On The Front Foot
We all know that you need to move your body to stay healthy - whether you’re running, walking, dancing, pumping iron, or just cleaning the house. What you might not think about though, is that all this good activity results in your feet going through a lot of wear and tear.
Fun fact: both feet make up 25% of the body’s bones, 18% of joints and 6% of the muscles. Not so fun fact: doing damage to them won’t only leave your feet sore – they can also affect your knees, hips and entire spine, so it definitely pays to have a specialist look after them.
That’s where Russel and Trevor, the two podiatrists at Barangaroo Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic, come in. We caught up with them recently to find about how they ended up spending their work hours looking at feet, so check out our Q&A below!
Russel Rubin, Bsc Hons (UK) NHD Pod (SA)
TSOB: Ok gents – let’s cut to the chase. How did you end up specialising in feet, of all things?
Russel: [Laughs] It’s a bit strange, isn’t it! I guess it’s a natural progression from being a sports junkie, getting injuries, and wanting to know how to treat them. I grew up with Judo and rugby, and then moved into marathon and ultra distance running (like the 92km Comrades marathon) during university. I had chronic shin splints which my podiatrist managed to solve – so I switched from Law to Podiatry, and haven’t looked back!
Trevor: It’s a similar story for me. I was a keen marathon runner, and my own injuries led me to finally consult with a podiatrist. He was able to fix my biomechanics – which is about treating the causes of injuries rather than just the symptoms – and this sparked my interest in the field.
TSOB: And was there a particular moment that really cemented it for you?
Russel: When I was suffering from shin splints, I saw a number of practitioners, none of who were really able to help. Then, a podiatrist I had a chance meeting with, recommended getting an insert in my running shoes – and after years of injury, finally solved the problem! That moment was the catalyst for me changing my uni degrees, and really it made a lot of sense as I was already interested in lower limb biomechanics and the effect of running shoes on our gait.
Trevor Proskewitz, BSc Hons (UK) ND Pod (SA)
TSOB: So you’re both obviously big on sports – if you could be a professional athlete now, what would you be doing?
Trevor: A Formula One racing driver! I love the adrenaline rush of speed – but also being in control.
Russel: I’m all about the crossfit these days – I really look up to athletes like Rich Froning Jr (the first person to win ‘Fittest Man on Earth’ four times), and Matt Fraser. Their abilities across a range of disciplines – from lifting to gymnastics – is hugely impressive.
TSOB: Let’s talk leisure now. What do you get up to outside of work?
Russel: I love playing golf with my son – we often work out together and pretty much share a passion for all sport. I also travel a bit with my daughter, who’s a professional ballet dancer with the Australian Ballet. Other than that, I read a lot of design publications, and spend the rest of my time trying to keep my orchids alive!
Trevor: Road cycling is my exercise of choice these days, so don’t be surprised if you see me riding around Barangaroo in my lycra! I’m also a keen movie-goer, and try to catch up with my children whenever they’re free.
TSOB: And lastly – what does it mean for you to be here at The Streets of Barangaroo now?
Trevor: I’ve been looking forward to being part of this neighbourhood from the outset, and really being a part of the community. It’s such an exciting opportunity, and it’s an extension of our existing practices in Bondi Junction and St Ives, which we’ve had for the last 16 years.
Barangaroo Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic is now open on Level 1, 400 Barangaroo Avenue (above Joe & The Juice). To book an initial consultation, call (02) 8599 9811 or book online.