A musculoskeletal (MSK) or sports Podiatrist focuses on how the lower limb functions in both day to day activities and in sport. MSK podiatry is not just for sports men or women and is appropriate for all levels of activity and age. A sports podiatrist will most often be consulted when pain occurs anywhere from the Hip to the foot, since hip pain and discomfort can sometimes be related to problems anywhere below it, including the foot.
An MSK Podiatric consultation involves a detailed case history and assessment of the lower limb, hips and pelvis, most often including a detailed video gait analysis whereupon you will be filmed whilst walking and running on a treadmill. In addition to this we also offer dynamic pressure mat analysis, which enables a more precise understanding of the mechanics of your feet. The outcome of the assessment may result in the prescription of specialised insoles called orthotics although this is by no means the only outcome. In many cases ongoing foot,ankle, knee or hip pain and dysfunction may be tackled by a program of strengthening and stretching the muscles of the leg.
Below are a number of FAQ’s relating to sports podiatry.
Since we will be gaining an understanding of how your feet and the lower limb works you will be required to wear shorts whilst we assess you. It is also advisable to bring a variety of footwear with you, including the shoes that you do your sport(s) in, a casual shoe and a work shoe. Normally you will be emailed the paperwork required for our consultation prior to your appointment.
It is extremely important to break your new trainers in slowly before doing any long distance runs. Never buy new trainers just a couple of weeks before your marathon or any distance running event. There is no set time when to buy new trainers , however it is probably sensible to buy your new trainers at least 6 weeks before the event to allow yourself to break them in gradually with your training.
We are able to offer fully bespoke sandals and flip flops, so your orthoses prescription is pre-built into a sandal customised for you. Also more and more companies now offer sandals with a removable foot bed to help with the use of orthoses.