There are many different types of professionals who are involved in the diagnosis of conditions and injuries as well as the treatment. Many people who are involved in regular sports activities are at increased risk of conditions and health issues because of the nature of their sport. As such, they often need specialist treatment such as that offered by a professional sports podiatrist.
Sports podiatrists are specialist professionals who deal with the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems. Some also deal with problems relating to the lower leg. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, sports podiatrists are also able to offer sound advice to those involved in sports to help prevent future injuries and reduce the risk of any problems occurring.
Common issues include:
Paediatrics (Kids) issues:
Paediatrics (Kids) issues:
How do these Professionals Help?
There are various ways in which a sports podiatrist can help you if you undertake regular sporting activities. First off, they can give you advice about the most suitable footwear for your needs as well as exercises that you can do to help strengthen the feet and ankles. These are often the most susceptible areas of the body for those involved in sports such as football or running. By taking heed of the advice offered by these professionals, you can help to reduce the risk of any injuries while participating in these sports.
It is also worth noting that there are various additional problems that can stem from issues relating to the ankles, feet, and lower legs, so your podiatrist may end up treating other issues as well simply because they are linked to the ankles, feet, and lower legs. They are also able to provide you with access to various devices that are designed to improve alignment of the feet and legs as well as ones that can provide you with added support when you are taking part in any physical activity.
It is important to remember that a sports podiatrist does not only deal with injuries and problems that have occurred during sports, although this is a big part of their job. They also deal with the prevention of injuries, so it is well worth seeking advice if you take part in sporting activities on a regular basis. This will make it easier for you to avoid ankle and foot injuries, which means you can continue to enjoy your sport without any interruption.
If you do take part in sports on a regular basis, it is worth seeing a podiatrist if you are experiencing certain issues like:
Staying Safe During Sporting Activities
If you are regularly involved in sports activities, it is well worth speaking to a podiatrist to get more advice about the prevention of injuries while partaking in your chosen sport. If you have already sustained some form of injury as a result of your sports and you need expert advice and treatment, you should also speak with a sports podiatrist.
At Myotherapy Podiatry Advantage, we can provide you with valuable support and advice you need with regards to the treatment or prevention of injuries during sports. For further advice, simply call 9738 1443 or visit the website www.mpadvantage.com.au
With sports such as football and netball coming to the pointy end of the season, I thought it would be good to share RECOVERY techniques which assist you backing up after heavy training loads or physically taxing matches.
When you are physically active and stressing the body, physical damage can occur. This is where recovery comes into play. There are many reasons you might need to use optimal recovery techniques. These include:
We will now look at the different techniques which are essential in the recovery process, as recommended by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS):
There are 3 key elements of nutrition that should be focussed on after physical exertion. These are strongly recommended before you get carried away with the footy club function:
If you make these elements part of your recovery you will be able to train and play at higher levels. Consult your nutritionist/dietitian for more information.
Massage and myotherapy has been used extensively in the recovery process. It can be done before, during and after physical exertion. Its effects are:
Hydrotherapy & Ice baths
Contrast water therapy:
Compression has been widely used during or after training and with flights or bus trips to reduce the risk of DVT.
Benefits may include:
Sleep & Rest
Absolutely vital in the recovery process. The body will repair and grow when at rest. Maximising sleep will assist you to perform at your peak. A lack of sleep can be detrimental to the body, causing issues from decreased focus to difficulty controlling mood, None are beneficial to performance.
Strategies to help you sleep include:
Your recovery techniques should follow this order:
It is your job to recover after intense physical exercise. Use as many recovery techniques as possible. The more you use the better you will perform at training and subsequent games. No one want to be injured late in the season, proper recovery helps reduce risk.
Everyone can respond differently to different techniques, find out which work for you and stick to it. Encourage your fellow team mates to follow suit. You might be surprised the impact it has on your performance.
Physical exertion in sport and training causes body tissues to be physically stressed and at times damaged. The body needs to be physically stressed to improve fitness but needs rest and recovery to actually improve and capitalise on the training. Proper recovery techniques are paramount to maximise performance and avoid injury.
Good recovery causes:
But what is the right way to go about it? There are many different recovery techniques which can be used at different times. All can aid in the recovery of body tissues in different ways. These include:
Over the next few posts I will be going through each technique in depth. This will teach you how to properly recover and give you and your body the best chance to perform at your peak.