Knee injuries affecting the complex joint connecting the thigh bone to the shin bone is one of the most common complaints seen by Sydney sports podiatrist Karl Lockett.
Our knees are the part of the body which provide stability and movement for our legs – and if you’re an athlete, they’re part of the power arsenal your body uses for speed and strength.
When your knee gives out, it’s a devastating blow for mobility, especially for young adults aged between 15 and 24, who have the highest rates of knee injuries according to research by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
While knee injuries can happen to any of us in an instant, as part of his specialist sports podiatry services on the North Shore, Karl often treats knee injuries after an accident on the football field, the basketball court or the athletic track.
American NFL legend Vince Lombardi said it best: “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory.”
Knee Injuries Explained
Here are the most common knee injuries athletes suffer as outlined by sports podiatrist Karl Lockett who heads up several foot, ankle and leg care clinics across Sydney.
Many athletes will know the agony of a torn knee ligament – the sudden popping sensation of a ruptured ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament), or PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament), knee injuries which sprain or tear one of the ligaments inside and around the knee. Before you contemplate expensive surgery, it’s best that a sports podiatrist assesses the grade of sprain and recommends possible treatment including a thorough physical examination, bio mechanical testing and rehab to restore motion.
One recent case involved a junior soccer player whose knee injury occurred during a game. Karl was able to accurately diagnose the anterior cruciate ligament injury using the drawer test, which indicates the severity of the tear that’s occurred. The teenager was then referred to an orthopaedic surgeon to surgically repair the rupture before being able to return later in the playing season.
Knee injuries can also result from repetitive strain which sports podiatrists often see with footballers. Athletes who are continually training and playing may experience inflammation and niggling knee pain. Sports podiatrists can work out why that’s happening with a biomechanical assessment on the treadmill, looking at the foot function and muscle range to treat repetitive strain knee injuries long term with options such as specific running shoes or prescription orthotics.
Tearing the meniscus, which is the disc which cushions the knee, can happen with heavy lifting or a sudden twist or bending action. Foot posture and poor alignment can be the culprit, which is where a podiatrist like Karl can assess the causes and recommend a knee recovery plan.
Knee Injuries Treatment
For athletes dealing with a problem knee, the specialist knowledge of the Sydney Podiatrist team ensures the highest level of expertise to promote healing and long-term relief for the treatment of knee injuries. After all, the knee is one of the most stressed and vulnerable parts of the body in active people.
As a sports lover himself who runs, practices martial arts and played semi-professional football in the UK, Karl brings a very personal approach to his sports podiatry services. That ‘real world’ perspective ensures he’s at the top of his game when it comes to treating sports-induced knee injuries.
His clinics in Sydney showcase the advancement in sports medicine and diagnostics, delivering proven treatments for knee injuries to get you moving again – treatments that will leave you pain free and ready to return to the field fighting fit.
“Whatever knee injuries you’ve sustained, the crucial thing to remember is that fast action, diagnosis and professional consultation for knee injuries treatment is critical in getting back on your feet,” says the athlete’s podiatrist of choice, Karl Lockett.