Athletes often seek podiatric services to help keep their feet and lower limbs in peak condition. Just as diet and physical training are important to the performance of competitive athletes, so is taking care of your feet and ankles. In competitive sports, such as running, cycling, soccer, football, rugby, basketball and netball, an athlete’s feet are important assets. We provide preventative care programs as well as offering multiple treatments for common and sophisticated sports injuries.
Increased activity may result in overuse injuries to the knee. Knee pain may be the result of too much activity too soon, high volumes of activity, muscle weakness or tightness, or foot posture, including overpronation. Further, knee pain can occur on the outside, inside or front of your knee. In fact, pain on the front of the knee is the most common running injury.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
PFPS is a condition where pain is felt around or behind the kneecap, caused from misalignment of the patella (kneecap), which irritates the femur (thigh bone). It can feel as though your knee is giving way and might be accompanied by a grinding or popping sensation.
- Muscle weakness and instability in the hips
- Muscles tightness
- A sudden increase in mileage, speed or hill work
- Shoes not suited to your foot type
- Running downhill or going down stairs
- Incorrect foot posture
Our podiatrists will begin by taking a thorough history regarding your pain and activities. The information gathered, along with the results from a thorough musculoskeletal and biomechanical assessment will be used to diagnose the cause of your knee pain. Subsequently, the risk factors identified will be used create an evidence-based effective approach that is tailored to your abilities. This management plan may include stretches, strengthening, orthoses, extracorporeal shockwave therapy or combined treatment with a physiotherapist.
Ankle Sprains and Instability
The ankle is the most common site of injury in 34% of sporting activities, and ankle sprains account for 20-40% of all sports-related injuries. If ankle injuries are left untreated, or if treatment is started late after the injury, the rate of recurrence increases. Risk factors for ankle injuries may include muscle strength and tightness, postural stability, balance, foot posture, shoes and previous injury.
At your appointment, our podiatrists will begin by taking a thorough history regarding your pain and activities. The information gathered during history taking, along with the results from a thorough musculoskeletal and biomechanical assessment will be used to create an evidence-based and effective approach that is tailored to your abilities. This management plan may include stretches, strengthening, balance training, changes in footwear, orthoses, or combined treatment with a physiotherapist.
Langmore Podiatry Can Help
If you are experiencing any sports-related injuries, call Langmore Podiatry in Berwick today at 03 9707 1988 for an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists. Located in the heart of Berwick, Langmore Podiatry is just a short drive from Narre Warren, Beaconsfield, Pakenham, and Cranbourne.