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Jul 14, 2014

Can high heels damage your feet?

Very excited to have a little guest blog from our friends down at PodMed in Double Bay.  We treat alot of women with foot & lower limb problems…. when discussing aspects of their rehabilitation the wearing of high heels is often a question that comes up… So we asked the podiatrists…. they are at the end of the day experts when it comes to feet!

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Categories Ankle Exercise & fitness General Issues Health and Wellbeing Tags feet high heels foot pain podiatry physiotherapy stretching strengthening orthotics

Feb 18, 2014

Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis

Tibialis posterior dysfunction is one of the most common overuse injuries found in the foot & ankle.

The tibialis posterior muscle originates high in the shin from the back surfaces of the tibia and fibula. It tracks down along the inside border of the tibia, passes around the inside of the ankle and terminates via two attachments in the foot.  The main insertion (and that of interest to this particular injury) is into the tuberosity of the navicular.

The tibialis posterior is an extremely important stabiliser of the foot & ankle. It functions to produce inversion at the ankle and also plays a major role in maintaining and supporting the medial arch.

Why?

  • As an overuse injury through years of wear and tear associated with high impact activities such as running
  • Acutely as a result of sudden increase in training volume or intensity OR the use of inappropriate footwear

Athletes with poor foot biomechanics such as flat or pronated feet, tight calves and poor pelvic stability are at more risk of developing tibialis posterior dysfunction.

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Categories Exercise & fitness General Issues Health and Wellbeing Tags tibialis posterior tendonitis tibialis posterior foot pain shin pain overuse injury pain

Aug 4, 2013

What is a Morton's Neuroma?

They say doctors make terrible patients… I think physio’s do too and I have several reasons why; firstly we have an inability to take our own advice (most of the time); secondly we usually fail to get treatment on our problem areas because let’s be honest the last thing you want to do at the end of a long days work is have to treat your colleague… and thirdly is the case of too much knowledge being a potentially dangerous thing,. Naturally as humans and also medical practitioners I think we are programmed to think the worst and then work our way backwards.

Recently I was out enjoying a Sunday jog on the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal track when my two middle toes started aching and tingling. I kept running, it got worse, I kept running, by the end my jog was a hobble and surprise surprise for the rest of the day my foot was killing me. By 8pm that night I had convinced myself that I had a stress fracture (always jumping to the worst case scenario) I had visions of a walking boot, no running, no gym....

What is a Morton’s Neuroma? I’m so glad you asked... A neuroma is a growth that arises within the nerve cells. A Morton’s neuroma is the name given to an inflamed nerve between the metatarsals at the ball of the foot. It most commonly occurs between the second and third toe and is caused by irritation and compression of the intermetatarsal nerve. (READ FULL BLOG HERE)

 

Categories General Issues Health and Wellbeing Tags Morton's Neuroma neuroma foot pain toe pain running intermetatarsal nerve

Feb 17, 2013

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

I have just returned from two AMAZING weeks in Hawaii. Now for those of you who know me you will be highly aware that I am not very good at lounging around doing nothing. So yes while I did soak up alot of sun,  my days were also packed full of exploring, walking, running up dormant craters and bike riding.

This proved difficult when halfway through our adventure my travelling partner developed acute foot pain or plantar fasciitis. Most probably the result of too much walking in bad footwear (ie thongs).

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Categories General Issues Tags Plantar Fasciitis foot pain heel pain heel spur overuse