Ankle & Foot conditions

Strains and sprains

A strain is an injury to the muscle tendon; a sprain is an injury to the ligaments. In fact, both tissues are in very close proximity, so in an injury, you are likely to damage both types of connective tissue. There will be pain, tenderness and swelling, typically caused by forcing the joint beyond its normal range of motion. Symptoms will include pain, which is worse on weight-bearing, with bruising and swelling of the ankle area.

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis a result from sudden over-stretching, producing pain in the heel, just above the heel bone. It can be caused by suddenly stepping off a curb, or by a sports injury, especially in the older athlete where the blood supply to the tendon sheath is not as efficient as it used to be.

Plantar fasciitis -(Policeman's heel)

This is a pain at the base of the foot, due to friction close to the heel, and inside the the arch of the foot, and is caused by a strain. The pain is worse on waking up in the morning, or running, (especially downhill).

Morton's neuroma

Morton's neuroma this is caused by a thickening of a nerve in the foot,due to friction, leading to pain in the foot and to the 3rd and 4th toes on standing or walking. Typically seen in a middle-aged woman. May require surgery.

Osteoarthritis of the ankle

Symptoms include stiffness and pain, and the joint feels warm and swollen.

Please note

Ankle pain may be referred from the lumbar spine, hip and knee.

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