Sports medicine is a specialised area of expertise where we work with you to get the best outcomes for your sporting activities. We want to keep you at the top of your game, performing at your best, and free of pain and injury. We do this by combining our expert knowledge of the lower limbs with the thorough understanding of how they are used and loaded during sport.
Regardless of whether you’re new to the sport or have been a competitive athlete for decades, our team will be able to work with you toward your goals and help you at whichever stage you’re at. We specialise in a variety of areas within sports medicine, including:
- Injury prevention
- Managing traumatic sports injuries, such as breaks and tears
- Managing overuse sports injuries, such as tendinopathies and the symptoms arising from general foot/leg overuse
- Gait retraining
- Sports-specific training and strengthening
- Sport-specific orthotics
- Sport-specific shoe consulting and evaluation
Working with sporting teams
If you’d like Perform Podiatry to partner with your sporting team to optimise their lower limb function and recovery specific to your sport, get in touch with us to check availability for the season. We offer comprehensive biomechanical assessments for players to evaluate foot and leg function, strength and alignment. We assess the risk of injury given the findings of the assessment combined with their injury history, and work to minimise this risk. We manage any sustained injuries to ensure optimal recovery with minimal long-term effects, and get players back on the field and performing at their best as fast as possible.
Different sports differ in the muscles and areas of the lower limbs that are heavily loaded and repetitively used. This means that feet need different areas and levels of support from an orthotic, depending on the dominant movements in the sport and how the feet and legs are used.
Some sports have a strong focus on rapid movements on the feet with abrupt stops/starts, and quick changes in direction. Individuals partaking in these sports will benefit from added stability from their orthotics, to reduce the risk of rolling and spraining their ankle as they rapidly change direction during running. Other sports have an emphasis on jumping and a greater load through the patella (knee) and the quadriceps tendon.
We prescribe and produce custom-made sport-specific orthotics by combining the findings of a person’s thorough biomechanical assessment with the demands of their sport to both have them performing optimally and reducing their risk of injury in their sport. We do this through the wealth of experience from our orthotic and biomechanical expert, Martin Kane, who has spent decades creating and refining orthotics, as well as lecturing at New Zealand’s only School of Podiatry on orthotic prescription and hands-on custom orthotic manufacture.
Sports-specific shoe consulting & evaluation
Alongside orthotics, your shoes can also impact your performance and your risk of injury. We assess and evaluate your footwear in light of your sporting involvement as well as the outcome of your biomechanical assessment, whereby we identify any limitations in the movement through your feet and legs, areas of muscular weakness or strain, deviations from optimal alignment, and much more.
If you’re about to purchase a new pair of sports shoes for the season, we can advise you on the best selection for your feet, as well as make custom alterations to new or existing footwear so you can perform at your best.
ACC Orthotics Contract
Perform Podiatry has a contract with ACC for the simple and hassle-free prescription of orthotics, when medically necessary and where your injury is covered by ACC. This is just one of the many ways we’re committed to getting you the best results for your injury in the fastest time possible, so you can keep doing the things you love. ACC also cover a large range of treatments and services where deemed necessary and beneficial to your rehabilitation.
To learn more about the foot and leg problems we treat, click here.
To learn more about how we manage injuries and pain, click here.