Category Archives: Sports Podiatry

Winter is coming!

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The snow season is upon us.  Snowboarding and skiing  place  significant  demands on  the lower limbs so adequate strength and correct boot fit are essential  for a great season.

Get your boots right for the optimum comfort and performance in balance, edge control and power.

Pain or difficulty on a particular maneuver on the snow can be an indication that your boots are not ideal.

A good place to start is an assessment of your overall biomechanics including lower limb structure and function.  A proper assessment by one of our podiatrists Rohan Coull, who understands the specific movements and forces placed on the body during these activities will allow him to assess your posture and strength. He  will be able to prescribe an exercise/stretching regime tailored to your needs and possibly inserts, orthotics or boot modifications to assist in getting you pain free and back on the slopes in no time.

Rohan Coull can perform the same tests and assessments we use on national team ski races and snow-borders that help them to perform at their best. Rohan has lived in the snow, run the Mt Buller Foot Clinic, taught the Masterfit Boot Fitting program and has three boys who have been on Australian Alpine Teams.

Orthotics at Melbourne Foot Clinic

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The foot is home to numerous bones, muscles and ligaments which are designed to perform a variety of complex functions. Feet should be able to absorb shock, facilitate balance and carry you through your day. Without the right support and alignment people often experience pain. When this is the case you may need the help of an orthotic or insole to balance everything out again.

Our team of podiatrists are experts in providing orthotic therapy to all age groups and activity levels. We often use orthotics in the treatment of ‘flat feet’, plantar fasciitis and arch, ankle, shin and knee pain.

There are many different types of orthotics available at our clinic from “off the shelf” to custom foot orthotics and your podiatrist will discuss with you is the best fit for your feet and activity level.

When making custom foot orthotics, we take over 40 minutes performing a full biomechanical and gait assessment, before taking a plaster impression of your feet. This enables us to design the most appropriate device for your needs. There are many different materials and styles of orthotic that can be used to make your orthotic as “hard” or “soft” to provide the best level of comfort for your feet. There are also many different styles that can be tailored to fit in various styles of shoes.

At our clinic we have the ability to make adjustments and additions to your orthotics on-site. At your fitting appointment, we make sure your orthotic fit properly and are providing the support your feet require.

During the process we work with our patients to develop detailed rehabilitation programs and stretching regimes to best facilitate your feet function. Our podiatrists have an extensive knowledge of footwear appropriate for your orthotics that are not only functional but also fashionable.

After your orthotics have been issued we schedule a review appointment in 4-8 weeks to ensure that your feet are now functioning as expected, you are comfortable wearing your orthotics and answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions or you would like to make an appointment please contact our clinic on (03) 9890 2212 or alternatively make an appointment online.

Pre Pointe Assessment

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Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is a very exciting time in a young dancer’s career. Pointe work places a large amount of stress and strain on the lower leg and foot so it is important to have a pre pointe assessment to determine whether the dancer has adequate strength, control and technique to progress onto pointe. Our Podiatrist’s can provide a comprehensive pre pointe assessment. The assessment involves gathering a wide variety of information from the dancer as well as getting them to perform different tasks and exercises identifying:

  • History (including length of time dancing as well as dance styles)
  • Previous foot or lower limb injuries
  • Growth and Posture (alignment of the lower limbs and hips)
  • Range of motion available at joints and turnout
  • Strength and Flexibility (identifying hyper mobility or tendency to sickle foot)

Often a dancer will not be ready to go en pointe at their initial assessment and the dancer will be given stretching and strengthening exercises in areas of weakness or biomechanical restriction identified by the podiatrist. These simple exercises can make a huge difference to both the dancer’s technique and their safety when they begin dancing en pointe.

Other dance related injuries including ingrown toenails, corns, callouses, blisters, warts and other ankle and foot related problems can also be treated and managed by our podiatrists.