Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries2020-11-03T15:32:14+00:00
 

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Sports Injuries

It is often said that athletes can sustain a sports injury if they train ‘too much, too soon’. However, athletes are diverse individuals with different anatomies and tolerances and when examining an injury it is important to understand that the causes are often multi-factorial.

Rachel Miller is highly experienced podiatrist specialising in biomechanics, gait analysis and orthotic insoles. Rachel sees many sportspeople and will consider what are the underlying causes of your condition, diagnose your injury to aid in assessing the best treatment plan to progress to health, fitness and help prevent future injuries.

Rachel is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (MChS) and has a Prescription Only Medicines Certificate. 

You may have been referred for an assessment by your Consultant, GP or other medical professional or you can self-refer if you have concerns and want to be seen by a highly experienced podiatrist.

Please see below for a more detailed explanation of sports injuries.

Contact the Centre for an appointment on 020 8348 5553

Common sports conditions include:

Sport injury causes

Our feet give us stability and absorb the forces which are transferred to them during gait. Once you increase the amount of force transferring through the feet, such as when running, jumping or other repeated activities, pathomechanics become highlighted that can result in injury. Pathomechanics can be defined as the mechanics of living systems in motion resulting in, or leading to, dysfunction or injury.

It is important to diagnose the condition causing pain, say a stress fracture, but it is also important to understand the underlying cause. Injuries can be related to excessive pronation of the foot, the foot rolling inwards during gait, or the result of a highly arched or supinated foot causing the foot to roll outwards during gait but often the causes of injury are multi-factorial.

One factor in analysing the nature of an injury is how your joints, muscles, ligaments, etc., interlock and interact with each other so that one joint affects all the other joints during motion.  The principle of interlocking joints is sometimes called the kinetic chain. A particular foot structure does have unique characteristics which affect the timing and movement of joints higher up the kinetic chain which may create susceptibilities, possibly leading to injury.

Other risk factors that may contribute to injury include:

  • previous injury
  • muscle imbalance
  • biomechanical problems
  • technical errors and training errors
  • changes to training patterns, their volume and intensity
  • changing to a different shoe or using the wrong footwear
  • changing the surface that you are training or competing on and training on hard surfaces
  • age; adolescents and older people can be parcticularly susceptible
  • certain medical conditions

Sports injury treatment

Rachel Miller is an experienced podiatrist specialising in biomechanics, orthotic insoles and gait analysis.  An early diagnosis of an injury with a comprehensive biomechanical assessment and treatment plan may help with your rehabilitation and lessen the chances of injuries reoccurring.

Treatment will depend on the nature and severity of your condition, your overall health and medical history but may include:

Immediate treatment include be PRICE: protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Other treatments can include:

  • strengthening and stretching exercises
  • preventive advice
  • sports taping
  • advice concerning footwear
  • an orthotic insole

You may be referred for diagnostic imaging including an X-Ray, MRI or CT scan or referred to another specialist for further investigations.

An orthotic insole might be prescribed as a beneficial non-invasive part of treatment.  An orthotic insole may help a sportsperson improve their performance by making exercise more mechanically and energy efficient. An orthotic insole may help cushion and align your foot structure to correct imbalances that aggravate the normal stresses and strains that vigorous activity can entail.

For more information about biomechanical assessments, gait analysis and orthotic insoles see the Biomechanics and orthotic insole page.

Call 020 8348 5553 to make an appointment

Rachel Miller is a highly experienced podiatrist and specialising in biomechanics and orthotic insoles who treats many patients for sports injuries. Her clinic is in the Highgate Health Centre in Highgate village, N6, London every weekend on either Saturday or Sunday and every Tuesday. Contact the Centre for an appointment on  020 8348 5553. For clinic directions and maps and see the Contact page   and for information about chiropody see the Podiatry page.

Conditions that can benefit from a biomechanical assessment include: