Specialises in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to participating in sports and/or exercise, specifically the rotation or deformation of joints or muscles caused by engaging in such physical activities.
A sports podiatrist usually will have undertaken a three-year degree course in podiatry or podiatric medicine, followed by a combination of practical work experience and post-graduate qualifications. Knowledge of sports science is important in treating the sportsperson effectively. Sports podiatrists have specific knowledge of muscles, bones and soft tissues and how these interact in the specific sport. The field of sports medicine is broad as many aspects can impact a sports person from a psychological and physiological perspective- training routines, diets and mental state to achieve success.
Health promotion encourages individuals to stay active, the use of gyms by individuals has increased to abate sedentary lifestyles. There are is an increase need for recreational and elite athletes to access the expertise and recommendations of a sports podiatrists to prevent injuries which may range from overuse and recurrent to acute musculoskeletal conditions.
Sports podiatrists evaluate, diagnose, treat and prevent injuries associated with foot mechanics dysfunction.
Injuries can impact the lower limb and may be associated with technique, footwear and musculoskeletal structures (bone, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves). There are several factors that can come into play, these are best assessed with a biomechanical assessment, so that a tailored care plan to meet your specific needs can be generated.
Our sports podiatrists aim to provide you with an integrated and wholistic approach. We work as part of a team of podiatrists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, sports masseurs, dieticians and psychologists.