As a sports podiatrist, we work alongside other health professionals, such as physios, GPs, osteopaths, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, trainers and coaches. Common injuries we see in the sports podiatry clinic are often over-use injuries. These include plantar fasciitis (heel pain), ‘shin splints’, patello-femoral pain, ilio-tibial band syndrome, cuboid syndrome, recurrent ankle sprains, achilles strains, damaged toenails, blisters and more.
Our role in the sports medicine team:
Help identify the injured tissue
Help reduce the over load on the injured tissue
Improve muscle strength, muscle imbalances
Improve dynamic stability
Lead you to a more efficient technique
We complete an assessment that involves a thorough history, notes of past and present injuries, a review of your training programme, your work environment (posture and time on your feet) and your medical history (relevant medications, surgery and medical conditions). From here, we look at the foot and leg posture, noting differences between standing and sitting, joint ranges of motion, muscle strength and activation patterns. We check your footwear for the correct size and width.
We also utilise video motion analysis to analyse your walking or running, looking at foot placement, alignment, timing and stability. Our team then forms a diagnosis and works out what is happening that caused the overload on the injured tissue. The sports medicine team can then start formulating a management plan, working together to get you back on your feet again. As a sports podiatrist, our key role in the management plan is in orthotic design, footwear advice and technique modification.
Other Causes of foot pain
Our feet can dictate mobility for the entire body and can affect many parts of our health. Looking after your feet is critical to your overall well being. Diseases like diabetes often show their earliest signs in the foot. Our podiatry clinic specialises in detecting and relieving pain and health issues. We diagnose and treat a number of foot and leg problems. These include:
Additionally, we respond to and treat other common complaints like heel pain, arch pain, ankle pain, growth plate injuries and in-toeing in children. Our medical team manages arthritic joint pain and high-risk diabetic feet.
Contact our team today for a consultation. Call us on 06 877 3249