Common injuries and advice

Below are some of the most common sports injuries and some very simple, initial advice about them.

Achilles Tendonitis

Where it hurts: lower calf muscles, back of the leg
How it feels: stiffness, aches and pains
Main sports: football, rugby, running, racquets, netball
What to do: rest, ice, elevation, calf stretches, a heel lift or an orthotic may help prevent, common to over pronators

Plantar Fasciitis

Where it hurts: bottom of the foot, around the heel
How it feels: sharp pain in the heel
Main sports: football, rugby, running, racquets, netball
What to do: calf stretches, an orthotic may help prevent, common to over pronators

Sprained Ankle

Where it hurts: ankle
How it feels: sharp pain, can’t put any weight on it
Main sports: football, rugby, running, racquets, netball, golf, cricket
What to do: rest, ice, wear a support, an orthotic may help prevent, common to supinators

Shin Splints

Where it hurts: inner part of the front of the lower leg
How it feels: soreness, some minor swelling
Main sports: football, running
What to do: ice, stretches, an orthotic may help prevent, common to over pronators

Runners’ Knee

Where it hurts: around the knee cap
How it feels: pain while running or jumping
Main sports: running
What to do: ice, rest, run on softer surfaces, an orthotic may help prevent, common to over pronators

If injuries persist please see your GP, a physiotherapist or podiatrist (Sporting Feet have a list of good practitioners who are local to our shops on our partners page.)