Spotlight on Phil de Mestre – podiatrist

Spotlight on Phil de Mestre – podiatrist

What is your proudest moment as a practitioner?

I always enjoy helping patients achieve their goals. Just recently I worked with a marathon runner in line for the Tokyo Marathon. He had a very grumbly achilles and was concerned he wouldn’t have the time to put the required number of K’s in before the race. We worked very hard on strength, running technique and training programs. He ended up takings 18mins off his previous best with only 70% of his previous training load. Train smart, not hard!

 

 

What lead you to choosing Sports Podiatry?

A love of biomechanics, footwear and running.

 

 

If you hadn’t become a Sports Podiatrist, what other profession would you have liked to pursue?

Possibly physiotherapy, or something completely different like banking.

 

 

What is your own sporting background?

I was a very active child, loved footy, basketball, cricket and running. I focused a lot on athletics (800m and 1500m) as a youngster. I currently compete in road races between 5km to Marathon Distance as well as enjoying a hit of golf.

 

 

What is your greatest sporting achievement?

I ran the Melbourne Marathon last year in 2:48. Still riding the high! You can read about it here

Training for a Marathon – What I’ve learnt

 

What’s been your worst sports injury?

High grade ankle syndesmosis (touch footy) – get treatment for these ones early!

 

 

Which sporting legend would you most like to invite to dinner?

 

If we could turn back time it would be departed US track star Steve Prefontaine.

 

Why?

He had amazing self-belief and it rubbed off on those around him.

 

 

For more info about Phil check out his profile

 

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