Plantar fascia is the name for the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot and through overuse can very easily have micro tearing at the point of attachment to cause an excruciating heel pain.
Foot and Toe Injuries
Turf toe occurs as a result of excessive bending of the big toe causing a sprain to the ligaments in the base of the toe in the ball of the foot. So, what exactly are the main causes of turf toe and how can you best treat and prevent the injury.
A blister is a fluid filled sack that forms beneath the upper layers of the skin, they can cause pain and discomfort and will usually be caused by trauma to the skin. Blisters are a very common occurrence in sport, so how exactly do you treat, prevent and care for blisters caused by sport.
TweetThe Plantar Fascia is the ligament that runs from the heel of the foot to the balls of your feet. It is the foots natural shock absorber and supports the arch. Runners are particularly prone to develop Plantar Fasciitis due to long periods of running and exercise. The stress and tension that can come from these activates can cause the fascia to become inflamed and strained, in turn this can lead to the muscles and tendons of the foot and lower leg to also become aggravated. Sometimes runners will make... Read More
Tweet What Is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is sustained when the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed and usually occurs at the point in which your heel attaches to the tissue. Plantar Fascia is the band of tissue that stretches from your heel to the bones found in the middle of your foot, acting as a shock absorber in the foot as well as supporting the arch. This injury is one of the most common causes of heel pain with 1 in 10 being affected by this injury at some point in... Read More
TweetCauses 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
Tweet SUMMARY Causes Sudden impact to the toe Playing on hard, artificial surfaces Excessive bending and stretching of the toe Ill supporting shoes Symptoms Sudden pain in the big toe Sometimes a ‘popping’ sensation is felt on impact Pain and swelling in the toe when bending or stretching Swelling and bruising Treatment RICE method Taping and strapping techniques Anti-inflammatory medications Footwear inserts or insoles Rehabilitation exercise What is Turf Toe? Turf toe occurs as a result of excessive bending of the big toe causing a sprain to the ligaments in... Read More
Tweet SUMMARY Causes Overpronation Fallen arch (flat feet) Previous injury i.e. ankle sprain causing compression of the nerve Underlying health issues such as diabetes or arthritis Symptoms Burning pain in the foot arch, heel and toes Pins and needles sensation Numbness Treatment RICE method Rest Bracing and supports What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? The space located on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones is known as the tarsal tunnel. The tunnel comprises of a thick ligament which maintains the soft tissue and nerves. Tarsal tunnel syndrome... Read More
TweetWhat Is A Broken Metatarsal? A broken metatarsal is a broken bone in the foot. The metatarsal bones are the group of five long bones in the mid/front of the foot which connect to the toes. These are numbered first – fifth metatarsal starting with the big toe. A metatarsal stress fracture comes as a result of a sudden force to the bones which can be common in contact sports such as rugby and hockey, or more commonly these can be as a result of overuse which is often seen in athletes... Read More
Tweet SUMMARY Causes Ill fitting shoes and clothing Long walking/running events such i.e. marathons Damp feet Symptoms Redness over the skin Fluid filled ‘bubble’ like mound appearing on the skin Soreness Treatment Blister plasters and dressings Lubricating gels (i.e. petroleum jelly) Properly fitting shoes Multi-Layered socks Soft clothing What are 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... Read More