Who can benefit from sports podiatry?
With the use of gyms becoming increasingly popular, it is no
surprise that more and more people are seeking the advice of sports
podiatrists. As well as the professional sportsperson, the recreational
or weekend sportsperson can equally benefit from sports podiatry.
What common problems occur?
Mr Dunning says, “I regularly see many patients with overuse
problems, varying from acute to long-term chronic conditions.” Shin
splints, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, back pain, heel pain can all
be common problems for the sportsperson.
What can a podiatrist do?
What can other health professionals do?
A podiatrist will assess and manage the podiatric needs of the
sportsperson and the sport. He may carry out a physical biomechanical
assessment, which looks at the way the bones, muscles, and associated
structures such as tendons are aligned and interact. He may also look
at factors such as stability, body posture and other musculoskeletal
factors. He will take into account the type of sport and provide advice
on what the patient can do for themselves, such as stretching and
Sports podiatrists often work in a team with dieticians,
physiotherapists, sports science specialists and sports masseurs, where
each team member has his own area of expertise. A podiatrist may refer
you to one of these specialists when it may prove to be beneficial for