia), which runs down the inner part of your shin.

If possible, you should stop doing the activity that is causing the problem for at least two weeks. You can still exercise during this time, but choose activities that do not put too much force on your shins, such as swimming and cycling. The pain is usually, although not always, felt in both shins and it can take several days or even weeks to subside once activity is ceased.

If symptoms persist please call Glengarry Podiatry, our podiatrists specialise in diagnosing and treating foot problems that may cause shin pain.

A photo of a group of people running on cement in sport shoes
Man holding his knee while excercising

Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease

Swelling and tenderness over the bony bump just below the kneecap is known as Osgood-Schlatter’s disease.

This is a common cause of knee pain and swelling in teenagers, particularly teenage boys who sprain or overuse their thigh muscles when playing football or other sports.

Mild cases usually settle with rest and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Severe cases may need referral to a specialist.

Patella Tendonitis

Overusing or injuring the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone can cause patellar tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon).  This condition is sometimes called “jumper’s knee”, as it can be brought on by jumping activities such as basketball or volleyball.

The area may be swollen, red and warm.

Man sitting on the ground holding ice to his knee
The information on this page is of a general nature only and should not replace the advice of a qualified health professional.