Sport Podiatry

Sports activities, like running and jumping, can cause serious injury and pain. This is usually brought on by repetitive overuse of the muscles and related joints.

While no one likes pain or injuries, the reality is that they can be a warning sign that all is not well with your lower limb mechanics. As sports podiatrists, our focus is on the biomechanics of your feet, ankles, knees and hips during your sporting activity.

If you consistently feel significant pain while running or engaging in any sporting activity, then you should come visit us before it gets worse.

Common Sports-Related Conditions We Treat

Our podiatry specialists are great at treating the following sports-related foot conditions:

  • Plantar Fasciitis and Fasciosis
  • Metatarsalgia and Forefoot Pain
  • Heel pain
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Achilles Tendinopathy, Tendonitis, and Tenosynovitis
  • Toe Pain
  • Anterior and Posterior lower leg compartment syndrome
  • Stress Fractures
  • Knee Pain and Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Hip pain in children (hip dysplasia)
  • Calf Pain
  • Nerve related pain overuse injuries

 

As sports podiatrists, we can help you or your loved ones get the necessary relief through a series of proven treatment protocols designed to correct or fix all these conditions. If you’re currently dealing with one or more of these conditions, please book an appointment today to speak to an experienced sports podiatrist.

When Do You Need to See a Sports Podiatrist?

Sports podiatrists specialise in the health of your feet, ankles, knees and hips during any of your sports activities.

Sometimes there may also be other underlying conditions that can cause discomfort during your training sessions. If you experience any of the following, that’s when you know it’s a good time to see one of our sports podiatrists.

  • Pain, numbness, and swelling in one foot
  • Relentless pain in your heel(s)
  • Suspect you may have an ankle or lower leg injury
  • Have an ingrown toenail
  • Nail fungus
  • Bunions
  • Diabetes
  • Painful calluses or corns
  • Persistent pain in the ankle or feet

 

Your joints, feet, or ankle shouldn’t hurt while you’re running, jogging, jumping, or walking. If they are, then you need to do something about it very quickly.

At Hart & Sole Podiatry, our specialists will assess the injured feet, examine the injuries, or conditions and provide a diagnosis.

What To Expect in a Sports Podiatry Consult

Before we develop a treatment plan for you, we’ll go through a series of steps to make sure that we collect the right information about your injuries. Our sports podiatrists will take you through the following steps:

  1. Understanding the history of your injury – this will include details about past and present sporting activities, where the pain is located, the nature of the pain, past attempts at treatment, and other relevant information.
  2. Motion or gait analysis with and without shoes
  3. Carry out a non-weight bearing examination
  4. Followed by a weight-bearing examination

 

Once we carry out the required examinations, we’ll be able to accurately diagnose what the problem might be and recommend a treatment protocol that will help relieve your pains and correct the injury.

Our Sports Podiatry Treatment Protocols

At Hart & Sole Podiatry, our specialists have many approaches to solving your lower limb-related injuries and pains. Different treatments will be needed for different conditions.

We can assist with any of the following treatment protocols to get you back on track in no time.

Modifying Your Movement Patterns

Sometimes, people often put undue pressure on muscles, joints, shins, and tendons that they shouldn’t because they’re trying to compensate for an underlying injury that they may not even be aware of.

These old injuries can, in turn, lead to more injuries and pains. Our sports podiatry specialist will check for the presence of these underlying issues or injuries and help correct the problem if there are any.

Custom Orthotics & Braces For Athletes

Orthotic devices are mechanical aids or shoe inserts that are recommended for your specific injury and pains. These are usually customised for the individual so that they can recover from the injury or pain quicker, and prevent a recurrence in the future.

Prescription Footwear for All Sports Types

Running shoes and footwear can be specifically designed for certain sports. So, the shoes you wear to play basketball are quite different from the ones you wear if you’re participating in sprints and long-distance jogging. The right running shoes can make a world of difference in your comfort while training or recovering from injury.

At Hart & Sole, our sports podiatry experts are experienced, knowledgeable, and know how to treat your condition.