Being fit and playing sport is great for us. It helps prevent numerous diseases, improves our health and boosts our well-being. However, this can have a somewhat detrimental effect on our feet.
The force transferred through each foot while running is equivalent to 2.5 times bodyweight. Couple this with an average of 1000 strides per mile and the work that the feet do for us quickly adds up! Common injuries that we see at Belmont Foot Clinic in sporty people are:
• Shin splints
• Plantar fasciitis
• Ankle sprains
• Torn ligaments
• Back pain
• Knee pain
These are in addition to problems like corns, callus, blisters and athlete’s foot.
The podiatry team at Belmont Foot Clinic takes special interest in how the muscles, ligaments, bones and joints of the lower limbs and feet are used for specific sports. This is known as biomechanics. For example, the biomechanics of the runner is different to that of the cyclist, which is different from the gymnast, and so on.
What can the podiatrist do?
As with many injuries, prevention is always better than cure. At Belmont Foot Clinic we can offer a foot and lower limbscreen, in addition to the treatment of injuries. We assess how the feet and lower limbs work while walking and running,
often with the aid of video gait analysis. This involves capturing video of the feet, which we can use to examine step by step how the foot functions and how an injury may be caused. In addition to this, we carry out a physical examination, focusing on the affected area, as well as an assessment of footwear, posture, training, and other musculoskeletal factors.
From that the podiatry team at Belmont Foot Clinic will formulate a treatment plan that is specific for the individual sportsperson’s need. This may involve a stretching and strengthening programme, advice on footwear, modifying training activities and the issue of special insoles called Orthotics. The podiatrist normally works in connection with other health professionals in treating many injuries and referrals can be made when appropriate.
For further information or assessment, whether you are just getting into being more healthy, a weekend warrior or a seasoned athlete, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the podiatry team at Belmont Foot Clinic… Putting your sporty feet first!
Belmont Foot Clinic
77 Belmont Road