Even the slightest imbalance can leave feet vulnerable to stress and injury.
With the right treatment however, Orthoses can align the foot structure once again and make exercise more mechanically and energy efficient.
Sports activities result in a great deal of movement and pressure on the foot. Slight imbalances in the foot that are not harmful or even detectable under usual circumstances, may make a person more vulnerable to injury thanks to the extra stress that occurs as a result of such activities.
By eliminating the need for one’s muscles to compensate for imperceptible imbalances, Functional Foot Orthoses can reduce fatigue and promote efficient muscle function to enhance performance. With enough functional correction, the foot structure can be aligned to give more propulsion which makes walking, running and cycling more mechanically and energy efficient.
Sports teams I have worked with:
“Nick has been a tremendous asset since joining the London Irish medical team as a consulting Orthotist. He has undertaken baseline pre season assessments on all our squad which allows us to try and reduce the risk of injury. Throughout the season he works alongside the medical team to ensure the players receive first class advice and treatment in order to reduce the risk of injury and return promptly from injury. He is extremely professional and knowledgeable and is a leading expert in his field.”
– Mr Brian O Leary Head of Medical Services, London Irish, 23/02/2015
When coming up with the right design of orthosis for sport, it’s important to understand the footwear that is being used and also the forces being exerted through the body for the particular activity undertaken. For example, the needs of a rugby player, a young netball player, an elderly person playing tennis and an ultra-marathon runner will all be vastly different.
For this reason, a thorough assessment must be undertaken in order to ensure that all aspects of your activity and in particular, when and where you experience problems are taken into account. This understanding helps to ascertain the best type of device and material to use to help achieve your goal of symptom-free sport.
Consultants in Sports Medicine & Exercise
We are proud to be part of the All Sports Medicine team which consists of specialist sport and exercise consultants who are dedicated to managing injuries and musculoskeletal problems.
Working in collaboration with a highly skilled team of specialist physiotherapists, podiatrists, nutritionists and sports tissue therapists, All Sports Medicine has experience with a number of professional sports teams including England Cricket, Premiership Rugby, Premiership Football, Great Britain Hockey, judo, canoeing, rowing, synchronised swimming, golf, gymnastics and ballet.
All Sports Medicine has three of the top consultants in sports medicine providing clinics in Reading and Basingstoke alongside Feet First’s Nick Gallogly. Please visit their website for more information.
FeetFirst Orthotics at the Fortius Clinic in London
17 Fitzhardinge Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 6EQ
Tel: 020 3195 2442
For more information about how Feet First Orthotics can help you to play pain-free sport once again, please feel free to contact me and we will be more than happy to help.