Whether you are a professional athlete or play sport just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints (leg pain), knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems.
Sport demands a lot of our feet, so we need to take extra care of them.
Added to these are common complaints such as corns, callus and athlete's foot. Asking too much too soon of your joints and muscles can lead to injuries. Running style, poor footwear and even minor limb length differences can also contribute to injury.
Click on the sports on the Related Document box for indepth advice on looking after your feet when playing a particular sport/pastime.
What does a podiatrist do?
The role of the podiatrist (also know as a chiropodist) is to prevent or correct deformity and maintain normal mobility and function. Podiatrists provide the basis for the ideal walking style and posture and identify any medical or surgical condition that may require further referral and management. They also relieve pain, treat infections and skin, nail, soft tissue and connective tissue problems. This is done in conjunction with other members of the health care team. Podiatrists can also give expert advice on footwear, so it is a good idea to take a pair of shoes with you when you next see your podiatrist.
How to contact a podiatrist in you local Sport Club
To find a local podiatrist, you can approach your GP practice for information on an NHS referral.