Sports Injuries

When we’re active, we place our bodies and our joints under immense stress, especially the joints in our feet and legs that must take on our body weight with every step while absorbing the impact forces from the ground. This means that none of us are immune to musculoskeletal injuries, which are coined as sporting injuries due to sports being a big causal factor.

 

At Masterton Foot Clinic, treating musculoskeletal injuries, including those sustained during sports, make up a large part of the conditions we treat and the people we care for.

Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis is characterised by the sharp painful steps first thing in the morning, and when standing after rest. The injury is to your plantar fascia, a tissue that runs across from your heel, across your arch and to your toes. We work to help the plantar fascia repair and recover while preventing its re-injury in the future.

Achilles Heel Pain

Achilles tendinopathy, or tendonitis, describes pain at the back of the heel at the thick cord-like tendon known as your Achilles tendon. This is the strongest tendon in your body – and rightly so, as it takes on high loads and forces when you walk and run. As Achilles pain can persist for years and become chronic without the right care, we focus on not only relieving the painful symptoms but helping you stay pain-free for the years to come.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis causes pain, swelling and discomfort at and beneath the big toe joint, where your two sesamoid bones are located and embedded within a tendon. The primary cause is repetitive stress on the forefoot and the big toe joint. We work with patients to alleviate the painful symptoms of sesamoiditis and prevent the problem from recurring.

Shin Splints

Medically referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints describes pain at the front and inside of your shins. It is caused by excess stress on the area past what your body can safely handle, causing damage to either the attaching muscles or the lining of the shin bone. We work with plenty of runners and non-runners to help them manage their shin splints, with the goal of preventing it from being an ongoing problem in the future.

Runner’s Knee

Otherwise known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, runner’s knee is the cause of pain behind and around the kneecap in the majority of runners. It is caused by friction between the kneecap and the bottom of the thigh bone, resulting in damage to the bone and the articular cartilage that is designed to help protect the knee joint. We work with patients to relieve their knee pain and treat the underlying cause so they can get back to running without pain.