This week, Kayla is talking feet – an area which is important not to ignore
The foot is a complex area of your body, consisting of many joints (1/4 of the bones in your body!), muscles, ligaments and tendons. The foot has quite an important task and allows us to get from one place to the next!
It is made up of three sections:
Hindfoot – ankle and heel (talus and calcaneus)
Midfoot – arch (cuboid, navicular and three cuneiforms)
Forefoot – toes (metatarsals and phalanges)
Foot injuries can occur in a number of different ways, be it during everyday activities, such as walking; sport; or in a more traumatic situation such as a car accident. During these injuries, any one of the joints can be sprained, or soft tissue, such as the stabilising ligaments, can be damaged.
It is strongly recommended that you seek healthcare advice on your injury. A thorough assessment will allow the physiotherapist to work out the extent of your injury, and make a treatment plan.
Depending on the extent of the injury, treatment is varied. For the majority, treatment of a sprain is based around finding the right balance between rest and exercise. However, in some cases your foot may need even more rest, such as be in a moon boot, or worse still, surgery.
Following a period of rest or immobilisation, treatment will commence to regain the full range of movement and strength.
Lack of effective treatment can result in ongoing problems such as weakness, causing recurrent sprains and therefore, longer off sport.
The main focus of treatment is to get you back doing what you pain-free free!
Take home message – even if you think it is only a mild sprain, get it checked out by your physio to ensure the best functional outcome possible!