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Incidence of Foot Pain in sports

Incidence of foot pain : As a team of foot specialists we review, treat and manage foot pain from elite sports to the weekend warrior, within Wimbledon and Earlsfield.  We manage acute, early foot injuries and chronic, long term foot pain which can impact upon your ability to compete within your sports field.

Almost a third of all sports related injuries are as a result of foot and ankle pain.  A study which was published recently in 2017, by the American journal of sports medicine reported a 27 % incidence of foot pain throughout a 2 year period.  The authors observed 1076 elite athletes who competed in 37 sports.  Of the 1076 athletes they suffered a total of 3861 reported musculoskeletal injuries through the data collection period of 2 years.  1035 where related to the foot and ankle.   Common injuries included fasciopathies, ligament injuries and tendonopathies such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonopathy, heel pain and stress fractures.  Although this study combines 37 varying sports and doesn’t have control groups regarding age or gender, it highlights that injuries are common in any sport.  The article shows how important you should be taking niggles and minor sports injuries related to your foot and ankle.  At South West Podiatry, we see common injuries throughout any sporting level, ability, age or gender.

Here is a link to the full PDF article for you to read in more depth : http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0363546516666815

It is imperative to seek early medial intervention for sports injuries.  South West Podiatry clinic will assess your foot and ankle related sports injuries or musculoskeletal injuries and provide you with a structured management plan to keep you on your feet.  We work within a multidisciplinary team with physiotherapists, nutritionists, osteopaths, chiropractors and orthopaedic consultants to provide you with the best possible care.  If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, we are here to support you so that you can overcome sports injuries quickly.  Don’t be one of the 27 % of sports people who suffer from foot pain!

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