Who are you and where are you based?
My name is Tim Veysey-Smith. I am a Sports Podiatrist and trail runner specialising in the treatment of running injuries based in the Weald of Kent, England.
What are the most common sports-related injuries you see?
As I specialise in treating runners, I see a lot of running related injuries! The majority of these are caused by overuse, or ‘too much too soon’. The most common injuries I see among runners are Plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Shin Splints, Calf muscle strains and Forefoot pain.
What's your top tip for reducing the risk of injury?
For runners, 2 or 3 sessions of strength and conditioning per week can reduce your risk of injury by as much as 50%! Simple body weight exercises such as squats, lunges and heel raises can be done quickly at home and are a good start.
Are there any ways people can speed up their recovery?
Do your rehabilitation exercises and don’t rush back too early. Recovery from injury is a process and you can’t shortcut Mother Nature. The good news is that it is usually possible to cross train in order to maintain your aerobic fitness so you don’t lose out too much during recovery.
What should people look for when choosing a treatment provider?
Obviously make sure your therapist is registered with a recognised professional body, such as the Health and Care Professions Council. It is also an advantage if your therapist has an interest in and understanding of the sport you are involved in. For example as a runner myself I can empathise with runners when they get injured and am able to give specific advice and treatment based on my knowledge of the sport.
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