Category

Lower Leg Injuries

23/05/2017

Tight Calves

Tight calf muscle symptoms tend to come on gradually and get worse while exercising (often during running). Sometime they will improve during the run, and other times only improve when the muscles cool down. This is a common problem in athletes particularly runners. The reasons for the calf muscles tightening up vary from person to person, but may include biomechanical problems such as over pronation, muscle imbalances elsewhere placing extra strain on the calf or conditions such as compartment syndrome. Treatment The treatment of tight calf muscles should focus on... Read More

10/05/2017
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Medial tibial Stress syndrome (Shin splints)

People who suffering from shin splints often experience acute pain down the front of the lower leg, along the Tibia. These symptoms can be really painful, resulting in swelling or the inability to complete an exercise, this pain can last for as much as a few weeks. Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is often seen in the military, runners, gymnasts, footballers and dancers. Although it is very common in a wide range of sports. Shin splints are often caused by: high impact stresses on the legs, an increase in exercise or... Read More

Shin Splints

SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury common in running and jumping activities Poor biomechanics Tightness in the calf muscles Poor footwear Symptoms Sudden pain in the inner part of the shin Pain when resuming activity Inability to bear weight on the injury Swelling and inflammation Aching and stiffness Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory medication Strengthening and stretching exercises What are Shin Splints? Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints) occurs when the connective tissue that connects muscle to the shin bone (tibia) becomes damaged or inflamed due to excessive strain or force being placed... Read More

Compartment Syndrome

SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury common in running activities Poor biomechanics such as pronation or supination Increased activity levels Symptoms Pain and tightness at the front of the lower leg Pain when resuming activity Weakness, aching and stiffness in the area Lumps or thickness in the area of pain Treatment Rest Physiotherapy Deep Tissue Massage Posture evaluation Surgery in extreme cases What is a Compartment Syndrome? Compartment syndrome occurs when swelling of the muscles in the lower leg causes increased pressure in the tissues. This increased pressure appears as a result... Read More

Calf Strain

SUMMARY Causes Sudden large force or pressure to the calf Overuse injury common in running and jumping activities Excessive acceleration from stationary and lunging Insufficient warm up exercise Symptoms Sudden pain in the calf muscle Pain when resuming activity Inability to bear weight on the injury Swelling and inflammation Aching and stiffness Abnormal appearance of the calf Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory medication Heel pads Physiotherapy What is Calf Strain? Calf strain occurs when the muscle at the back of the lower leg becomes damaged or inflamed due to excessive strain... Read More