Sports Specific

About Sports Podiatry

About Sports Podiatry

Podiatrists will vary according to their niche focus. At Melbourne Sports Podiatry our primary focus is on addressing how we can help kids, recreational and senior athletes move safer and more efficiently to reduce the risk of injury and pain.

Track and Field

Track and Field

Track and Field is comprised of athletes that are either generally explosive in nature or athletes who require large aerobic capabilities to perform their desired event.

AFL Podiatry

AFL Podiatry

Whether you’re a back, midfielder or forward, in today’s day and age everyone is required to run and carry the ball. As a result the demand and load on the lower limbs have dramatically increased with players

Basketball and Netball

Basketball and Netball

With an increase in popularity over the last 5 years, Melbourne Sports Podiatry have been seeing more and more girls and boys on basketball and netball courts. As a result it’s become increasingly evident for many of our players at both the recreational and the very elite level that the alignment of the foot and ankle is vital for injury prevention, push off speed and power production for their jump.

Cricket

Cricket

Whether it’s standing and running around in the field for 8 hours or pounding the crease whilst bowling. Cricket is insidiously one of the most taxing games on your feet and legs due to the fact of

Dance and Gymnastics

Dance and Gymnastics

There are no two sports that require more foot and ankle care than Dance and Gymnastics. Melbourne Sports Podiatry has worked with many different women and men in all styles of dance and gymnastics, with an understanding of how vital the feet are to the balance and aesthetics of movement.

Distance Running

Distance Running

When it comes to distance running, whether it be track, trail or road running, the toll it can take on ankles, knees and joints is not something to be ignored. At Melbourne Sports Podiatry we see a variaty of injuries. Find out how we can help to prevent those.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey

Being a dynamic sport no different to football or soccer, hockey requires quick agile movements along with a big engine to sustain effort between sprints. As a result the stabilising muscles in the feet, ankles and lower legs work over time to ensure the body is kept stable throughout all lateral movements and striking whilst the global muscles keep firing to help the body generate power in straight line sprinting.

Golf

Golf

For a number of our patients, the moment foot pain becomes prevalent is the moment they tend to come in for treatment. With a clear understanding that foot pain and the lower back are commonly affected simultaneously, our golfers have learnt that early intervention is vital to help prevent issues with their swing and allow them to continue enjoying walking around the golf course.

Martial Arts

Martial Arts

All martial arts; especially karate, kung fu, kick boxing and taekwondo require girls and boys at an early age to develop strong intrinsic foot strength along with a strong core and mobile hips to help progress from junior ranks to senior ranks or belts. Furthermore having strong feet in all different styles of martial arts is vital to hold shape and maintain the aesthetics of the movement especially when doing kata or gradings to advance belts.

Power Lifting

Power Lifting

For our heavy lifters and power athletes in the gym the most common exercises we’ve implemented corrections for at Melbourne Sports Podiatry are the back squat, snatch, walking lunge and explosive bounds or hops. Dr. Steven Singh worked as a Personal trainer and trained as a 100m sprinter for several years whilst also working as a podiatrist, and is therefore highly experienced when it comes to correlating the bodies joint limitations to the technique required to complete a successful lift or movement.

Rugby

Rugby

Both union and league players have the brutal task of absorbing tackles whilst continuing to repeatedly run in short spurts throughout the game. This part of the game itself causes repeated trauma through the ankle and foot as it serves the foundation to balance and grip whilst driving forward in a scrum or moving through a would be tackler.
For juniors endeavouring to play rugby, the critical period to address the foot and ankle is before they start getting into the gym.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

Both Skiing and Snowboarding require a proper boot fitting done by a professional store. However where people tend to get the upsell in these stores are for insoles and orthotics.
For our skiers and snowboarders who endeavour to ride in comfort and already have a conscious awareness that they have flat or high arched feet, an orthotic designed by Melbourne Sports Podiatry may be a smarter option for you. Also if you’ve had a previous injury or are at risk of injury we have the qualifications to make suitable recommendations to your footwear and or orthotics to help reduce the risk of that occurring.

Soccer

Soccer

Whether you’re a defender, midfielder or forward, soccer is renowned to require quick feet, agility, speed and endurance. Furthermore with a common need to feel quality touch during play we are aware at Melbourne Sports Podiatry for the necessity to work alongside having tighter fitting, lighter-weighted football boots.
On top of this for our junior soccer players who are either growing rapidly or increasing their amount of training days it’s common to see recurring foot and ankle injuries.

Triathlon and Cycling

Triathlon and Cycling

Triathletes and Cyclists are among some of the most dedicated and hard working athletes around the world. The cycling and triathlon communities in Melbourne are both incredibly close knit. With a lot more adults moving back into competing with..

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis has been leading the charge for training and recovery diversification at the national level over the past several years with the incorporation of gymnastics, athletics and strength based training being implemented at an earlier age amongst our junior and adolescent level athletes.

Orthotics for Sport

Orthotics for Sport

Customised orthotics for sports and general wear are individually tailored foot insoles developed uniquely by different practitioners.

AFL + Podiatry

Whether you’re a back, midfielder or forward, in today’s day and age everyone is required to run and carry the ball. As a result the demand and load on the lower limbs have dramatically increased with players at both a junior and senior level been seen to run regularly anywhere between 10-20km a game.

On top of this for our junior athletes who are growing and endeavouring to impress, they may be training at match intensity during the week due to school commitments and sometimes representative sport commitments.

Common injuries seen in our Junior and Adolescent AFL Players

  • Osgoods Schlatters - Growing pain in the knee
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome - Growing pain in the knee
  • Severs disease - Growing pain in the heel
  • Shin Splints - Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Ankle Sprain and Fractures
  • Jumpers Knee - Patella Tendonopathy

Common injuries seen in our Senior AFL Players

  • Calf and Hamstring Tears
  • Plantar Fascitiis and Heel Spurs
  • Achilles Tendon pain (tendonopathy)
  • Shin Splints - MTSS
  • Ankle Sprains and Acute Fractures
  • Forefoot Pain - Turf Toe and Greater toe pain
  • Ankle impingement Anterior and Posterior
  • Stress Fractures

Prevention and Treatment

If you are in pain now or simply want to look at ways to prevent injury there is never a better time than now to have your body, training loads and football boots looked at.

All assessments are 30 minutes and 45 minutes for those patients who have had chronic/resilient problem that has been untreatable so to speak over a long time.

Common Methodology behind Treatments

Our methodology at Melbourne Sports Podiatry is simple but deliberate. Although all treatments are tailored based on the individual the way we find out how to best work you and our other patients come from the following process:

  • Assess specific movement patterns based on the sport
  • Assess structures between the lower back and feet
  • Identify where the problem is stemming from
  • Identify limitations or energy leaks
  • Treat on the day and Plan ahead.

Common Treatments we use on the first appointment include

  • Sports specific strapping and padding
  • Footwear assessment
  • Soft or Deep Tissue release
  • Lower limb Dry Needling
  • Balance and Strength Programming
  • Running Analysis and Re-training
  • PNF stretching and Joint Mobilisation
  • In shoe wedging and modifications

Other Treatments we use include

  • Sports specific customised orthotics
  • Kids only orthotics
  • Joint adjustments
  • Advanced Foot and Ankle rehabilitation