Sports Podiatry, Gait Assessment and Bracing
What is involved in a Sports Podiatry assessment?
During your assessment with our Sports Podiatry team, the key factors with regards to your walking, training and lower limb biomechanics will be explored. After a detailed consultation, a dynamic and static biomechanical assessment will be undertaken to look to fully understand the nature of your injury.
Specialist video gait analysis (walking and running if required) help characterise your movement patterns and identify any discrepancies that may be leading to injury. From this, a robust prevention and rehabilitation plan can be put in place to help heal and prevent future injury.
After a full gait assessment, our podiatrist will make recommendations to you around your footwear and lower limb biomechanics. Often, adaptations and adjustments can be made to help optimise your movement. This can be done by the prescription of orthotics and braces, as well as footwear advice. See below for more details.
Choosing the correct footwear for leisure and/or sporting activities can be daunting. The LBSM team will help you find the appropriate footwear to best support you by:
A custom foot orthosis is designed to enhance your foot function. It is important to note that the term “insole” is a generic term that describes any insert into a shoe. These can be bought over the counter and online in many cases. This may sometimes be appropriate but we would always recommend a full review by a sports podiatrist to guide you. An orthosis on the other hand is a medical device that needs to be prescribed by a clinician:
Foot orthoses can also be used to treat foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain. Using the latest motion capture technology, our devices are created to match the exact anatomy of your foot and shaped to fit comfortably in your footwear.
LBSM can also assist with sport specific foot orthoses which can be designed for running, cycling, sports boots (football and rugby), tennis, golf, ski boots and more.
Our specialist podiatry team will help link your biomechanics with the correct orthotic prescription and advice around appropriate footwear, creating a bespoke injury prevention and/or recovery strategy.
Some lower limb injuries of the pelvis, knee, foot and ankle may require bracing to support the joint in question. This can be used to support the joint, the soft tissues or offload the joint.
Knee braces are commonly used to support the knee during acute injury, and rehabilitation phases. The specific knee brace used depends on the type of injury and patient function. Please see our commonly used knee braces for more information.
The Richie Brace is an Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) which is worn on the lower leg and foot to support the ankle structures whilst minimizing rotational forces. The Richie brace is used to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle pathologies including
The construction of the brace allows good shoe fit, reduction in pain and continuation of movement and exercise.
Children’s Foot Assessment
Children’s feet grow rapidly with certain key developmental milestones. Parents and/or guardians often seek help from our Podiatry team if:
Our team can assist with delivering age specific exercise programme, advice around footwear and paediatric orthoses if indicated.
Routine foot care
Routine foot care involves trimming nails and reduction of callus and corns. This treatment method can help with prevention of infection and maintaining healthy skin and nails for your feet. Our service extends to helping with fungal nails and verruca treatment.