The relationship between your feet, ankles and legs are important. When working together, they provide efficient lower limb movements. Any weakness or misalignments in this relationship can lead to possible injuries throughout your body.
Twisting of the foot during sport or standing on an uneven surface can sometimes stretch the ligaments of the ankle beyond their functional limits.
This can result in a ligament sprain, rupture or even a fracture of bones. The ankle becomes weak and painful and may become bruised and swollen.
If not rehabilitated properly, the ankle ligaments may remain weak or unstable. Reoccurrences of this injury is very common.
Our treatment focuses on regaining your range of motion, plus strengthening and reducing compensatory factors within the foot, ankle and legs. We also work to return proprioceptive properties to the ankle joint.
Orthotics, mobilisation and manipulation along with footwear changes may also be required in assisting foot and ankle function and motion.
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
Mostly occurring in runners and athletes, shin splints are characterised by pain at the front and inside section of the lower leg.
Running on hard surfaces, improper footwear, poor biomechanics or increasing activity levels too quickly can bring about this injury.
This pain is often the result of muscle fatigue and weakness. It can be caused by poor shock absorption, and/or poor foot biomechanics, placing increased stress on the tibia.
Peroneal Tendon Pathologies
The peroneal tendons stabilise the feet. When a foot is weak, or footwear is unsuitable, these tendons can be overused. They can easily tear or degenerate, resulting in pathologies (or pain).
This pain usually occurs on the outside of the foot, and is worse in bare feet or flat shoes. It’s usually sore on the outside of the foot while walking.