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Sports Podiatrist and Muscles Specialist from The Footwork Clinic in Chatswood Sydney CBD Explains Gait Feet and Running Injury
Women More Prone to Running Injuries Than Men: Now We Know Why Says Expert Sports Podiatrist, Mark Lin of The Footwork Clinic
Mark Lin, a leading sports podiatrist hopes to make women more aware of the importance of gait and the way they use their feet when running. He says that awareness is especially important in female athletes since they are more prone to lower limb injuries than men.
Although it has long been known that female runners are more prone to lower-limb injuries than male runners, the exact reasons for this were unclear. But in July last year, researchers published the results of a study that might indicate just why female runners are more likely to get hurt.
It confirmed the suspicions of sports podiatrists like Lin: “Men and women coordinate their foot joints differently,” says Lin, “and this is unsurprising because the centre of gravity also differs. As a result, foot and ankle injuries are also more prevalent in women.”
Removing Barriers to Physical Activity, Maintaining Health, Enhancing Performance
Lin is concerned about the high incidence of young people, particularly young women, dropping out of sports and avoiding physical activity. There are several barriers to sports participation that women face, including confidence issues, but Lin worries that the tendency towards injury could have a role to play too.
“If you’re inclined to get hurt when you perform a certain activity, you’re going to start avoiding it,” he says. “You might not be put off the first time it happens, but if it keeps happening, you’re going to quit.”
The health implications in the overall population could be far-reaching. Ill-health and inactivity go hand-in-hand. If you don’t get moving often enough, you start losing muscle. Muscle helps to support your body, and by avoiding exercise, you actually become more prone to injury. And, as we know, there is a lot of concern about the health consequences of being overweight.
If Foot Pain is an Obstacle, a Podiatrist can Help
“When I say I’m a sports podiatrist, a lot of people think of me as attending to the super-fit,” says Lin. “The truth is that I do see a lot of top performers, but only because they’re more likely to be aware of the benefits of podiatry in sports.”
Sports podiatry, says Lin, can help anyone with foot or lower-limb issues – including women who’d like to run but who have bad experiences with lower limb injuries in the past. “You don’t have to have a current injury. Podiatry targets the causes of injuries, so if you tend to experience them, we help you to address their cause.”
About The Footwork Clinic
Mark Lin is a leading Sydney sports podiatrist. The Footwork Clinic has two convenient locations Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore and in Sydney’s CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues.
For further information, visit the The Footwork Clinic – Leading Sports, Podiatry, Foot And Lower Limb Corrective Services to book online, or call Mark Lin or his friendly team on +61 2 9131 6891.
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The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment.
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