What is Sports Podiatry?
Sports Podiatry is the assessment, diagnosis and management of foot, ankle and lower leg injuries related to sport.
A podiatrist will take a thorough history of your sports physical requirements, training loads, footwear and current injury.
They will then test the injured site and surrounding structures to determine a clinical diagnosis.
If required, we can refer for imaging such as X-ray, Ultrasound and MRI.
Following accurate diagnosis, a management plan will be created to best enable full rehabilitation of the injury and a successful return to sport.
What types of injuries can occur?
With a complex anatomy of bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries can occur.
The movements, surfaces, level of competition and physical demands of your sport can also increase your risk for certain injuries.
Acute injuries occur with an easily defined mechanism of action and a sudden onset ie. lateral ankle sprain.
Chronic injuries can manifest more gradually over a training period or season and are mostly due to an accumulation of load through a tissue beyond its threshold for injury ie. metatarsal stress fracture.
What sports injuries do Podiatrists most commonly see?
- Acute ankle sprains
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome aka “Shin Splints”
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Plantar Fasciopathy
- Turf Toe
- Stress fractures of the foot
- Lis Franc Ligament Injuries
Why do I need professional advice to manage my injury?
Due to the load bearing nature of the foot and lower leg, musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and ankle can be quite complex to manage.
A podiatrist understands the loads and forces acting on the lower leg, tissue healing capacity, surrounding structural compensations and the requirements of your sport.
All of this is required to design a management plan to efficiently return to sport and minimize the risk for further injury.
We have a number of treatments options at our disposal and are happy to refer to other specialists and health professionals to aid in the rehabilitation process.
What treatments do we most commonly use for sporting injuries?
- Load and activity management (what you’re allowed to do and when)
- Strengthening, stretching and balancing programs
- CAM Walkers (Moon Boot)
- Dry needling and massage
- Padding and taping techniques
- Footwear modifications
- Prolotherapy Injection
- Foot Mobilisation Technique