Sports Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries

Injuries to the foot and ankle caused by sport are quite common and include sprained ankles, Achilles tendon strains and bone fractures. Learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot and ankle injuries here.

Heel spur syndrome

Heel spurs are bony growths near the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel, that result from repetitive stresses and inflammation in the plantar fascia.

Ankle fracture

Ankle fractures result when a direct blow or stress forces the ankle inward or outward past its normal range of motion.

Partial or total rupture of Achilles tendon

Players often feel as though someone has kicked them from behind with this type of injury. This is a typical symptom of a complete or partial rupture of the Achilles tendon.

Exercises to strengthen your ankles

If you’re an athlete – a professional, an enthusiastic amateur or weekend warrior –you know all about fitness techniques and the need to protect your joints.

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Sports Injuries Expert

Adrian Rotunno is a medical doctor in the Sports & Exercise Medicine fellowship at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and qualified physiotherapist. Team physician for Dimension Data pro-cycling, and Boland Rugby. Special interests include endurance sport, in particular cycling, as well as contact sports.

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