Common Foot Problems

Netball Injury Management Innaloo

Netball Injury Management Innaloo

Netball is one of the most fast paced games out there and as a result it is a sport that is notorious for injuries to the feet, ankles and knees. This is because of the stop start and pivoting motions required to play the game.

As the foot is the integral component of your body which is in contact with the ground when you play sport. As well as this, it is the structure in your body which is required to carry out the movements required to play netball. If your foot structure is abnormal, this can place increased stresses and strains on your entire lower extremity (ankle, leg, knee, hip and lower back) and as a result significantly increase your risk of sustaining an acute or chronic injury.

What does a normal foot look like?

If you have a normal or “neutral” foot position, you will have a slight arch (not too high and not too low) your feet will point straight ahead and the back of the heel bone will form a straight line perpendicular to the ground.

What do abnormal foot types look like?

Abnormal foot structure is extremely common in the population. It is manifested as either an excessively flat foot or an excessively high arched foot type. This foot type is inherited from your parents so if either one of your parents has flat or high arched feet, chances are yours will be the same. If you think you have flat or high arched feet call us today on (08) 92428566 to book an appointment.

Why are flat and high arched feet a problem?

When you play netball your feet must go through specific movements and ranges of motion. If you have excessively flat or high arched feet, this can reduce your foots ability to absorb shock and adapt to the ground. As a result you increase the risk of sustaining both acute and overuse injuries to your feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Some of these injuries include:

  1. Plantar fasciitis (heel spurs)
  2. Shin splints
  3. Patello-femoral pain syndrome
  4. Ankle sprains
  5. Achilles tendinopathy

What to do about your foot structure?

If you play netball, having a flat or high arched foot type can significantly increase your risk of sustaining an injury. The key is to prevent injury before it’s occurred so you can remain active and pain free on your feet. The only way you can do that if you have an abnormal foot structure is to correct the position of your feet. This can be achieved through the use of custom orthotics which are specialized insoles that sit into your shoes. These orthotics correct your abnormal foot position which reduces the stress and strain placed on the soft tissue structures in your foot.

When should I seek advice?

If you think you have an excessively flat or high arched foot and play social or competitive netball frequently, it’s always a good idea to seek out the expert opinion of a Podiatrist. At Cooper and Lourie, we provide comprehensive foot examinations which can diagnose any abnormalities. We offer a range of products and services which can help prevent and manage any current netball injuries you may have.

Even though injuries from falls and collisions are common and are often unavoidable. Although you can’t avoid common acute injuries from falls and collisions, sprains and strains of the muscles and ligaments of the foot can be minimized by maintaining a good level of fitness, gradually increasing your level of activity, adequate warm up and cool down exercises, good footwear, correcting abnormal foot structure (excessively flat or high arched foot type) and most importantly a visit to Cooper and Lourie Family Podiatry. Call us today for an appointment. We service the area of Innaloo and surrounding suburbs of Karrinyup, Stirling, Osborne Park, Wembley, Scarborough, Doubleview and Gwelup. Give us a call on 0448242856 to book your appointment today!


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