Lower limb and foot injuries can be debilitating, so proper assessment, diagnosis and management is critical to recovery.
We all rely on pain-free movement to get through life - whether it be for essential work, fitness or general enjoyment - so it's difficult when pain impacts our lifestyle and ability to complete tasks. Unfortunately, regardless of fitness or activity level, everyone is likely to suffer a foot or lower limb injury at some stage.
Recovery from injury is heavily reliant on achieving an accurate diagnosis and following a comprehensive treatment plan to manage pain and reduce the risk of future injury. It's this management plan that is likely to differ between patients depending on their activity level. If staying active is important to you, then you need to seek the advise of health professionals who are experienced in dealing with athletes. Running Fix can help!
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints dealt with in the podiatry clinic, and a few key injuries are most often to blame.
Baxter's Nerve Entrapment
Fat Pad Injury
Bone Stress Injuries
Fast and accurate diagnosis of bone stress injuries is essential to ensure proper management and minimise impacts on overall health.
Bone stress injuries are classified on a spectrum depending on their severity, progressing from mild bone bruising to stress reaction, and through to stress fracture.
Initial treatment requires complete offloading, in addition to consideration of other contributing factors such as training load, nutrition, sleep and recovery. Ongoing management must include a slow and progressive return to training through a well-managed bone loading program.
Unfortunately, the incidence of bone stress injuries amongst runners is high. Even more important to consider, is the risk of suffering a second bone stress injury is exorbitantly increased after an initial episode. Hence injury management and moderated return to training is exceptionally important.