Sports Podiatry

Sports Podiatry

Sports podiatrists specialize in the management and diagnosis of lower leg and foot disorders with the main focus on sports injuries associated with lower limb and foot function. Sports Podiatrists perform a thorough biomechanics assessment with the inclusion of implementing the underpinning biomechanics to the athletes’ specific sport. These will also include the factors in which the foot interacts with the ground whilst wearing the footwear and try to consider the forces of loads that the lower limb has to contend with during dynamic phases of high impact sporting activity.

It’s a simple fact that people who enjoy sports, whether amateur or professional suffer more foot-related sports injuries. Running can increase the impact forces and pressure on the foot by 3-4 times the body-weight. Multi-directional activities such as twisting, turning, jumping, hopping & physical collisions in many sports apply even greater stresses on the feet and lower limb biomechanical system. The causal effect of most sports injuries is a direct result of a sudden or gradual progressive change to the body’s biomechanics.

Sports Podiatry May Involve any of the following

  • Joint Mobilisation or Sports Taping
  • Evaluation of past and current athletic footwear
  • Video Gait analysis to assess lower limb functional patterns
  • Movement assessments to determine potential risk factors and reduce future injury.
  • Injury diagnosis and formulating a treatment management plan.
  • Assessment for foot Orthoses to reduce external forces from creating injured tissues.
  • Referral systems to other Allied Health Specialists for further investigations.

Sports Injuries include

  • Sports related lower back pain
  • Heel of plantar fascia pain
  • Ankle sprains or strains
  • Forefoot metatarsal injuries
  • Hip, knee or shin pain
  • Achilles tendon and calf issues
  • Toe Joint symptoms/injuries

Anyone can contact a Sports Podiatrist without the need for referral from you GP. There’s often an alternative approach with referrals by other Allied Health Professionals such as Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Massage Therapists or Chiropractors. Often the best outcome in regards to returning to sport following the lower limb injury involves Podiatric assessment combined with other rehabilitation methods and/or strategies.