After taking a full medical and familial history Woodside Clinic’s podiatrists question the patient about their chief concern. As prevention becomes a focal point for all our practitioners dealing with the sports patient, it is essential that our podiatrist has an understanding of the potential risk factors associated with sporting activities.
Sport, the demands of the sport, e.g. fractures due to trauma in contact sports that could occur from a tackle in rugby or football.
Skill level and schedule, the demands of the training schedule dependent upon the level of competition and the aspirations of the individual.
Shoes and socks, are these suitable for the demands of the activity and the individual?
Surface structure, increased forces from different sporting surfaces, e.g. grass, concrete, astro turf all exert differing forces and potential dangers for sporting participants.
Sex and age, hormones, degeneration of collagen and, or muscle mass.
Style, each individual will possess their own style in performing their chosen sport.
Stamina and strength, under conditioning of the cardio vascular and muscular system, often a muscle imbalance leading to fatigue and subsequent injury.
Stretch, the importance of incorporating a stretching regime to alleviate muscle tightness.
All of the above can play a part in leading towards an injury occurring.
The assessment carried out at Woodside Clinic involves weight bearing and non weight bearing exercises to investigate whether adequate range, quality, symmetry and direction of motion are available within the hips, knee, ankle and joints of the foot. Our assessment will provide information regarding any restrictions in available movement within these joints, which will provide the basis for a treatment plan to be implemented in order to allow continued activity or a modified return to activity. Our Podiatrists aim is to alleviate discomfort at an injury site and to prevent an injury occurring by affecting the foot and the ground interaction whilst walking / running often with the use of a simple insole within the treatment plan but may involve referring to an Osteopath or Physiotherapist if needed.
Our treatment plan is all encompassing and looks to address, modify and improve poor biomechanics and footwear with the introduction of insoles and a stretching and conditioning programme.