A Podiatrist is a specialist of the foot, ankle and lower limb. Sports Podiatrists (or musculoskeletal Podiatrists) primarily focus on the way the foot interacts with the ground and try to consider the loads or forces that the lower limb has to contend with during high impact sporting activity. This is often also referred to as ‘biomechanics’ which is essentially the application of mechanical principles to living organisms.
Anyone can contact a Sports Podiatrist directly to arrange a consultation, or alternatively be referred by another health professional such as their GP, Osteopath, Physiotherapist or Consultant. Often the best outcome with regard to returning to sport following a lower limb injury involves podiatric input combined with other rehabilitation strategies.