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Musculoskeletal

Stiff, painful big toe joint?

Do you have a stiff, painful big toe joint that stops you from doing the activities you love or limits the shoes that you can wear?  There is no need to suffer, we can help resolve your pain! The pain that you are suffering is likely being caused by wear and tear of the cartilage…

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5 simple tips to reduce your risk of running injury

If, like me, you were over indulgent over the festive period, you may be thinking about turning over a new leaf and setting goals around your health and fitness.  Many people at this time of year will turn to running as part of their New Year’s resolutions in a bid to burn off those excess…

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What are Foot Orthoses?

Foot orthoses are something that we commonly use in our practice to manage a wide variety of foot, ankle and lower limb conditions. In a Podiatry sense, Orthotics (or Foot Orthoses to give them their correct name) are medical devices that are accommodated within footwear.  They can serve many different purposes; to help prevent foot…

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Plantar Fasciitis

WHAT IS IT?  The plantar fascia is a broad band of dense connective tissue, similar to tendon and ligament, that originates from the heel bone (calcaneus) and inserts into each of the toes, forming a fan shaped structure. It serves an important role in foot and lower limb mechanics. It is now thought that plantar…

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Bunions

Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. It is not the bunion itself that is inherited, but certain foot types that make a person prone to developing a bunion. Although wearing shoes that crowd the toes won’t actually cause bunions, it sometimes makes the deformity get progressively worse.…

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Adult flat foot

WHAT IS IT? Tibialis Posterior Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD) is a common overuse injury  .The Tibialis posterior muscle plays an important role in supporting the arch of the foot as well as inverting (turning out) and plantar-flexing (pointing down) the foot. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? In the early stages of this conditions common symptoms include pain…

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Achilles tendinopathy

WHAT IS IT? Achilles Tendinopathy is usually divided into 2 stages: reactive and degenerative. The reactive stage is usually a response to an increase in loading (such as a sudden increase in training); the tendon will become painful and may swell. The degenerative stage is seen in the more chronic cases; here the tendon’s structure…

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Shin pain in a runner

I recently had a visit from a 48-year-old, male runner who was complaining of a 4-week history of shin pain.  He was training for the Berlin marathon, so was keen to be fit to resume training ASAP. He described his symptoms as a constant, dull ache affecting the inside of the left shin bone, the…

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How to choose running shoes

With more choice than ever, how do we choose the right running shoe? Running has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years and we now have a greater choice than ever when it comes to running shoes: minimalist, maximalist, neutral, stability, motion control, cushioned….. the list goes on. Historically we have been told…

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