Foot & Ankle Injuries

Foot & Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are amongst the most common injuries in sport. The foot is a complex structure, requiring to absorb forces from the ground when a foot strikes the ground (such as when running) and generating force when pushing off. It therefore needs to be both mobile and robust.

The foot and ankle comprises 31 bones, each joined to adjacent bones by joints, a multidude of ligaments and muscles and tendons. Any of these structures may suffer injury. Common injuries include:

  • Ligament Sprains
  • Tendon problems (Achilles)
  • Bone injuries
  • Joint sprains
  • Nerve injuries

Ligament sprains are common, and most recover well with limited treatment. However, accurate diagnosis and a well structured rehabilitation plan can prevent recurrences by addressing foot mechanics and stability.

Bones can fracture, either through a sudden force or an accumulation of stresses from training. Some bone stress injuries are more worrying than others. For example, the 5th metatarsal (outside of the foot) and navicular (top of the foot), often heal poorly and may need surgery. Others can be nursed to recovery through appropriate measures to increase foot mobility, increasing the strength of the associated muscles and carefully adjusting return to sport by looking at footwear, running surface, distance and speed.

Joint sprains and arthritis are not uncommon (especially affecting the big toe), and nerves can get pinched between the bones (Morton’s neuroma).

Our team include experienced Sports Physicians, Physiotherapists and a Podiatrist, who can work together to help accurately diagnose your problem and ensure your safe return to activity after injury.