Foot and ankle pain and injury

Ankle pain is common in sports people due to repeated impact and stresses that the foot and ankle are placed under. Teesside Sports Injury Centre can diagnose and treat most injuries, including the following:

Ankle Sprain

Ligament injuries of the ankle are among the most common sports injuries. They usually occur when the foot/ankle is overturned either inwards or outwards. Normal symptoms are pain when weightbearing and moving the ankle; swelling and bruising are common occurrences. Ankle sprains can seem to be very simple injuries, however that is not always the case – without correct treatment and rehabilitation symptoms can be prolonged leading to decreased athletic performance and risk of reoccurrence.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of the connective tissue in the sole of the foot. It will usually present as heel pain which is worse on getting out of bed in a morning, although pain eases gradually. Although commonly localised to the heel, pain can be present elsewhere in the sole of the foot.

Heel pad pain

Common in middle aged adults and athletes. Can develop suddenly after a fall onto the heels from a height, or appear gradually due to excessive heel strike combined with poor heel cushioning.

Turf toe

A sprain to the big toe is common in sports that take place on all weather or ‘astro-turf’ pitches. The big toe is usually bent backwards excessively causing swelling and pain.

Fractured toe

Very common in kicking sports, or due to something heavy being dropped onto the toes/foot. Normally no treatment is required other than rest.

Achilles tendonopathy

Pain in the Achilles tendon region is an extremely frequent symptom in distance runners. An acute rupture will cause sudden severe pain and inability to weight bear. Overuse injuries can be caused by especially hard training sessions or competitions. Overuse tendinopathy will normally present with gradual development of pain and stiffness on rising in the morning. Pain diminishes with walking about. Overuse Achilles tendinopathy responds best if treatment is begun in early stages.