athlete with injured foot

Treating foot problems in athletes

Elite athletes have a high risk of injury while participating in sport and the most common sports injuries can all be attributed to podiatric complications. Professional and elite athletes push their bodies to the limit and will often risk injury for a better performance. That being the case, as a group, elite athletes will often mask the symptoms of injury and can make difficult patients by playing down symptoms in an effort to get back on the playing field sooner.

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A toe that does not bend normally at the middle joint and points down in the shape of an upside down ‘V’ is called a hammertoe. It is usually seen in the second toe. At first, the toe will keep some of its flexibility and lie flat when barefoot, only appearing as a hammertoe when wearing shoes.

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person holding sprained ankle

Ankle Sprains


An ankle sprain happens when the ligaments in the ankle are stretched or torn. This usually affects the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The ankle will be sore and possibly a little swollen because of the ligament damage. For serious sprains, the ankle will be very swollen, bruised, and too painful to walk on.

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Lacing technique for heel slipping

Lacing Technique

Lacing techniques for different foot shapes

The universal shoe tying technique of a rabbit perpetually running around a tree works great when you’re 5. However, as most runners have experienced, shoes can be a source of discomfort and even sometimes pain.

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hand holding inflamed ankle that represents tendonitis


Tendonitis is swelling of the tendons. In the feet, the most common form of tendonitis affects the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Tendonitis can be very painful and the tendon will often feel stiff and weak.

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