Imagine you’re a professional rugby player about to represent your country. A massive match in the Six Nations. You’re mentally prepared. You’re trained, you’ve talked tactics, you’re ready.
Now imagine missing the big Twickenham clash due to injury – Wales' Leigh Halfpenny and England's Jack Nowell are two star names who missed crucial games this year due to problems with their feet or ankles.
So what happens next? Well, while they watch from home, recovering from injury, many other professional athletes are grateful for the expert help of professional podiatrists to get them back on the field again – or preferably, ensure these injuries are prevented in the first place.
We asked our podiatry team at the University of Plymouth to tell us about the importance of studying footwear biomechanics in rugby boot design, to help with the prevention of foot-related injuries.