Sport & Exercise
Sport & Exercise
High impact sports such as basketball, soccer, dancing, running, football, cricket and really any sport that involves using your feet can lead to injuries that will require specialist treatment. It is easy to injure your feet while playing sport as the forces between your feet and the ground are amplified during high impact activity.
Do you have a Sports Injury?
Overuse syndromes are common in sport and include injuries from repeated action such as long distance running, as opposed to acute injuries which occur in an instant such as a sprained ankle. Your individual biomechanics will have an effect on the likelihood of certain injuries. Common sports injuries include heel pain, shin splints, runner’s knee, achilles tendonitis and stress fractures. Sports people may also complain of thickened nails that can sometimes become ingrown or get bruises under the nail from repetitive trauma.
How does a Podiatrist treat sporting injuries?
Treatment for sports podiatric injuries involves a biomechanics assessment to look at your posture, strength, flexibility and movement, and an analysis of how the movement of your feet affects your lower limbs. Evaluation of sports shoes, stretches, strengthening exercises, application of various physical therapies and the fitting of orthotics are methods our Podiatrist may use to address your particular injury.
How do I choose the Right Shoes?
Shoes must have sufficient room at the toe, we recommend a minimum of 2cm and not compress the sides of the feet in a way that causes friction and potentially lead to sores or corns.
Identify the primary activity that will be performed in the shoes and select accordingly – different kinds of work & exercise require different kinds of shoes.
Shoes for general, walking, athletic or aerobic activities can have features that help control biomechanical problems, however an assessment with your Podiatrist can help advise you about the correct shoe for your activity & your foot type and whether you would benefit from Prescription Orthotics or Pre-made Orthotics.
Should you ‘break in’ new shoes?
Shoes should be immediately comfortable and not require breaking in. A quality athletic shoe should should last 1000kms, although this will be influenced by your body weight and the surface you run or walk on. You’ll need to replace your shoe when it becomes distorted from constant wear or the mid sole has become compressed and is not able to absorb the forces of impact.
If you are unsure of the appropriate footwear or experiencing foot, knee or back pain when exercising contact us to book in for a Biomechanical Assessment.
Keith is available to give a talk and advice about sport and your feet at your sporting club. Contact us anytime to arrange a visit to your club.