Whilst the most common sports podiatry injuries are shin splints, achilles tendonitis, knee cap pain (runner’s knee), ankle sprain and plantar fasciitis or heel pain, there are many more.
Sports podiatry covers two primary areas:
1. Foot and lower limb overuse injuries.
2. Mechanical performance enhancement to minimise injury and to maximize efficiency.
Why should I see a sports podiatrist?
Our podiatrists are trained to assess your biomechanics (the way you move) and to identify potential problems to reduce the risk of future injury. They will assess your movement using our video gait analysis and specific testing. Their assessment will reveal whether your leg
alignment and leg stability is ‘normal’ and sufficient for performing your particular sport.
If you have a niggling injury to your feet or legs, it is likely to be caused by a mechanical problem or imbalance in your body. Our podiatrist will determine the cause of your imbalance and recommend treatment to relieve your pain and to prevent further injury. Treatment
may include stretching exercises, shockwave therapy to hasten recovery and orthotic therapy to correct an imbalance.
Whether you are a recreational runner or an elite athlete who wants to avoid injury and maximize performance, a biomechanical assessment by one of our experienced podiatrists will be of benefit. We will often work closely with other health care practitioners for many leg and foot problems are secondary to problems in the lower back and pelvis.
If you would like more information on how to treat sport injuries such as shin splints and runner’s knee, please call our Brunswick or Sandringham Foot Clinic or complete the below contact form.