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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Common Treatments we use on the first appointment include
Other Treatments we use include