Our feet make up over 25% of our body’s bones. There are 26 bones in each foot, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Each foot is a very complex structure that has a major job to do each day: provide support, balance and mobility. With each step we take, we place our entire body weight onto our feet. This fact alone makes them prone to injuries. Injuries to the foot can be acute (sudden onset) or chronic which come on gradually often through overuse.
Foot injuries are common among athletes during their career and can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and in some cases can sideline them for some time. Overuse, overtraining, weak muscles and tendons, trauma, poor technique and incorrect footwear can all lead to foot injuries.
There are many other conditions which can cause added stress on the feet leading to pain and discomfort such as Flat Feet, Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis , Bunions (Hallux valgus), Diabetic Foot, Diabetic Ulcers, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Diabetes & Foot Care, Gait Dysfunction & Abnormalities, Haglund’s Deformity, Heel pain, Heel Spur, Heel Stress Fracture, Limp, Metatarsal Pain, Morton’s Neuroma, Posterior Heel Pain, Runner’s knee, Shin Splints, Sprained Ankle and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
Common Foot Injuries
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis