The Achilles Tendon is a large tendon at the back of the ankle connecting the leg muscle to the foot. The two most common injuries to the Achilles are tendinopathy and rupture or tear of the tendon. To find out more about Achilles injury and prevention, download the attached pdf from Sports Medicine Australia.
Hamstring tears and strains are one of the most common injuries in sport. Poor muscle flexibility has been suggested as a modifiable risk factor for muscle strain injury. To find out more please download the attached pdf from Sports Medicine Australia.
The menisci sit between the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone) to act as a shock absorber, spread the fluid in the knee and to help stabilise the knee during function by making the effective knee joint deeper. It is often injured with load bearing twisting injuries causing swelling (which can be delayed), locking, grinding and joint line pain. The medial meniscus on the inside of the knee is injured more often than the outside or lateral meniscus.To find out more download the attached pdf from Sports Medicine Australia.
A common injury occurring commonly during a fast change of direction, sudden take off , land from a jump or even increased loading as when climbing stairs. The injury manifests as pain behind the shin and can make walking stairs and even getting in/out of the car painful. To find out more download the attached pdf from Sports Medicine Australia.
Injury to the ankle can be debilitating with a lot of pain and swelling. Often described as rolling the ankle with a sudden increase in swelling of the joint and more commonly pain to the outside of the ankle. The RICE (rest,ice,compression,elevation) protocol is always the first action that should be taken. To find out more download the attached pdf from Sports Medicine Australia.
The anterior cruciate (ACL) is one of the main stabilising ligaments of the knee. A typical presentation can include large acute swelling, hearing a pop or crack followed by extreme pain, instability and the inability to fully extend the knee. The femoral cartilage or menisci may also be damaged when an ACL ruptures. To find out more please download the attached pdf from Sports Medicine Australia.
That awful pain to the heel at the back of the foot arch It can feel like stepping on stones first thing in the morning and can make the simplest activities into a painful event. Plantar Fasciitis is best caught early so that pain free activities can be avoided and appropriate strategies for unloading the fascia implemented. There are various methods of treatment that must be applied to the individual based on their specific presentation. To find out more please download the attached PDF from Sports Medicine Australia.
Shin pain can be debilitating and complex to treat. More often than not there is a direct relationship with body control (biomechanics) that causes increased stress and strain in the lower limb. This may start at the hip or from the foot up but the whole lower limb must be considered in order to provide a lasting solution giving a patient the best chance of a return to the activities that this pain may be preventing you from completing. To find out more please downoad the attached PDF from Sports Medicine Australia.