Sports podiatry is a branch of sports medicine which specialises in the prevention, diagnosing and treatment of injuries related to participating in sports and/or exercise.
The majority of sporting injuries occur in the lower limb, for example the commonest acute injury is the ankle sprain; the commonest tendon injury is to the Achilles tendon and the most frequently seen joint pathology is patellofemoral syndrome, an injury involving the knee.
Podiatry therefore has a significant part to play in keeping the population injury free and active and able to participate in a full range of sports through a full range of treatment interventions.
Sports podiatrists, often known as musculoskeletal specialists or podiatrists that specialise in biomechanics, employ a wide range of assessment techniques to assess the sporting patient, often utilising sophisticated video gait to view the client while in motion. Assessing a runner while in motion is an example of this.
If you are having problems resolving sports injuries, have injuries that seem to keep resurfacing, constantly seem to be having new injuries or wish to improve your sporting performance, a biomechanical assessment or running gait analysis are recommended at Feet in Focus.