We don’t tend to think much about our toes, shut away inside our shoes quietly getting on with their job. But, when we develop pain in our toes we soon become aware of how important they are to us.
We commonly use the term “hairline fracture” to refer to a specific type of fracture that typically occurs in the foot or lower leg. But, what is a hairline fracture and what is the difference between this and an ordinary fracture?
Footballers suffer more injuries than in just about any other sport. Most are caused by colliding with other players or landing awkwardly from a jump. Roughly a quarter of injuries are due to overuse and develop gradually over time. So, what can players (and their concerned parents!) do to protect themselves from getting injured?
Transient Synovitis of the hip – also called Toxic Synovitis – causes sudden hip pain. It is caused by inflammation and swelling of the tissue around the hip joint and is most commonly found in children aged from three to ten years. It can also be caused by labral tears, ligament sprains or arthritis and often occurs in sports people in conjunction with another hip joint injury.
It is natural to think that joint pain would keep you awake at night, and this certainly is considered a contributing factor as to why at least half of people suffering with osteoarthritis (OA) don’t sleep well. Research however also shows that the two conditions could in fact co-exist, with the quality of sleep actually affecting the symptoms of OA the next day by changing the way your body processes pain.
Sprained ankles are common. It only takes an over-enthusiastic run down the stairs, or a mis-judgement of a pavement height to turn your ankle or twist your foot, after which you will likely feel a sharp pain and have to hobble home. It is important to diagnose a sprain from a fracture though and there are also some practical tips on how you can assist a quick recovery.
Our hip joints are highly robust and designed for repeated motion. However, they are not indestructible, so with age and usage hip pain and wider issues can arise, even in the healthiest of people. Fortunately, these days there are plenty of treatment options available for hip pain, as well as advanced surgery techniques should a full hip replacement be necessary.
A meniscus tear is one of the most common injuries to the knee. Depending on how severe the tear is, will depend if you require surgery. If the tear is not severe, physiotherapy could be sufficient for you to heal the injury. There are a number of factors that can affect recovery success and timeframes.
Here we explain in more detail, plus cover the main causes and treatments of meniscus tears.