Running often leads to foot and lower limb injuries due to the increased stress placed on these structures. Our Podiatrists are experienced in the assessment, treatment and management of all foot related injuries or conditions that occur as a result of running. We also treat some lower limb injuries such as shin splints or knee pain that can stem from poor foot and ankle function.
Why Runners need a Podiatrist more than anyone?
Runners are much more likely to develop an overuse injury than any other athletes. The high load placed through the body at each foot strike places enormous demands on the joints, muscles and tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue structures. There are other factors which can contribute to running injuries. These include training volume, running surfaces, shoe wear, biomechanics, injury history, and even genetics.
It’s no wonder 50% of runners will develop an injury every year. With a dramatic increase in people pulling on a pair of running shoes and pounding the pavement, it is crucial we equip them with the appropriate information and analysis to prevent them breaking down with injury.
Many of our Podiatrists are competitive runners with experience in gait re-training and developing customised exercise programs for runners. We will examine you running using our COACH’S EYE VIDEO GAIT ANALYSIS & GAITSCAN systems and software, and discuss ways to help you run better, recover from and prevent injuries. This may involve changing your shoes, running drills and strengthening routines. You will then be assessed regularly to monitor improvements and changes to your running technique.
It is important to be wearing supportive footwear and replacing footwear regularly. Our Podiatrists will assist with footwear assessments and recommendations.
Podiatrists will also assist in treatment and management of any skin or nail problems that may be a result of running.
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At the Foot and Ankle Clinic our highly qualified team of Podiatrists are all members of the Australian Podiatry Association and offer a combined 50 years’ experience. They are trained to diagnose and effectively treat running injuries via a range of treatments.
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