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Ankle Injuries

01/06/2017

Achilles Tendonitis

What causes Achilles Tendonitis? The Achilles tendon is the soft tissue located in the heel which connects calf muscle to the heel bone allowing the body to perform certain activities such as rising on the tip toes and pushing off when running or walking. Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes damaged through excessive pressure through over stretching or impact to the tendon which it is unable to withstand. This is often due to continuous force being put on the heel through prolonged levels of activity and over use however... Read More

25/05/2017

Glass Ankles

The urban dictionary defines glass ankles as: An injury prone ankle with the structural integrity of a house of cards on a bouncy castle. Glass ankles is essentially a slang term for someone who is prone to ankle twist and sprains, a simple trip or stumble can lead to the ankle giving way, this can cause pain and difficulty walking due to the subsequent weakness, swelling and lack of mobility in the joint. Why ‘Glass’? Much like glass, if it is handled without care it will break. People with “glass ankles”,... Read More

08/05/2017
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Blisters

Causes Badly fitting shoes and clothing Long walking/running events such i.e. marathons Damp feet Symptoms Redness over the skin Fluid filled ‘bubble’ appearing on the skin Soreness Treatment Blister plasters and dressings Creams and gels Properly fitting shoes and suitable sports socks What are the Causes of Blisters? The main cause of blisters is friction being applied to a specific area of the skin causing irritation and  a build-up of either serum or plasma under the skin. Blisters can also become filled with pus which is usually a sign of... Read More

21/04/2017

Ankle Injuries

When playing certain sports, such as tennis, netball and squash there is a lot of running and skidding on the court. That puts a lot of pressure and strain on ankles, it is because of this that many players suffer from ankle injuries. Here are our top tips on how to look after your ankles and best prevent injury; Start with the tried and tested RICE principle. Rest the injury (this step is easy to neglect, but don’t it’s important) whether it’s a new injury or not rest is critical.... Read More

27/02/2017
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Ankle Inversion Sprain Taping Tutorial

A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries and is also the most frequently re-injured. In the majority of cases the ankle rolls inwards (inversion) under the weight of the rest of the body, resulting in damage to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. An ankle sprain refers to the tearing of the ligaments of the ankle and account for approximately 40% of all athletic injuries. 85% of ankle sprains occur on the outside (lateral side) of the ankle and are known as an inversion... Read More

Talus Fracture

SUMMARY Causes Impact or excessive pressure or weight placed on the talus bone Often due to underlying injuries or combination of injuries i.e. ankle/foot sprain Common in sports requiring running and jumping Overuse injury Symptoms Surge of pain in the ankle at the point of injury Inability to bear weight on the ankle Swelling and bruising Treatment Minor Surgery Rest Braces and supports Physiotherapy What is a Talus Fracture? The talus is a small bone located in the ankle which is responsible for moving the ankle joint and transferring weight... Read More

29/03/2016

Sprained Ankle

What Is A Sprained Ankle? A sprained ankle occurs when an excessive amount of pressure is placed on the ligaments in the ankle which they are unable to cope with, causing damage and tearing to the soft tissue. The severity of the injury can range from a partial tear to a complete rupture. A common cause of a sprained ankle is the rapid change of direction seen in sports such as football and basketball, particularly when playing on uneven surfaced. Players who may excessively turn the foot inwards are also... Read More

29/03/2016

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)

What is PTTD? PTTD stands for Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. The posterior tibial tendon is located in the inside of the ankle and is used as one of the main supports of the foot and arch. PTTD occurs when this tendon becomes damaged and is no longer able to support the arch, resulting in a flattening of the foot. This is usually as a result of overuse injury in which excessive activity which uses the tendon is undergone, putting added pressure on the tendon which it is unable to withstand.... Read More

Peroneal Tendonitis

What is Peroneal Tendonitis? Peroneal tendonitis occurs when an excessive amount of tension is put on the soft tissue causing the tendons to become damaged. The peroneal muscles are the group of muscles located in the lower leg found between the fibula to other bones in the outside of the leg. These muscles are responsible for movement of the foot and ankle away from the body. This injury is common with patients who undergo a lot of walking and running activities, particularly on uneven ground and slopes. Overuse of the... Read More

Footballer’s Ankle

SUMMARY Causes Ligaments in the ankle becoming thick Repeated ankle injury Repeated upwards kicking action Symptoms Pain in the front of the ankle joint especially when bending the foot A bone-like lump at the front of the ankle Clicking sensation in the ankle Treatment Rest Surgery Ankle splint Use of crutches Physiotherapy What is a Footballers Ankle? Footballers ankle can occur when the soft tissue such as the ligaments or tendons in the ankle become trapped between the bones in the foot. Footballer’s ankle in particular is concerned with the... Read More