Whether your playing football, netball or training for an endurance running event, it’s a timely reminder to think about how these types of activities may impact our foot health.
The last thing anyone needs at this stage of the season or training is to obtain an injury or a minor symptom to turn into something that limits their ability to perform or even compete.
The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments, 10 muscles, numerous tendons, nerves and blood vessels.
Running places much greater stresses on the lower limbs, with as much as 3-4 times the force travelling through the feet at heel strike as compared to walking.
Combine this with the strenuous demands of a running program for a half or full marathon, or the demands of weekly games, and you have the perfect environment for potential overuse injuries.
Recent research from Balance Podiatry revealed 53 per cent had experienced foot pain after exercise in the last 12 months.
Some of the more common types of running injuries that present to Podiatrists include heel and arch pain, forefoot pain, pain around the inside and outsides of the ankles, achilles and calf muscle pain, shin splints, and knee pain.
Even if you don’t have any current symptoms, it is highly beneficial from a preventative perspective to have your feet checked by a podiatrist.
How we can help treat foot pain:
Our podiatrists are experts in assessing lower limb and foot biomechanics as they relate to walking and running. The podiatrist will be able to provide footwear advice as well as check the condition and function of your current trainers whilst running.
How you walk means a lot to a podiatrist. A video gait (walking) analysis is one of the many tools used to diagnose and treat your foot problems.
If these tests show any areas that can be improved, a treatment plan is then formulated which may consist of anything from massage and trigger point therapy or a stretching and strengthening program through to footwear advice or custom made foot orthotics.
The ultimate aim of an assessment and treatment plan is to keep you active and running with minimal pain or interruption to your lifestyle. If you experience foot pain book an appointment with us today.