Pride Podiatry are one of Melbourne’s leading podiatrists and work closely with athletes in many sports. We provide first class treatments for foot pain, strains, and all running or sports related injuries of the foot and ankle.
The feet and lower leg play a significant role in almost every sport, and the demands placed on them during periods of intense physical activity can be immense.
Our trained podiatrists can assess and treat strains and injuries stemming from sporting accidents or overuse, and design a management plan to prevent injuries in the future.
Correct assessment of a sports injury is the crucial first step on the road to recovery. Incorrectly diagnosing strains and injuries are the most common reason for delayed recovery, and can lead to permanent injuries if not treated properly.
Our podiatrists are well versed in the latest techniques to assess sports injuries, and commit to ongoing training to advance their knowledge of sports medicine.
Some examples of common sports injuries we treat include:
Most commonly, we see injuries related to overuse or postural imbalance, particularly with runners moving up significantly in distance.
Using the comprehensive analysis gained through assessment of your injury, we aim to provide both short and long term plans for getting you back into sport.
The first stage is to stop more damage being done, prescribe long-term pain relief, and remove loading on the affected area. This could involve:
The second stage maps out a long-term strategy to strengthen the affected area and prevent injuries in the future.
At Pride Podiatry we take a special interest in the treatment of running athletes.
The importance of the foot during running cannot be overstated. A number of common foot and lower limb injuries affecting runners are caused by two key factors that your Pride Podiatrist can help you with.
The movement of your foot has the ability to drive the movement of your ankle, shin, knee, thigh, hips and lower back. Your Pride Podiatrist can carefully assess which movements might be contributing to your injury, and importantly, identify the underlying movement pattern at the root of the problem. We can then look at modifying these movements via footwear changes, strength and conditioning programs, gait retraining or orthotics.
Developing a training program for running is no easy task. To maximize results we have a need to fit in long slow runs, interval sessions, fartlek training, hill repeats, cross training, gym sessions, recovery days, and more; there is not enough time in the week! Your Pride Podiatrist can work with you to identify which recent change in your training might be contributing to your injury, and help you redesign your training program to best allow for a gradual increase in running load.
Our podiatrists can also help you find the perfect sports shoes and insoles for your feet. Every foot is unique and requires a shoe and insole combination tailored to the shape and characteristics of your feet and sport.
Call the team at Pride Podiatry today for a no obligation assessment of your sporting injury or strain, and start down the road to recovery.