Many things can cause foot pain and injury. The repetitive way in which our feet and legs move is very important.
With 26 bones, 4 layers of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia - plus over 40 joints - the foot is a complex structure. The body is linked by fascia. Therefore, dysfunction in the upper body can be related to problems in the feet. Conversely, problems in the feet may be due to causes in the upper body.
A considerable amount of injuries are caused by a change in load, such as:
- An increase in exercise distance
- Introducing hills into training
- Changing sports or activities
- Working on hard surfaces (or a change in body position whilst working)
- New or different footwear
- Increase in body weight
- The aging process
Correct diagnosis is vital, so the initial cause can be effectively treated, rehabilitated and prevented from recurring.
Common foot and leg conditions include:
- Plantar heel pain
- Achilles & calf pain
- Shin pain
- Flat feet
- High arched feet
- Knee pain
- Arthritic pain
- Pain in toe joints
- Ankle sprains
- Ingrown nails
- Corns & calluses
- Plus many more