What is Sports Podiatry?

What is Sports Podiatry?

Specialists in Sports Podiatry on the Central Coast

Sports podiatry is the specialist field of diagnosing & treating injures of the lower limbs including feet and ankles from the hip down. Our podiatrists have a keen interest in sports podiatry and as a result we are proudly supporting local sporting clubs with our health partnerships.

Tim Ghantous, one of our Principal Podiatrists, has shifted his clinical focus toward the Sports Podiatry field over the last few years. His passion for Sports Podiatry is evident in his vast sports participation and through the additional Sports Podiatry education he has been completing.

Sports Podiatry is essential to diagnose and treat problems relating to the ankles and feet. We work with other medical teams to ensure we get the best treatment outcomes for our patients.

East Gosford Podiatry is located in a central position in East Gosford and we take patients from all over the Central Coast. If you are into a lot of sport and have some niggling aches and pains in your feet and ankles, give us a call or book an appointment today.

Sports Podiatry – What do Sports Podiatrists do

Sports podiatry is a branch of podiatry that deals with injuries and problems of the ankles, feet and lower limbs of people that play sport.

A sports podiatrist is a podiatrist that has completed training to treat conditions and injuries caused by sporting activities. A Sports Podiatrist will assess, treat and manage lower limb injuries and dysfunction, with a particular consideration toward effects of sporting activities on the lower limb. The health of our feet have a big impact on the health of our legs and back, so sports podiatrists will help to correct the issues with your feet that will in turn help to treat leg and back issues as well.

Often the goals of the patient and practitioner are directed toward injury rehabilitation and a prompt return to sport.


When Should you See a Sports Podiatrist

If you have any issues that involve the foot or ankle after or during playing sport, it is probably a good time to see a sports podiatrist. There are multiple signs or symptoms that you should not ignore when it comes to thinking if you should see a sports podiatrist.

These include:

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition that makes sports people and athletes see a podiatrist. It is very common in athletes that walk, stand or run on hard surfaces for a long period of time. Signs of plantar fasciitis can include pain at the bottom of your feet and swelling around your ankle or other joints that last for more than a couple of weeks.

Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are very common, but some people are more prone to them than others. If you are a person that gets ankle sprains quite often it may be worthwhile seeing one of our sports podiatrists that can put you through a series of tests and possibly come up with a treatment plan that could help prevent this from occurring on a regular basis.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is another cause for concern with athletes which can include issues such as Achilles tendon inflammation, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis.

These are just a few of the complaints that may bring you in to see one of our Central Coast sports podiatrists.

What Happens at a Sports Podiatry Appointment

Biomechanical Assessment

Our podiatrists will often perform a biomechanical assessment. This involves an in depth assessment of how your joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons move. This helps our team to determine what is hurting and why.

Our podiatrists pay special attention to how the different muscles of the body are working, and how one misaligned joint in the body can affect the position and function of another joint. The assessment is not focused on the feet alone, but includes the pelvis, legs and knees, assessing the relationship between them.

This then allows us to correct any identified contributing factors, and to take preventative measures to decrease the chances of your injury or pain recurring.

While many lower limb injuries are obtained during competitive or recreational sporting activities, the foot pressures and stresses sustained during work and daily activities can also be enough to cause significant injury.

Our experience and comprehensive understanding of biomechanics, pain and injury is a result of a genuine interest, and active participation in a wide range of sports.


How long does the Biomechanical Assessment take and what you need to bring

The assessment can take up to 1 hour.

  • Patients are advised to wear shorts, to allow effective assessment of lower limb function while maintaining comfort and modesty. Short skirts and tight jeans are both unhelpful.
  • Bringing with you any shoes that are regularly worn, or that you feel many be contributing to the presenting complaint.

If you would like an appointment to have your foot or lower limb pain assessed, please call the clinic to arrange a time convenient for you.

Sports Podiatry – Injuries that we can Assess

  • Achilles Tendon injury
  • Heel pain / Heel Spurs and Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuroma and ball of the foot pain
  • Turf toe and toe pain
  • Ankle sprains and chronic weakness
  • Knee pain – Patellofemoral pain
  • Muscle and Tendon fatigue and failure

As a sports-orientated clinic, East Gosford Podiatry provides sporting care for professional and recreational athletes from a young age to the more experienced. Our aim is to enhance performance, prevent injuries, alleviate pain and improve functional ability.

We not only provide sports podiatry in the clinic, but out on the field and court!

East Gosford Podiatry has a deep involvement in the local sporting community. Our long-term sponsor partnerships with local Soccer, Rugby, AFL and Netball clubs include regular attendance at training events and game day to offer advice and manage injury where required.

Sports Podiatry East Gosford

If you have incurred a foot, ankle or knee injury, or you would like to put a plan in place to assist in preventing injury, we can help. East Gosford Podiatry have many proven treatment and sports rehabilitation strategies and can point you toward the one that is the right fit for you.

East Gosford Podiatry Health Partnerships

We are proudly providing health partnerships for the 2020 season to:

East Gosford Rams | Saratoga Hawks | Avoca Beach Rugby | Terrigal-Wamberal Netball Club | Gosford Tennis Club

We have also been involved in the Podiatry team for the Oxfam trail walk, coordinated the Podiatry team for the Blue Mountains 100km Ultra Marathon event, and have provided Podiatry care at both the local ‘Bay to Bay’ and ‘Lighthouse 2 Skillion’ events here on the Central Coast.

Tim Ghantous, one of our Principal Podiatrists, has shifted his clinical focus toward the Sports Podiatry field over the last few years. His passion for Sports Podiatry is evident in his vast sports participation and through the additional Sports Podiatry education he has been completing. For further information on Tim and his qualification and interest in the Sports Podiatry field, please see his profile in the ‘our team’ page or his sports focused website ( www.centralcoastsportspodiatry.com.au ) offering additional info and tips on sports related podiatry topics.

We Accept Patients from all over the Central Coast

If you are in East Gosford and surrounding suburbs and are in need of a Podiatry appointment due to lower limb or feet issues you may need orthotics. Please contact our clinic on (02) 4325 0600

Sports Podiatry Central Coast

East Gosford
Green Point
Point Clare

Point Frederick
West Gosford
Avoca Beach

North Gosford
Erina Heights
Niagara Park
Woy Woy

(02) 4325 0600