Playing sport regularly is a great thing: it’s enjoyable and great for our health and our minds. However when we run, our body weight is multiplied up to three times, with our feet bearing the brunt of this stress at every stride.

The demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints (leg pain), knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, callus and athlete’s foot. Asking too much too soon of your joints and muscles can lead to injury. Running style, poor footwear and even minor limb length differences can also contribute to injuries. 

If you have repeated lower limb injuries it may be related to how your feet function when you walk or run. A podiatrist can assess your posture and lower limb function and provide advice regarding stretching and strengthening exercises, treatment plans and recommend suitable footwear. Often orthotics (supportive insoles) may be prescribed as a long term treatment.

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