Trusted By Over 10,000 Residents in Remuera & Across AucklandAt our sports medicine podiatry clinic in Remuera, we work with everyone from professional athletes to those just gently easing into a fitness journey for the first time. We understand that working with a sports podiatrist is not just about being able to participate in sports again, but that for many people, sports and regular exercise are a foundation for long-term wellness, disease prevention, a person’s strength and confidence – and more. This is why we take this field very seriously, and are proud to deliver comprehensive, evidence-based and exceptional care. We treat everything from shin or knee pain to plantar fasciitis heel pain, muscle strains and sprains stress fractures and more.
Your Sports Podiatrist Can Help You Return To Exercise SafelyOne way that a sports podiatrist can benefit men and women at any physical fitness level is when they decide to get back into exercising after a break. It doesn’t matter how long the break is or the reason behind it – it may be after pregnancy and the postpartum period, after surgery and your recovery, a period of sickness, a vacation – for many it’s just when they stop exercising because life gets too busy. Either way, pushing yourself too hard when you return to exercise or presuming your body is still in your pre-break state is one of the leading causes of pain and injury we see – as well as the cause of one-third of injuries at the gym.
- Studies show that cardiovascular fitness can drop noticeably within just two weeks of inactivity, which means the heart has to work harder to get enough blood to your muscles. Unfortunately, people are more likely to lose their cardio fitness more quickly if they’re already athletic or a regular gym-goer.
- Similarly, when it comes to muscle strength, muscle mass can decrease in as little as two weeks of rest.
- For those that have contracted the COVID-19 virus, exercise has likely been out of the question, with experts recommending a minimum of “two weeks of self-isolation and rest from exercise, followed by a gradual return to exercise under the guidance of a medical team”. These experts go on to recommend that patients have a medical assessment and rehabilitation plan with specialists such as physiotherapists before they return to exercise at all.
Your Sports Podiatrist Can Help Remove Your Painful Barriers To ExerciseMany of us may want to exercise, whether that’s starting or continuing our exercise journeys, but accidents, pains, our surgery history or conditions like chronic pain can make us think twice about committing to it – even if it’s just saying yes to a walk in the park with a friend. Even stages of life like pregnancy, work-related stress or postural stress can create barriers to exercise.
- Up to 79% of runners experience an injury at some point, and these injuries typically involve the knees (up to 50%), feet (up to 39.3%) and lower back (up to 19.1%).
- Injury can have a significant impact on future exercise, as up to 17% of athletes are found to fail to return to their sport following an injury