Podiatric Sports Medicine

Royal College of Podiatry Specialist Advisory Group

Motto: Inspiring clinical excellence through science & innovation, thinking beyond biomechanics

What is Podiatric Sports Medicine?

As a formal specialty within the podiatry profession, Podiatry Sports Medicine (PSM) is relatively new and still in its infancy. Historically, clinicians have referred to themselves as Sports Podiatrists due to their association with sportsmen as their patient group, but they have had no formal qualifications or training in PSM.

Find out more about the history of podiatric sports medicine, including the role that the 2012 London Olympics played in its evolution, in this paper by the Podiatric Sports Medicine Specialist Advisory Group Chair, Nat Padhiar.

Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM)
In the UK, Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) exists as a specialty in medicine and an academic qualification in SEM has been offered for the last four decades in the UK. In order to identify and differentiate from SEM which is primarily practised by medical doctors, sports medicine practised by a podiatrist has been termed Podiatric Sports Medicine in order to give it its own identity.

Find out more about the history of sports and exercise medicine in articles from BASEM Today, edited by Nat Padhiar. Winter 2021

Scope of practice

Management of common and uncommon musculoskeletal foot, ankle and leg disorders encountered in sport as well as within an active population, in terms of diagnosis and differential diagnosis based on knowledge of conditions, knowledge of anatomy, good history-taking, clinical examination confirmed by investigations and then a structured plan of management. Justification is based on evidence thus encouraging evidence-based practice.
The decision-making process is also an important part of the scope, especially at the elite and professional end of the sports spectrum.


The Podiatric Sports Medicine Specialist Advisory Group (PSM SAG) is open to all Members/Fellows of the Royal College of Podiatry that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a Post-graduate Certificate (PGC), Diploma or an MSc in PSM or equivalent qualification that is related to sport
  • Are employed or affiliated to a sports team or organisation
  • Have part of their working week devoted to looking after sportsmen and women
  • Are involved in teaching or lecturing in sports-related subjects
  • Work within a mulitdisciplinary sports medicine, clinic or team.

How to join

If you are a member of the Royal College of Podiatry, meet one of the above criteria and would like to join PSM SAG, please download the application form. Completed forms and accompanying documentation should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Ms Caoimhe Hoey, by email.

Organisation structure

Chair Dr Nat Padhiar
Vice Chair Mr Liam Stapleton and Mr Abid Hussain
General Secretary Mr Sean Savage and Mr Victor Sowunmi
Membership Secretary Ms Caoimhe Hoey and Ms Amy Curran
Social Secretary Ms Katie Reilly and Mr David Gruhl
Scientific Officers Ms Suzanne Hamilton and Mr Ian Griffiths
Education Officers Mr Dhruv Jogia and Mr Alexander Townsend
Vasyli Award Coordinator Mr Trevor Prior and Ms Fiona Rigby
Marketing and Advertising Officer Ms Olga Jones and Ms Nicola Wilson

Post-graduate education

Podiatric Sports Medicine 

Queen Mary University of London offers PG Dip/MSc in Podiatic Sports Medicine. 

For more information contact:

Sports and exercise medicine courses

There are 22 universities in the UK that offer sports and exercise medicine (SEM) courses, including University College London, see:

Virtual lecture series

The Podiatric Sports Medicine Special Advisory Group organises monthly online education meetings for its members, details below.

All meetings will start at 7.30pm except where specified with an asterix*. All sessions will have a 5-minute introduction by the chair, a 40-minute presentation, and 15 minutes of discussion and questions. Please join via the Zoom link which will be made available nearer to the event.

Learning outcomes: Develop a sophisticated understanding of evidence-based best practices

  • Critically evaluate and plan safe, efficient, and effective evidence-based multi-factorial treatment protocols for individuals at any stage of their injury presentation.
  • Initiate, evaluate, and modify a range of interventions, including prescribing medicines, manual therapies, and injections.
  • Reflective practice - Critically evaluate own and others’ practice, formulating strategies for improvement.
  • Demonstrate team leadership, resilience, and determination in managing complex situations and working in a multi-disciplinary team.
Dates Title and speaker(s)
8 February 2023 Foot and ankle injuries in football
Mr Sean Savage, Specialist in Podiatric Sports Medicine
8 March 2023 Fractures of the foot: Conservative management
Ms Caoimhe Hoey, Specialist in PSM.

Fractures of the foot: When to consider surgery?
Mr James Pegrum, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.
12 April 2023 10 min Case History
Mr Dhruv Jogia, Specialist in Podiatric Sports Medicine

Menopause, relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), and bone health.
Dr Nicky Keay, Sports & Dance Endocrinologist.
10 May 2023* Nutrition & Supplements in Sport
Dr David Hughes, CMO Australian Institute of Sports Medicine, Canberra.
14 June 2023 Case studies in podiatric sports medicine
Prof Nat Padhiar.  
12 July 2023 Interpreting MRI scans of the foot & ankle in Sport
Dr Uday Mandalia, Consultant Radiologist
13 September 2023 Rheumatic diseases present as sports-related injuries
Dr Rick Seah , Consultant in SEM.
19 October 2023 The growing athlete: Paediatrics
Mr Dominic O’Dowd, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.
8 November 2023 Field Sports Medicine - managing injured athletes at the site of play. Is the approach different?
Dr Jonathan Williams
7-8 December 2023 PSM SAG Annual Conference (see below)

11th Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference

The 11th Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December 2023 at the Hallam Conference Centre, London.

The conference is in collaboration and association with the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and the Royal College of Podiatry. The conference is hosted by Aesculap Academia.

The theme of this year’s conference is Paediatric injuries and pain management in sports. The programme will include a mix of lectures and workshops.

For more information, or to book, please visit: https://uk.aesculap-academy.com/eventdetails/4086579/4086592

A review of last year's conference is available here.

Other events

Rehabilitation of foot and ankle common injuries in sports

Friday 12 May 2023, 08.00am - 08.00pm
Bucharest, Romania

Scientific coordinators and speakers

  • Dr Nat Padhiar, Head of Podiatric Sports Medicine at Queen May University, London
  • Dr Codruta Cioponea, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Doctor, specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions

  • Prof Dr Nicola Maffuli, Internationally renowed orthopedic surgeon. Honorary Professor at the Department of Physical and Sports Medicine at Queen Mary University, London
  • Prof Dr Markus Walther. Medical Director. Schon Klinik Munchen, FIFA-accredited medical centre specialising in foot and ankle conditions
  • Prof Toni Arndt, Professor of Biomechanics. President of the International Biomechanics Society
  • Dr Sorin Ghia, Doctor of Radiology and Medical Imaging. Specialises in musculoskeletal imaging
  • Physiotherapist Daniela Stanca, IFOMPT certified manual therapist
  • Dr Iozefina Botezatu, Orthopedics and Traumatology Primary Doctor. Specialises in foot surgery
  • Fabio Carmona, National Triathlon team coach

Vasyli Award

This award, which is presented annually, was created after the founder of the Vasyli Foundation and world-renowned podiatrist, Phillip Vasyli, passed away in 2015. As part of his legacy, he wished to further the education of podiatrists in the field of podiatric sports medicine.

Each year, the successful applicant will be awarded a maximum of £1,500 towards the cost of gaining one of the following qualifications: Post-graduate certificate, Diploma, or an MSc in Podiatric Sports Medicine, at Queen Mary University of London.  To apply, you must be a current HCPC registered member of the Royal College of Podiatry and be a UK resident. Further details about eligibility for the award are available here.

Applications are now open for the 2023 Vasyli Award

To apply, please download and complete the application form.

Completed forms should be returned by 30 June 2023 to courses@rcpod.org.uk.

Further reading

The recommended reading below includes published journal articles written by members of the Podiatry Sports Medicine Specialist Advisory Group.