The Killarney Vale sports injury podiatrist with HICAPS facilities

While exercise is great for your health, improper form, unsupportive footwear or existing foot and heel problems can lead to injury. At Killarney Vale Podiatry, we can detect any problem areas, helping you avoid potential injury. If you’re already experiencing pain or discomfort, our podiatrist can create a treatment plan to help you get on your way to recovery.

The way you walk and run can impact your foot health. Using purpose-made technology, we can assess your gait, prescribing stretching and strengthening exercises and form changes to correct any irregularities that could lead to pain or problems in the future. We can also help you find the right footwear and orthotics to support your feet, ankles, knees and hips.

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Types of Sports Injuries

Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendon injuries are highly common in athletes due to overuse. Other causes included training on hard or sloped surfaces, wearing unsupportive footwear and poor running or exercise form. This problem can cause pain and swelling as well as stiffness of the Achilles tendon. Treatment: Our podiatrist may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises and orthotics as part of treatment for Achilles tendinopathy.

Torn or Ruptured Tendon

A partial or fully torn or ruptured tendon is generally identified by a ‘pop’ noise followed by a sharp pain through the ankle and lower leg. This type of injury happens when sudden stress is put on the tendon, such as stepping in a hole, falling from a height, jumping or sports with increasing amounts of intensity.

Treatment: Surgery may be required for severe tears or ruptures. For less severe cases, we may prescribe exercise modification, stretches, calf strengthening exercises and orthotics.

Stress Fracture

A stress fracture is a crack in the bone, which if left untreated can eventually fracture the whole way through. This type of injury can be caused by placing excessive stress on the metatarsal bones, weight, foot deformities, sudden increases in activity levels, improper exercise form, running on hard surfaces, unstable shoes and people with decreased bone density.

The pain level can vary from a dull ache to constantly severe, with it increasing if the foot is bent or being used to walk, run or jump. A crunching noise can also be heard.

Treatment: We will typically immobilise the foot and recommend crutches to allow the stress fracture to heal.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is a condition which occurs through excessive stress on the shin bone and surrounding muscles. It may feel like an ache, heavy or tired legs or even a sharp pain preventing you from performing physical activity.

Shin splints left untreated can lead to a stress fracture in the shin bone, so it is important to have the cause of the problem rectified quickly. Training errors, such as intensity or frequency overload, body alignment issues and unsupportive footwear can all be contributing factors to the progression and healing of the condition.

Treatment: We may suggest training modifications, muscle stretching and strengthening exercises, footwear advice and orthotics as part of a treatment plan.