Foot and Ankle

10 things you should know about Shin Splints

Shin splints is a one of the more complicated pathologies that Physiotherapists treat in their clinics. Here are 10 simplified points to make things easier for you to understand 1) In the medical world, Shin splints is now better known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and has been reported to account for 12-18% of…

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5 TOP TIPS for treating Planter Fasciitis

Those runners who have suffered from Planter Fasciitis know how debilitating the condition can be. That nagging pain in your heel and arch with every step you take. Excruciating in the morning. And just when you think its getting better, it flares up again. Worst of all, you cant run! Fortunately, its not all doom and…

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Footstrike: does it really matter?

Nowadays everybody in the running community is talking about footstrike with the big question being: can a change in footstrike result in a decreased risk of injury or even more- help to cure injuries!!? Footstrike explained Footstrike is the first contact that the foot makes with the ground which each stride. Runners have been classified…

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Dispelling the pronation myth

How many of you runners out there have been labeled with a foot type? Perhaps you have been told you are a pronator or even worse, an overpronator!!? How many of you have been assigned with special shoes in order to control this “excessive” and “dangerous” movement? And what if you don’t have the right shoes?…

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Achilles Tendinopathy- what is it and how to treat it

One of the most common injuries in runners is that of the Achilles Tendon. In fact, according to an article by Maffulli et al, 2004, the rate of Achilles Tendon injuries in runners is 10 times that in age matched controls. Achilles problems in cyclists also exist, and although less researched, can often be brought on…

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Acute Injury Management

An acute injury is often defined as a sudden injury that has occurred as a result of a traumatic event. For example, imagine the situation:  You wake up and it’s a beautiful day! In your eagerness to get outside, you run down the stairs, trip on the last one and land on the outside of…

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Planter Fasciitis- a quick explanation for patients

The planter fascia (Figure 1) is a thick band of connective tissue which starts from the heel bone and extends along the foot to the 5 toes. The planter fascia has a number of roles, the most important of which is to support the arch of the foot. Planter Fasciitis was once thought to be…

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