Sports Injuries

Running - Shin SplintsSports injuries of the foot, legs and knee or hip joints are common. These sporting injuries can be overuse injuries, acute trauma injuries or other chronic injuries.

Overuse Injuries: Common overuse injuries include Plantar Fasciitis (Heel pain), Tendinitis and Bursitis.

These injuries are common in the running or sporting population. They are often perceived by the sports player as not having a mechanism of injury – the pain just starts up with no injury, collision or fall being recollected. However overuse injuries are, as the name describes, the outcome of overuse.

Overuse can either be attributed to an increase in training schedules or running mileage, such as training for a tournament of a marathon OR can be the result of doing the same activity at the same intensity over several weeks, months or years.

Sports InjuriesAll connective tissue in the body such as muscle, tendon, ligament or bone has the capacity to withstand a certain amount of force placed upon it. However, repetitive and recurrent application of force to these tissues will slowly cause them to weaken and eventually they start to fail. Since we are all different, the threshold at which overuse injury develops is different for each of us.

Acute Trauma Injuries: These are injuries which happen rapidly and can often be attributed to a specific mechanism of injury such as uneven ground causing an ankle sprain, a sprint start leading to an Achilles strain, or a football tackle leading to foot injury.

Treatment and Therapy

Help is at hand.  Our podiatrists are able to assess the biomechanics of the way you walk and run in order to ascertain if the position and movements of the foot, leg, knee and hip are misaligned.  If foot and leg posture or positioning is incorrect then the connective structures around all these joints are more likely to become injured through overuse.

The podiatry team also has a consultant foot surgeon available for more surgical matters of the foot such as tendon repair.

Contact us today to book an appointment or to find out more about the foot treatments we offer.

Specialist Footwear and Sports Gear

The right footwear is essential for both comfort and reducing the risk of injury.

Lanson Running take a hands-on approach to their physio-endorsed ‘Fitting Service’ when selecting shoes for your running style. Their professional, friendly and personal service makes it consistent with the experience of visiting one of our Podiatrists. Their range of running shoes, clothing, accessories and gadgets is extensive and will cater for all your running needs. Plus visit their website for convenient fast-paced online shopping if you cannot make it to their store just outside Kingston town centre in Hampton Wick.

Visit http://www.lansonrunning.com/ for more information.

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