Sports Podiatry


Initial Sports Podiatry Consultation

At Correct Sports Podiatry we like to get a full understanding of your injury and rehabilitation goals. We take time with our patient history and assessment, making sure we understand all the reasons for your injury and provide you with education on your diagnosis. If further investigation with X-ray, Ultrasound or MRI is necessary we will refer you. Based on all the information we collect we will work with you to create a Recommended Management Plan, aimed at creating an efficient recovery strategy and timeline for rehabilitation.


Subsequent Sports Podiatry Consultation

In alignment with our Recommended Management Plan, we will provide appropriate treatment, advice and education. Subsequent consultations are booked at an appropriate time-frames based on the injury prognosis and the requirement of treatment. We provide Home-exercise programs and rehabilitation strategies to maximise your time between visits.

 

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is a great way to assist treatment of chronic musculoskeletal injuries. At Correct Sports Podiatry it is primarily used to treat heel pain including Plantar Fasciopathy and Achilles Tendinopathy. The technology works via acoustic waves penetrating deep into the tissue to reduce pain, increase blood flow and stimulate healing.

 

Custom Functional Foot Orthoses

Functional foot orthoses are designed by your podiatrist to re-distribute the forces around the foot and lower leg. By manipulating the forces, we aim to reduce the load on the musculoskeletal structures of the foot and lower leg, better allowing them to function within their optimum range and below their threshold for injury.

 

Dry Needling

Similar to acupuncture, Dry Needling uses a Western Medicine approach to treat tight muscles and trigger points. Insertion of the thin needle into the muscle belly creates a neural response that reduces pain and allows muscles relaxation. We use it in combination with soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations and home stretching programs.

 

Carbon Fibre Spring Plates

The Carbon Fibre Spring Plates are an extremely thin, light and durable insert that is placed under the innersole of footwear. The plate stiffens the midsole of the shoe and is a great alternative to a number of shoe modifications. By stiffening the midsole we minimise the flex and torsion of the shoe which aids in propulsion. We use them for forefoot and midfoot injuries, and can be used in a footwear variation strategy to minimise your risk for injury.

 

Custom Ski Orthoses

Custom Ski Orthoses help to stabilise your foot, so that the energy you exert while skiing is transferred directly to your skis, rather than being lost in your boot. They can help reduce fatigue, increase comfort and provide better ski performance. Correct Sports Podiatry provides a customised, high quality device, fit to your ski or snowboard boots.

 

Custom Cycling Orthoses

Cycling Orthoses are used to increase comfort and optimise performance in the cycling cleat. Manufactured using water resistant covers and carbon fibre shells, they are ultra-thin and lightweight. They are a great addition to the cycling cleat to maximise power transfer to the crank and minimise wasted output.

 

CAM Walker (Moon Boot) Fitting

CAM Walkers or "Moon Boot", allows immobilisation of the foot and ankle to minimise pain and swelling following injury or surgical procedure. We use them in the management of foot and ankle fractures, severe ankle sprains, post foot and ankle surgery, and infrequently for high grade plantar fascial an Achilles tendon injuries. It is important to have it properly fitted and managed to minimise any complications with use.

 

Strong Functional Feet

Although we still use orthotics and footwear clinically, in most instances our main aim is to optimise your feet. We want you to become functional, stable and strong to the point where we can survive without orthotics or specific footwear. Strong Functional Feet involves a strength, balancing and movement program aimed at optimising your foot function and minimising your risk of foot and ankle injuries. We have such a great space including necessary equipment and free weights to maximise your foot potential.

 

Conditions treatable with Sports Podiatry


Big Toe Pain
The Big Toe is a key component during the push off phase of running and walking. It is placed under a lot of compression and force during this phase of movement and as a result is prone to irritation and injury. Some common complaints of the big toe include Osteoarthritis, Bunions, Turf Toe Ligament Sprain or Sesamoid Injury. Common treatment options can include Taping and Padding Techniques, Orthotic Therapy, Footwear Modifications including Carbon Fibre Spring Plates, CAM walkers and more. A gradual return to activity and foot strengthening program is important consideration following big toe injuries.

Forefoot Pain
Pain through the forefoot is common and can be caused by the injury of a number of different structures. Most commonly it is due to an irritation of the nerve or bursae in the spaces between the bones of the forefoot. These structures can get compressed or irritated in certain footwear or with particular activities. Underneath each of the lesser toe joint is a plantar plate, a strong fibrous structure that supports the underside of the joint. This plantar plate is also prone to irritation. Your treatment options will vary depending on the accurate assessment and diagnosis of your forefoot pain.

Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the foot and lower leg. They are caused by a gradual breakdown of the bone structure as a result of training errors, and will gradually develop over a training period. Stress Fractures get angry, so will be worse during activity and loading, whilst most reduced with rest. There is often specific, localised pain and swelling over the site of injury, with sharp throbbing pain at night. Treatment includes reduced weight-bearing through a CAM walker and a gradual return to loading and activity.

Plantar Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Plantar Heel Pain refers to a number of conditions that can cause pain around the heel bone. This can include plantar fascia injury, fat pad contusion, calcaneal stress fracture, nerve irritations, Heel Spur Syndrome, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome or Bursitis. Due to the variation in these conditions, it is important to get professional management of your heel pain. We use a number of conservative treatments for Plantar Heel Pain including Rigid Taping Techniques, Dry Needling and Massage, Strengthening, Load Management, Foot Mobilisation, Footwear Adjustment and Orthotic Therapy. We can also discuss more extensive treatment options including Shockwave Therapy, Injection Therapies and Surgical Opinion.

Achilles Tendinopathy
The Achilles Tendon is a strong, thick tendon that stores and releases energy, allowing for dynamic movements such as hopping, jumping and sprinting. When injured, there is often a change in the structure of the tendon, leading to pain and limited function. There are a number of reasons why the tendon can become injured, most commonly an increase in intensity or volume of activity. Often the most important treatments include strategies to reduce the work of the tendon, whilst trying to increase its strength through exercise therapy. We often use Shockwave therapy in chronic tendon injuries to help facilitate your rehabilitation.

Ankle Injuries
The most common form of foot and ankle injury in sport is an Acute Lateral Ankle Sprain. Athletes who play multi-directional or jumping sports are particular susceptible to these injuries. The risk of re-injury following a lateral ankle sprain is quite high, which is why particular care and rehabilitation is necessary. At a minimum, a progressive 6-week strength, balance and flexibility program should be performed post-injury to minimise your risk of re-injury. Other complimentary treatments such as taping and bracing, foot mobilisation, manual therapies and footwear modifications can be used to further facilitate your rehabilitation.

Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
"Shin Splints" is a broad term to describe pain in front or inside of the lower leg. It is mostly experienced as a diffuse pain on the inside border of the lower leg, which is more appropriately termed Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. This sharp pain often reduces following warm up, but also may present as a diffuse ache following prolonged or intense activity. If not managed appropriately, they can sometimes progress to stress fractures. There are often mechanical factors of the foot and lower leg to consider, however the most important consideration is training errors. Activity which exceeds the intensity, duration or frequency that you are most used to is often to blame. Treatment involves addressing the cause of your shin pain, and often includes activity modification and cross training. Mechanical factors can be addressed through taping, wedges, footwear and orthotics. If particularly stubborn or resistant, dry Needling, shockwave therapy or injection therapies can also be considered.

Active Kids
Growing bodies performing a variety of sports and activities are prone to aches, pain and injury. The most common conditions we seen in active kids includes heel pain, lateral ankle injuries, lower leg and foot muscular aches and knee pain. Our main aim is for them to maintain their sport and activity as much as possible, whilst ensuring we’re able to address the cause and minimise any lasting effects. Often it includes activity prioritisation and modification, footwear prescription or adjustments, strengthening and movement games, and sometimes wedges or orthotics.

 

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