In most sports, the feet and ankles are the foundation for athletic performance and movement. Regardless of your fitness level, sports injuries are common, and the foot and ankle can be particularly vulnerable.
There are many different types of foot and ankle sports injuries. Traumatic injuries occur when a player is injured during play – for instance, when a football player is tackled on the field. Other injuries can occur over time due to repeated use or overuse – for example, when a dancer or runner develops Achilles pain.
As a foot and ankle sports injuries specialist, Dr. McDonald has an in-depth knowledge of sports science, and how different types of sports affect the muscles, bones, and soft tissues around the foot and ankle. His expertise in how the body moves during sports means he can provide appropriate advice and recommendations to heal as well as prevent injuries.
Dr. McDonald is an expert in a number of sports-related foot and ankle injuries, including:
Chronic ankle instability, developing from ankle sprain, is one of the most common sports injuries. In addition, chronic ankle instability can also cause additional injuries.
The overstretching or tearing of a ligament in your ankle. A sprained ankle can cause symptoms including swelling, pain and bruising, limited movement around the joint, tenderness, and swelling.
Usually causes immediate pain and swelling as well as difficultly walking or standing. Foot fractures can lead to nerve or blood vessel complications, and if the skin is broken, there is a risk of infection.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from the toes to the heel and supports the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber when you walk. When the plantar fascia is repeatedly strained, it can become inflamed and small tears develop in the tissue. When it gets damaged, strained, or tight, plantar fasciitis is the result. Symptoms include sharp and localized heel pain and pain in the arch of the foot.
The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to the heel bone. When it becomes inflamed from repeated use, Achilles tendonitis can be the result. When this happens, pain usually felt in the back of the heel and bone spurs may also develop.