Sports Podiatry

Sports Podiatry

At Hurst Podiatry, we offer sports podiatry services at our clinics in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth and Mooroolbark.

If you need a sports podiatrist in Melbourne, book an appointment to see us now.

What is sports podiatry?

Sports podiatry is a specialised area of podiatry that manages the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of injuries to the feet and/or lower limbs that are caused by the sports and exercises.

The sports podiatry process is extensive and involves the thorough assessment of the nature and cause of an injury. The aim is to accurately diagnose the injury and create a custom injury recovery and rehabilitation management plan. These injury rehabilitation plans will focus on both short term and long term management of the injury to ensure a full recovery, resumption of sport and activities, and avoid the injury occurring again.

Not all podiatry clinics offer a sports podiatry service, however, here at Hurst Podiatry, it is one of our specialties.

When do you need a sports podiatrist?

If you’ve experienced and injury or pain in your feet or lower limbs when playing sport or exercising, a sports podiatrist should be your first port of call. As the feet are complex structures and the reasons for these injuries can vary significantly, it’s important to work with a specialist, like a sports podiatrist.

A sports podiatrist will usually categorise your injury as being either an acute or chronic injury:

Acute Injuries:

Are more recent injuries that have typically occurred in the last 3-4 days.

These injuries usually occur as a result of a particular movement, incident, collision or trauma.

Common acute sports injuries that can affect your feet and lower limbs include ankle sprains, torn achilles, or calf strain.

An acute injury will require specific short-term treatments as the body undergoes an inflammatory process when an injury has recently occurred.

Chronic injuries:

Chronic injuries have a different starting point to acute injuries and build up gradually over time through repeated movements. However, if an acute injury is not treated, it can become a chronic injury.

Sports and activities that regularly involve repeated actions, like bowling in cricket, throwing in basketball or the sudden stopping in netball, can cause chronic injuries. This is because often, these movements are unnatural and can put a great amount of strain on the body.

The repetition of the movement can result in gradual damage and injury to body parts, which can create a chronic injury.

To ensure we treat a chronic injury correctly, we focus on understanding what movements have led to the injury, the structures that have been damaged, and what we can do to help those structures get better.

Common acute and chronic sports injuries our sports podiatrists can help treat

  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee pain
  • Muscle strains and tendinosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints/MTSS
  • Stress fractures
  • Turf toe

These are only some of the injuries and conditions we can help you with at Hurst Podiatry, Melbourne.

Sports Podiatry Treatment Options

The way we treat your sports injury will depend on the kind of injury you have and how it occurred.

Some of the common treatment options our podiatry team uses include:

These are just some of the ways sports injuries can be treated. To treat your injury we will work closely with you to not only understand your injury but to find the best treatment solution that is going to provide you with the best long-term results.

Why choose Hurst Podiatry?

Not all podiatrists have the necessary experience, equipment and training required to treat sports injuries, however, here at Hurst Podiatry, it is one of our passions.

We take pride in ensuring our training and knowledge is regularly updated to ensure we’re using the best and latest treatment techniques and we also use state of the art equipment to treat sports injuries.

Our extensive knowledge and experience means that we can work with you to create a tailored recovery plan to ensure your road to recovery is the best one for you.

So, whether you have a new or longstanding sports and/or exercise related injury, we can help you get moving again at Hurst Podiatry. Book by calling us on 03 5901 2216 or online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does a sports podiatrist diagnose injuries?

    The process we use to diagnose your injury is largely dependent on the type of injury we suspect that you have.

    Our general diagnosis process involves us first getting an understanding of your history on when the injury started, how it started, your medical records and several other broad areas.

    Next we will work through a physical assessment of clinical tests likely including palpation (feeling around the affected area), strength and range of motion testing, footwear assessment, and most likely assessing your walking and running technique as well. We have a treadmill at our head office that allows for video recording and real time feedback.

    We may also refer you for imaging like Xray, ultrasound or MRI to ensure we find out exactly what is wrong.

    Once we have a firm diagnosis we can begin treatment and getting you feeling better and doing the things you love.

  • Where are your sports podiatry services available?

    You can visit our team at any of our clinics in Melbourne’s East suburbs. We have podiatry clinics in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth, and Mooroolbark, with each offering sports podiatry services.

    Give us a call on 03 5901 2216 to make your appointment.

  • Who can use our sports podiatry services?

    Our podiatry services are available to anyone who needs them, including our sports podiatry services. If you’re experiencing pain, have suffered an injury, or you’re feeling discomfort in your feet and/or lower limbs and need a Melbourne podiatry clinic, we can help you.

  • Do I need a referral to come to Hurst Podiatry?

    No, a referral is not required to book in to see us here at Hurst Podiatry.

    We’re available to patients of all ages, whether you’ve experienced an injury, you need help taking care of your feet, or you’re experiencing discomfort in your lower limbs, because everyone is welcome here at Hurst Podiatry.

    We have 5 clinic locations in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth, and Mooroolbark.

    Book today by calling us on (03) 5901 2216 or booking online here.