Injury Awareness Week 2024

Foot Injuries

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Injury Awareness Week 2024

 

Injury Awareness Week in the UK for 2024 will take place from June 24th to June 28th.  This event is organized by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and focuses on raising awareness about preventable injuries, particularly those occurring in the workplace​.  The campaign aims to highlight the impact of avoidable workplace injuries and promote safety measures to prevent such incidents.

Accidents are commonplace and sadly a fact of life, be it a child who finally touches the hot oven or someone who takes a nasty fall on the ice.  They are, throughout the course of one’s life, to be expected, and there is little one can do to prevent them.

Foot injuries are common and can range from minor issues like sprains and bruises to more severe conditions such as fractures and dislocations.  Here are some of the most common types of foot injuries:

Common Foot Injuries

  1. Sprains and Strains
    • Ankle Sprains.  These occur when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear.  They can result from twisting or rolling the ankle.
    • Muscle Strains. These occur when muscles or tendons in the foot are overstretched or torn, often due to overuse or improper use.
  2. Fractures
    • Stress Fractures.  Small cracks in the bone that develop due to repetitive force or overuse.  They commonly occur in the metatarsals.
    • Traumatic Fractures.  Result from a direct impact or severe twist, causing the bone to break.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis
    • This condition involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot.  It typically causes stabbing pain near the heel.
  4. Achilles Tendonitis
    • Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.  It is often due to overuse, especially in runners.
  5. Bursitis
    • Inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons and muscles.  In the foot, it commonly affects the heel or the base of the big toe.

Foot injuries can be a major source of pain for the active population.  Injury and overuse can cause inflammation in the muscles, tendons, ligaments that support the ankle and foot can all be sources of pain.  Strains and sprains are both very common and can happen through accidents at home, at work or while playing sport.

It is important to remain mindful of the fact that injuries (the type that could have been avoided) can happen to anyone.  This Injury Awareness Week 2024, we hope to encourage people to remain conscious of the impact these injuries have on the people suffering from them and the injustice of being needlessly affected as a result of another’s negligence.

Are you suffering from any foot condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000

 

We hope you have a feetastic day!

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team

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