Foot injury

Mid-tarsal sprain

The mid-tarsal joint is at the arch of the foot.

Injury to the mid-tarsal joint is seen in sports involving jumping, when excessive force is applied to the joint, possibly resulting in tears to the ligaments and rupture to blood vessels. It can also occur if someone else stamps on your foot.

It is important to take all load off the joint to prevent further pain and aid a quick recovery.

Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes. It supports the arch of the foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and inflamed. Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling.

Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people but can also occur in younger people who are on their feet a lot. This injury can occur in one or both feet.

SportsMed TENS therapy for Foot injuries

After a diagnosis of ankle sprain or plantar fasciitis, your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of damage to the joints or ligaments of the feet

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with associated muscle strengthening.

User guide

Please read the User Guide which comes with your TENS unit

Pad placement - Foot injuries

Pain relief - place pads where they are comfortable and most effective for pain relief

Injury healing - pads are placed at the location of the injury; above and below the arch (illustrated), or above the arch and behind the heel (not illustrated)

Muscle rehabilitation - the generic advice is to place one pad at the top of the muscle and the second pad one-third along the length of the muscle you wish to strengthen. You may need to consult your physiotherapist for specific guidance on which muscles to target.


If you have any questions please phone our office for further advice.