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Sep 14, 2014

Are you 'running into problems'?

Iliotibial band (ITB) Friction syndrome is one of the most common causes of lateral (outside) knee pain that we see, especially in runners. It’s also probably one of the most frustrating problems both for myself and for the patient. It is largely an overuse injury due to the repetitive nature of activities such as running. It often starts out as a little ‘niggle’ however gradually worsens & worsens until it quite literally will stop you in your tracks.

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Categories General Issues Knee Tags knee pain ITB running overuse ITB friction syndrome physiotherapy massage exercise

Aug 13, 2014

Dealing with stubborn tendon problems

Treating and managing ‘tendon’ problems one of the most frustrating group of injuries I encounter, mainly because their recovery often has no time frame, it’s never linear, instead they tend to be a 2 steps forward one step back kind of problem. If it’s frustrating for me, I can only imagine how my patients must feel.

Why?

The answer isn’t black & white (it never is in medicine). There are however a few anatomical and physiological factors that can help explain why tendon problems can be stubborn as all hell.

I’ll quickly given you a little anatomical insight as to what a tendon actually is, and no a tendon is not a ligament (I do kind of understand why people get this concept confused). Tendons are thin fibrous bands which connect a muscle to a bone. Their function is to transmit forces, essentially providing stability with no real ‘active’ work. Not all tendons function the same. Some are positional purely assisting with controlling the position of the joint (fingers) while some can actually store energy & work as springs to assist with basic movements of the body such as walking.

Tendon dysfunction is usually a result of overuse due to repetitive stress being placed through one particular area of the body. Common sites include the Achilles, the patella tendon, the rotator cuff, tennis elbow & the hamstring tendon.

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Categories Exercise & fitness General Issues Health and Wellbeing Tags tendonitis tendinosis physiotherapy inflammation overuse pain running degenerative Eastsports Physiotherapy management rest

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