What do sports podiatrists do?

As Sports lab is a special focus sports injury clinic, our podiatrists are members of both Sports Medicine Australia (www.sma.org.au) and are active within the Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (www.aapsm.org.au), (N.S.W. Director of the State Association Board) our podiatrists take an active and ongoing interest in all areas of podiatric sports medicine education.

Sports Podiatry - Inner West Sydney

What is sports podiatry?

Any sporting activity, which involves, walking, running or jumping places greater physical demands on the body, and especially on your feet.

Whilst running, your feet can absorb up to three to four times your body weight. Not surprisingly, injuries to the feet and lower limbs comprise of a large proportion of sport related injuries. It is our podiatrists’ role to assess, diagnose and identify potential complications and reduce injuries and re-injuries in athletes of all sports and levels.

Your sports legs, ankles and feet.

Our feet absorb 1 to 2 times our body weight during normal walking and up to 4 times our weight when jogging. Whichever activity you participate in, chances are you may have incurred a foot, ankle or knee injury at some stage of your sporting life.

A significant proportion of sports-related injury is directly attributed to the feet or lower limbs, as they are the weight-bearing structures of your body, which are most vulnerable under stress or constant impact.

The most common injuries that we treat include:

  • Patellofemoral syndrome (knee cap pain)
  • Plantar fasciitis (acute heel/arch pain)
  • Plantar fasciosis (chronic long term heel spur pain)
  • Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome)
  • Achilles tenderness
  • Ankle pain (sprained ankles)
  • Metatarsalgia/sesamoidiits (forefoot pain)
  • Mortons nueroma

Through thorough biomechanical and gait assessments we will determine the potential cause and formulate a management plan for the best possible results.