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Don’t forget your feet this sporting summer

The summer will be fantastic for sport. Major sporting events often lead to increased interest, and as a result, many people try out their skill on pitches and courts, having had little physical preparation.

An increased desire to take part in sport is great news and the benefit of exercise is well reported. However, preparation is required in order to prevent pain or injury.

My work involves the treatment of foot pain at Spire Little Aston Hospital, with symptoms stemming from a variety of causes. One such example are the patients I see that have the sudden development of foot pain often stemming from a sudden increase in physical activity. Just like any other part of the body, feet can be exposed to injury when the demand on joints and tendons increase – and this risk increases if this change is sudden and intense.

The ankle is a complex joint, consisting of three moving parts and the tendons that surround it must be strong and flexible in order to cope with sudden and multi-directional movements.

Just as any other part of the body needs a preparatory programme to strengthen and adapt to an increase in physical activity, so too will your feet. A failure to protect them in the same way you would a shoulder or leg, could lead to torn tendons or inflammation.

Sport is enjoyable and ensuring you get the most out of it means preparation will be crucial – just don’t forget your feet!

David Tollafield is a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield. For further information please visit wwww.consultingfootpain.co.uk or call 0121 580 7302. The content of this blog is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional. Thanks to Julie Marsall, Director All Round Communications at Spirehealthcare for her assistance.

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