Podiatric Sports Medicine, or Sports Podiatry, is the application of Podiatric Medical Principles to the sportsperson and the sporting environment.
Sports Podiatrists specialise in the diagnosis and management of foot and lower leg disorders with a particular focus on injuries associated with foot and lower limb function.
Sports Podiatrists provide walking and running assessments to investigate posture and lower limb function, which may include a Biomechanical and computerised Gait Analysis.
Sports Podiatry includes:
- Assessment and treatment of all foot and ankle disorders
- Assessment of mechanical causes of lower limb pain
- Prescription of corrective foot orthoses for lower limb realignment
- Prescription of appropriate stretching/strengthening and training programs
- Advice and modification of running shoes, football boots and other sporting footwear
Sports podiatry covers 2 areas:
(1) Foot & lower limb overuse injuries
(2) Mechanical performance enhancement to minimise injury and to maximise efficiency.
As a member of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and New South Wales Sports Podiatry Group (NSWSPG), Christian De Brennan is committed to ongoing professional development and training in the field of Sports Podiatry to provide the highest standards of care to his sports loving patients.
Christian can determine via biomechanical assessment and specific testing whether your leg alignment and leg stability is normal and is sufficient for performing in your particular sport.
Why should I be assessed by Christian?
(1) Injury. If you have a niggling injury, it is likely to be caused by a mechanical problem or imbalance in the body. To relieve the symptoms, the cause of the imbalance must be determined and treated accordingly.
(2) Performance enhancement. For the recreational or elite level athlete who wants to avoid injury and maximise performance.
Christian will often work closely with a Sports Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropractor, as many leg and foot problems are secondary to problems in the lower back and pelvis.
The most common sports podiatry injuries are: Shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, Knee cap pain (runner's knee), Calf strain, Plantar fasciitis/arch pain.
If you are concerned about any of the following conditions, consult a Sports Podiatrist:
- Upper leg pain
- Knee pain
- Lower leg pain
- Ankle pain
- Heel pain
- Foot pain
- High arches
- Flat feet
- Unstable gait