Tom Davey is a biomechanical and sports focussed Podiatrist. He grew up in Shepparton and attended Goulburn Valley Grammar School, graduating in 2008. Tom then completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (majoring in Exercise Rehabilitation and Strength and Conditioning) at the University of Ballarat. After some work in this industry Tom returned to study a Bachelor of Health Science & Masters of Podiatric Practice at La Trobe University in Bendigo. You may also recognise Tom from his time working as duty supervisor at Aquamoves Shepparton.
Tom has practiced privately in Melbourne for the past 4 years and takes pride in successfully treating complex biomechanical and musculoskeletal conditions of the lower leg, foot and ankle. Since 2017 he has been working within one of the largest sports medicine clinics in Melbourne. Here he practices daily with physiotherapists, myotherapists and a sports physician and believes a collaborative approach is essential to provide the best possible outcome to the client. Tom has also recently taken on a clinical supervisor role with La Trobe University to tutor the next generation of Podiatrists.
Tom’s qualifications provide him with an extensive understanding of lower limb biomechanics and allows him to implement strength and conditioning into his treatment programs. From the acute or chronic ankle sprains to the everyday aches and pains of arthritic joints, Tom uses a mix of hands on approach including mobilisations and manipulations, combined with targeted exercise programs to address each injury.
Tom is clinically focussed at looking at the big picture, addressing all areas of health which may contribute to foot or lower limb injuries. This includes sleep, diet, hydration, movement and exercise. Tom is also skilled in lower limb dry needling, foot manipulation and toe nail surgery. He is currently personally researching minimalist footwear and the barefoot movement, noticing the benefits these approaches can have on himself and for patients.
Treatment techniques used by Tom include:
- Foot mobilisation (to assess each individual joint in the foot)
- Foot manipulation
- Dry needling
- Myofascial release tools
- Running assessment/retraining
- Orthotic therapy
- Local anaesthetic injection therapy
- CAM boot fitting
- Casting for non-displaced fractures (lower limb)
“If you are STRONG enough and your foot moves well enough you should not need orthotics”
Tom has a preference to increase foot mobility and strength over the use of orthotics. In the situations where orthotics are required, he is experienced in custom orthotic prescription and adjusting existing orthotics.
Tom’s post graduate qualifications include:
Outside of work you will find Tom 4WDriving, camping or fishing. Tom is looking forward to returning to tennis and working on his golf game in Shepparton.