Foot & Ankle

Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is an injury to the Achilles tendon and is typically felt at or slightly above the heel. It is worse in the morning when trying to walk on the foot. The pain is also worse when trying to push off with the toes while walking or running.

A common treatment for this problem is physiotherapy, which focuses on an eccentric strengthening program for the Achilles tendon. These exercises can be painful, but this does not necessarily mean further damage is occurring. Consult with a physiotherapist to ensure this specific program is correct for you.

Lateral Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are common injuries that occur in most sports. Typically, a lateral ankle sprain can occur when an athlete twists the ankle inwards (inversion) or lands on someone's foot which causes the foot to turn inwards. Pain is usually felt on the lateral or outside part of the ankle and can be accompanied by bruising and swelling.

If the injury is severe enough, a pop can be heard at the time of the injury. Swelling usually occurs quickly and it is painful to weight bear. If there are any signs of deformity, an X-ray should be taken to rule out a fracture.

Pursuing physiotherapy is the best course of action to help reduce the swelling and pain. Physiotherapy will also help the athlete return to sports sooner.