We often take our legs for granted. We use them daily, but forget their importance until they become sore and daily activities, like
walking, becomes difficult.
The muscles in your legs control the motions of your foot and foot stability. Factors such as an increase in activity or a change in
footwear, can put extra pressure on these muscles, causing them to become overused, inflamed and sore. This pain in your legs can be
constant, recurrent or intermittent and can present in many ways - including an ache, dull or sharp pain, and tingling - and may be
accompanied by swelling. It could affect your entire leg or only be present in a specific area.
Are you experiencing pain in your legs? It often stems from exercise-related injuries such as shin splints or stress fractures, that are
painful, and potentially serious conditions if not treated effectively.
Common causes of leg pain
When the small, fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints become subjected to higher
levels of stress and/or irritation, they become inflamed, enlarged and painful.
If you're experiencing pain in your lower legs, and specifically along your shins, then you may have shin splints.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
When the band that runs down the outside of your thigh, connecting your hip to your knee is overused or overloaded, it results in a
painful condition known as iliotibial band syndrome (ITB Syndrome).
Sciatica is a very broad term to describe ongoing lower back and leg pain, particularly affecting the buttocks area. You may
experience symptoms from your lower back all the way down to your feet.
Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone (microfractures) that develop gradually overtime, usually due to overuse or repetitive
activity that restricts the bone from healing.
Are you experiencing pain elsewhere?
3 exercises to strengthen your feet
Our feet are the foundation for the entire body, so it's important that they have enough strength to tolerate our activity levels. Use
these three exercises to help strengthen your feet.
Do I need orthotics?
Not everyone needs orthotics, but they can play an integral role in treating or relieving pain in several foot and lower limb conditions.
7 tips to keep your feet healthy this summer
The heat and humidity of an Australian summer makes it a prime time for issues to arise, so our newest podiatrist Lucy has put together
seven helpful tips to keep your feet healthy and problem free throughout summer.