running podiatrist sydney

Running Science has an established clinic which is staffed by Sports Podiatrist and avid runner Phil de Mestre. He specialises in the diagnosis and management of exercise-induced injuries.

Phil provides detailed biomechanical assessments for treatment and prevention of injuries to the foot and lower limbs. Other services include comprehensive Running Technique Assessments and Running Program Assessments.

At our runrCLINIC, we focus on lower limb biomechanics, footwear and running technique – using cutting edge techniques to capture accurate diagnosis.

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Phil de Mestre – Sports Podiatrist and Runner

Phil has been consulting as a qualified clinician since 2007 and has been running our Clinic since its inception. He has constant exposure and over a decade’s experience treating runners at Running Science. In addition, he consults as a Sports Podiatrist at the highly regarded North Sydney Sports Medicine Centre, liaising with some of the best Sports Physicians in the country. This over the years has given him experience managing short term niggles and complex pathology for runners and non-runners alike.

Phil loves running and is a running footwear nerd. His love and experience give him valuable insight into the diagnosis and prompt treatment of the runners he sees, whether they be a competitive athlete, or weekend warrior. Phil also competes himself and has notched up a 2hr47 Marathon, and a handy 76 min Half Marathon!

You can book to see him below.


  • Overload and Acute Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Achilles Tendinitis / Tendinopathy
  • Footwear Prescription
  • Biomechanical Assessments
  • Gait Assessments
  • Running Technique
  • Return to Run Programs
  • Training Programs
  • Flat Feet / Pronation
  • Orthotics
  • Foot and Lower Limb Strength
  • Dry Needling
  • Shin Splints / Medial Tibial Stress
  • Bunions
  • Knee Pain
  • Stress Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscular strains / sprains
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Childrens Feet
  • Sever’s disease

Your Initial Appointment with our Sports Podiatrist will involve a full physical examination of the lower limbs and treadmill video gait analysis. This consultation runs for approximately 40 minutes.


The Subsequent Appointment will vary depending on the condition being treated or findings from your Initial Appointment.

This will be discussed in your Initial Appointment. 


Catching the running bug? Or are you an elite runner after a performance edge? No matter what level of runner you are, our comprehensive video running analysis is for you.

This assessment involves video analysis from multiple angles, running technique advice and performance training tips. Specific advice on footwear options that will be suited to technique changes will also be given.

This assessment is particularly useful for those suffering ongoing niggling injuries or who want to reduce their injury risk. The session runs for 45-60 mins. Health fund rebates may apply.


The Running Program Assessment is tailored to you and your goals. 

Are you returning to running after injury or long break? Or maybe you’re desperate to get involved in a particular race and looking for a sound training program?

Our Sports Podiatrist will design a plan for you factoring in your injury history, running history, goals and time available to train. We want to help you reach your goal as safely and efficiently as possible!

*Personalised Programs for Races from 5k – Ultra Marathon

Remember to bring:

  • Running History (ie. Strava history) 
  • Current Running Program (if available)


I'm not sure what to do... should I go to see a Physio? Get new shoes? See Phil?

You’ve picked up a niggle… maybe its been there for a few months. Maybe it will go away on its own? Maybe a new shoe will do the trick? You reduce your running or even stop completely; you buy some new shoes but as soon as your load increases again – guess what? That niggle is back. Have you seen a Physio? That can help – but there is so much more that can be done.

Depending on which study you look at, 50% of runners will pick up an injury in a 12 month period. Often at Running Science, runners come in to purchase new shoes and sometimes they’re either injured and/or looking to run more. Sometimes there is an expectation that a new shoe will magically solve all their problems. It usually doesn’t.

Accurate diagnosis is key.

Knowing if you can run through a certain injury can have huge effects on your long-term running goals, and even other things like mental health.
If there is something limiting your running there are many things to consider.

Have you been Running too much too soon?
Are you over training? Or under training?
Have you had your Running Technique looked at?
Are you strong enough in your feet and calves?
Are you strong enough around your hips?
Are your shoes too heavy for you? Or too light?

Services in our runrCLINIC include;

  • Accurate Diagnosis
  • Footwear prescription
  • Foot and Lower Limb Strength Programs,
  • Running Strength Programs
  • Running Technique Sessions 

A health professional like Phil, who has extensive professional and personal experience with running, is an extremely valuable resource to help guide you to your running goals.

So if you have that niggle, don’t despair, get some guidance from a Professional Sports Podiatrist who KNOWS running.