Sport is great !
By Yves BENSIMON, Podiatrist.
Whichever sport we play, we use our bodies like a long chain of which the foot is the final link.
Essential for posture, the foot integrates the constraints and all the imbalances of the upper levels and compensates.
We all have slight postural imbalances. However, sports activities and the impacts repeated thousands of times act as a revealer.
The examination of an athlete by a podiatrist, as well as the resulting corrective foot orthotics, enables action to be taken on regional pathologies of the feet, as well as the knees, back and rachis.
This examination firstly helps define your type of foot posture.
Supinated foot: the heel is rotated outwards.
It is involved in a certain number of pathologies including windscreen wiper syndrome, recurrent ankle sprains, and tendinitis of the fibular muscles.
Pronated foot: axis of the heel and the mid foot are rotated inwards.
Pathologies associated are notably goosefoot tendonitis, calcaneal spur plantar aponeurosis, and Achilles tendonitis.
Twisted foot: combines a pronated forefoot with a supinated heel. The associated pathologies are notably plantar aponeurosis, tibial periostitis and patellofemoral syndromes.
The combination of one or another of these three plantar deviations with a specific repeated movement predisposes the athlete to one of the aforementioned pathologies.
The experience acquired from athletes in numerous disciplines enables me to rapidly find the movement, which combined with the disalignment, results in pathologies characteristic of each sport.
The examination begins with a static analysis on a podoscope and foot impression sheet.
The gait and the stride are then analyzed dynamically using a podobarometer and a treadmill to be as close as possible to the movement during effort.
Finally, the stability of the pelvis and the spine is assessed.
These examinations are carried out during your first appointment.
The foot orthotics designed following this evaluation will be made to measure using materials and techniques adapted to the specificity of the sports activity of each patient. You will try them the following week at the surgery in different pairs of your shoes.
Then four follow-up appointments will be scheduled during which the efficacy of the insoles will be tested each time.
The details of your examination, the type of insoles made, and any modifications throughout the year will be noted in a podology follow-up book.
On our website, you will find the files specific to each sports activity, as well as my advice on how to prepare your feet for intense use without the risk of injury.