Ankle and foot pain
Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is an ankle and foot pain treatment centre of excellence at Balmain and Dee Why, Sydney. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists use the highest standards in evidence-based treatments for ankle and foot pain and discomfort.
The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why treat a full range of ankle and foot pain conditions. Our treatment focus replies on making a prompt and accurate diagnosis and then applying safe and effective treatments to relieve pain and restore function.
Lateral ankle sprain
Ankle sprains are the most common injury of the ankle. They can be minor to severe and graded with various methods. Typically they are graded I to III with grade III being the worse. Of all the types of ankle sprain a lateral ankle sprain is the most common and this is commonly seen by our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists use the highest standards in lateral ankle sprain to give you the very best outcomes in your recovery.
Medial ankle sprain
A medial ankle sprain is also called a pronation-eversion sprain and occurs when you roll your ankle and stretch the inside ligaments of the ankle. This is uncommon compared to a lateral ankle sprain where you stretch the outside ligaments. It’s uncommon because there isn’t much movement on the inside of your ankle versus the outside. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a ankle treatment centre of excellence located in Balmain and Dee Why.
A bruised heel indicates that there has been damage done to the blood vessels of the heel. If this occurs there is likely irritation to the heel fat pad (fat pad syndrome). With any heel bruising and ongoing pain, an experienced chiropractor or physiotherapist should rule out fracture or other related heel conditions. A bruised heel can take some time to heel and protecting the area during recovery is important. Your chiropractor or physiotherapist at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) will guide you through your rehabilitation.
Broken heel bone (Calcaneal fracture)
A calcaneal fracture is a troubling condition that will render patients immobile for a period of time until the fracture heels. Specialist medical review is needed. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments will be important to reduce pain and restore function following surgery (if needed). Rehabilitation will also be need following immobilisation of the injury to allow healing post fracture. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a treatment centre of excellence located in Balmain and Dee Why with a clinical focus on ankle and foot injuries.
Bunions are also referred to as hallux valgus. Bunions are an extremely common deformity that people suffer many years with before seeking chiropractic or physiotherapy care. Non-surgical treatments offer support, padding and modification to the toe function that may make the need for surgery unnecessary. Non-surgical treatments such as those given by our chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why, should always be tried before surgical options.
Although more likely to be seen by a podiatrist, athletes foot will present to a chiropractor or physiotherapist and simple recommendations are usually effective to relieve symptoms and alleviate concern. The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), use evidence based clinical guidelines with all recommendation for both athletic population and the general public. Located in both Balmain and Dee Why our chiropractors and physiotherapists are located perfectly to help with all non-surgical foot and ankle issues.
Although more likely to be seen by a podiatrist, ingrown toenails will present to a chiropractor or physiotherapist and simple recommendations are usually effective to prevent and relieve symptoms. If not, referral to podiatrist is necessary and one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists in Balmain and Dee Why will do so. The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), use evidence based clinical guidelines with all recommendation for both athletic population and the general public.
Blisters are a common occurrence for athletes and anyone who wears new shoes. They will occur in areas of friction but are classically located on the heel or the sides and tops of the toes. They may become severe and infected so proper blister care is important. When trying to avoid the pain of a blister we may drag our feet or try stepping on a different part of the foot. This can lead to other foot structures becoming loaded in an unaccustomed way, leading to pain and inflammation. This is common in novice runners, especially when starting a running program.
There is a common misconception that heel spurs are the cause of foot pain. This is usually not correct. Spurs develop anywhere in our body where a ligament attaches to a bone, if there is enough irritation over time. In the case of heel spurs, the spurs develop where the plantar fascia meets the calcaneus (heel bone). Over time this attachment area is repeatedly irritated and develops microtrauma (little tears and inflammation). The body responds by trying to make this part of the attachment area stronger and the best way our body knows how to make something strong is to lay down bone. Laying done bone in the plantar fascia forms a calcaneal spur (heel spur).
Extensor tendinitis is the common name for inflammation that occurs on the top of the foot, and over the top of or just below the ankle. Typically it is caused by inflammation to the extensor digitorum tendons (towards the outside) or the extensor hallucis longus tendon (towards the inside). Care must also be taken by an experienced chiropractor or physiotherapist to rule out tibialis anterior tendon also (most inward). Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment centre of excellence located in Balmain and Dee Why, Sydney.
Acute metatarsal fracture
Metatarsal fractures can be stress fractures that occur from overuse (repetitive stress) or a one off break that occurs when forces exceed the capacity of the bone such as a crush injury. We will talk about acute metatarsal fractures here. It is important to visit your chiropractor or physiotherapist following an injury that may have lead to metatarsal fracture as early treatment can reduce you risk of complication. Located in Balmain and Dee Why, Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is ready to help.
Stress fractures of the foot and ankle
Stress fractures are common in the foot and ankle and are caused by overuse. We can get lots of bruising in the bone (stress response), or a stress fracture (cortical stress fracture). When it is a stress fracture in the outer cortical bone it is usually not seen well on x-ray. There are a variety of possible stress fractures in the ankle and foot that may occur. These are all due to overuse. Intrinsic bone factors such as osteoporosis can also make these conditions more likely. Please call one of your chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine Centre (S3C) Balmain or Dee Why if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Achilles tendon rupture
When your Achilles tendon snaps it is known as an Achilles tendon rupture. This can often occur spontaneously, without any symptoms. If you hear and/or feel a ‘pop’ or ‘snap’ this could be an indication that your Achilles tendon has ruptured. Middle-aged male athletes are those who are most likely to experience an Achilles tendon rupture, during a game of basketball, for example.
Injury often occurs during sports that involve jumping, running and pivoting. Sports that involve these kinds of movement include basketball, tennis, soccer and softball.
Achilles Tendonitis is a term that refers to inflammation of the Achilles tendon or its covering. It’s an injury that commonly occurs to those who jump and jog regularly, or engage in similar activities that require the same repetitive action. To include both inflammation and micro-tears, most experts now use the term Achilles tendinopathy, though out of habit, some chiropractors and physiotherapists may still use the term tendonitis.
Anterior ankle impingement
Anterior Ankle Impingement is a condition where an individual experiences discomfort and pain in the front part of their ankle. This is caused by compression of the bony or soft tissue structures during activities that involve maximal ankle dorsiflexion motion. It can also be referred to as Anterior Impingement Syndrome, Footballer’s Ankle, Anterior Impingement of the Ankle and Ankle Impingement.
Calf Muscle Tear
Pain experienced in the calf muscle, which is the lower part of the leg, is often the cause of a torn or pulled calf muscle. A torn calf muscles has similarities to an Achilles tendon tear or rupture, although it occurs higher up the back of the leg. Care must be taken to rehabilitation this injury with an experienced chiropractor or physiotherapist, as chronic and recurrent calf strains can become a persistent and ongoing injury if left. The chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) treat calf muscle tear using the latest guidelines and evidence based treatments to ensure the greatest success with calf muscle tears.