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

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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

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Distance Running

Distance Running

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Field Hockey

Field Hockey

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Golf

Golf

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Martial Arts

Martial Arts

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Power Lifting

Power Lifting

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Rugby

Rugby

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Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

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Soccer

Soccer

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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