Foot and ankle pain

Pain in arch of foot

Pain in the arch of the foot

One of the most common injuries in sports like distance running is pain in the arch of the foot. And while you may assume that it’s plantarfasciitis, there are a long list of other possibilities and causes. Foot pain can be divided into two categories – sudden (or acute onset) and gradual (or insidious) onset. […]

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what is a bunion?

What is a bunion?

The term “bunion” is one of those funny ones. You’ve probably heard it before, particularly from grandma. Every time you wear pointy shoes, someone tells you you’ll get bunions. You’ve been told that you’ve inherited them from your mother. So let’s cover “what is a bunion?”, “do you get them from your mother?” and “will […]

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Ankle impingement

Talocrural (ankle) impingement

Talocrural (ankle) impingement is a pinching-type injury that occurs around the ankle joint It is most commonly seen after ankle sprain but can occur in isolation as well Compressing the injured site causes a sharp pain, or pinch, with a residual ache, while stretching the injury causes an intense localised pain TIPS As the condition […]

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Fibula fracture

Fibula fracture – how to tell if it’s broken

Fibula fracture can occur during an inversion (inwards) ankle sprain It causes pain and swelling on the lateral (outside) aspect of the ankle Once identified, crutches and a camwalker boot are required for 1-2 weeks and 4-6 weeks respectively TIPS Fibula fractures look like a simple ankle sprain when they happen. They have the same […]

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Why is my ankle sprain not getting better

Why is my sprained ankle not getting better?

When you sprain your ankle, most people assume they’ve just torn some ligaments. But there’s so much more that can go wrong and delay your recovery. Read on to understand why your ankle sprain may not be getting better… WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SPRAIN YOUR ANKLE? THE ANATOMY OF THE ANKLE Firstly you’ll need to […]

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Bone stress reaction

Bone stress reaction – what, why and how to fix it

Bone stress reaction causes a dull, usually prolonged, ache around the injury site A bone stress reaction can occur due to impact loading or connective tissue traction Reactions caused by impact loading can progress to bone stress fractures with ongoing overload TIPS Bone stress reactions often occur with other injuries and can be difficult to […]

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Talar dome lesion

Talar dome lesion – sneaky complication of ankle sprain

Talar dome lesion refers to an injury to the surface of the bone in the ankle joint, the Talus. These injuries typically involve a defect or damage to the smooth cartilage surface overlying the bone Classic symptoms include extended recovery times post ankle sprain, recurrent swelling with activity and ongoing deep ache during and after […]

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Talocrural synovitis

Talocrural synovitis

Talocrural synovitis is an inflammatory reaction affecting the sensitive lining of the ankle joint capsule (known as the synovium). The reaction affects the inner part of the joint capsule and can produce fluid inside the joint. CAUSES OF INJURY This reaction can be caused by a number of mechanisms. Here are the three most common […]

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Why is my ankle sprain not getting better

Ankle sprain – quick fixes for your rolled ankle

Ankle sprains occur after a rapid and uncontrolled “roll” of the ankle Swelling and/or bruising indicates structural damage, usually involving a ligament or bone The pain can often worsen over the first 1-2 days due to the body’s acute inflammatory response. This does not mean the injury is getting worse though TIPS Don’t take anti […]

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Retrocalcaneal bursitis

Retrocalcaneal bursitis – a cause of persistent heel pain

Retrocalcaneal bursitis is an inflammatory condition of the bursa (pad) between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone Pain is worse while walking uphill and can be aggravated by direct pressure from footwear This condition often feels better in high heels or when walking on toes TIPS Wear shoes that have a 2-3″ heel and […]

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