If you are active, a sports podiatrist can be the friend you need for your feet
Injuries can occur every day just by accident, however many of us enjoy being active. Unfortunately being active and participating in sport and exercise can increase our chances of having a lower limb or foot injury. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to get an injury or even to talk to a sports podiatrist about how to prevent one, and that’s why we are here to help you. Our knowledge can help people of all ages and fitness levels to ensure that everyone is able to maintain their lifestyle and those activities they enjoy.
Injuries from Sport and Exercise
There are a few common conditions that occur more often as a result of sports related activities. These include.
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Knee Cap Pain, also known as runner’s knee
- Sprained Ankles and Ankle instability
- Heel Pain (also called plantar fasciitis).
- Bunions, Corns and Callouses
- Flat feet
Many of the lower limb and foot injuries that appear in sports podiatry are the result of ‘un-normal’ bio-mechanics (the way our physical structure of our bodies works). This can result in persistent pain in the legs or feet and can often be the result of overuse or sudden injury. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to life long pain.
In these cases a podiatrist corrects or fixes any imbalances in a few ways:
- By using orthotics (pre-made and custom made) in the right sports shoes for you.
- Designing stretching and re-strengthening exercises to help correct the muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments in your lower body.
- Special treatment programs such as physical therapy
What happens during a consultation?
Before a treatment program can be devised, we need to asses you, your feet and your lower limbs. During your initial consultation we will:
- Assess you based on your history and previous injuries
- View your foot and lower limb pathology
- Examine your current footwear
- Assess your lower limb alignment and bio-mechanics (how your legs and lower body moves and function during activity).
- Put you through a comprehensive computerised visual GAIT analysis. This assessment allows the sports podiatrist to view how your feet touch the ground and move while walking and running. It also allows us to devise a better treatment plan and to correct imbalances with better accuracy to help alleviate pain, discomfort and improve performance.
From this, our sports podiatrist will discuss and develop a treatment or injury prevention plan personalised for you that will help get you back performing at your best and help you prevent any injuries from re-occurring in the future. We want to help our patients recover as quickly but safely as possible and reduce their chance of re-injuring themselves again. And all this is done in a NORMAL consultation and NO REFERRAL is required.
Talk to us about how Podiatry Clinics Sports Podiatrists can be your new friend for all your training, sports and exercise feet and lower limb injury prevention and treatments.