Sports podiatry is a branch of podiatry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot and lower limb conditions related to sports and physical activity. Podiatrists who work in this area have knowledge and expertise in understanding the biomechanics of the foot and lower limbs and how they relate to sports performance and injuries.
In addition to diagnosis and treatment, we may also provide rehabilitation exercises, prescribe orthotic devices, offer advice on injury prevention techniques, and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care for athletes.
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Some common conditions that podiatrists deal with include:
Sprains and strains: Ligament and muscle injuries often occur in sports, and podiatrists can diagnose and treat these conditions, helping athletes recover and prevent future occurrences.
Stress fractures: Repetitive stress on bones can lead to small fractures known as stress fractures. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat these fractures and provide guidance on proper rehabilitation and prevention strategies.
Overuse injuries: Athletes frequently experience overuse injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and patellar tendinitis. Podiatrists can develop treatment plans and offer advice on training modifications to manage and prevent these injuries.
Biomechanical issues: Abnormal foot and lower limb biomechanics can contribute to various sports injuries. Podiatrists analyse an athlete’s gait and movement patterns to identify any abnormalities and provide appropriate interventions such as orthotic devices or footwear recommendations to improve biomechanical alignment.
Footwear advice: Podiatrists are knowledgeable about appropriate footwear for different sports and activities. They can recommend footwear options that provide proper support, stability, and cushioning to prevent injuries and optimise performance.