6 Rules of Pain

Everyone experiences physical pain at some point in time. Although unwelcomed, pain is an extremely important bodily function vital to our health. There are several misconceptions regarding pain and what it actually means. Here are 6 rules of pain.   Pain is an output of the brain. Although we experience the feeling of pain in […]

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Heel Pain

There is a common misconception that heel spurs are the cause of pain, but in fact, many people live day to day with spurs and have no symptoms relating to them. Generally, both the pain and the growth of the spur are related to irritation of the plantar fascia. For most patients, plantar fasciopathy is […]

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Warts vs Corns

WARTS VS CORNS: Can you tell the difference?  On a daily basis our clinic treats many patients with painful lesions on their feet. Two of the most common are warts and corns. Although similar in appearance to the untrained eye, their treatments differ significantly and a correct diagnosis is essential to achieve optimum resolution. WARTS […]

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Children’s Heel Pain (Sever’s Disease)

What is Sever’s disease? Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis) is the most common cause of heel pain in children, particularly in physically active adolescents who are about to begin puberty. Sever’s disease is a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate, which is located in the lower back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon (the heel cord that […]

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Plantar Plate (Ball of Foot) Pain

WHAT TO LOOK FOR? Injury to the plantar plate usually presents with symptoms such as forefoot pain, swelling, heat, redness, a sensation of “walking on a marble” or “walking on the bones of the ball of your foot.” An obvious plantar plate injury can be seen when one of the smaller toes appears to be […]

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Netball Shoes vs Traditional Runners

NETBALL Vs. TRADITIONAL RUNNERS Netball is a high impact sport that often requires short sharp bursts of agile movements. Whilst running shoes are soft and cushioned, they lack the ability to control side to side movement and pose a risk of lower limb injuries as they best work for forwards-backwards motion. The thick rubber sole […]

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Foot Care for Diabetics

Diabetic affected feet can present with altered sensation and a reduction in blood circulation. As a result, cuts, wounds, blisters, and other foot lesions, may not be causing any pain and you may inaccurately determine hot-cold temperatures. Additionally, a reduction in blood flow can delay healing. When poorly managed, the infection may develop and the […]

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Achilles Tendinopathy

For many of us, injuries tend to come on after being overworked throughout the Winter Sports season, with our bodies taking the toll for this increased exercise load and both new and niggling injuries coming into play.The next thing you know you are struggling to walk come Monday morning. Often practitioners will have patients presenting […]

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Lets Talk Bunions

What are Bunions?A common misconception most people have is that a ‘Bunion’ is a growth on the big toe, but in reality, a bunion is just one sign of a complex underlying structural deformity that can result in pain. Medically, bunions are known as ‘Hallux Abducto Valgus’, which simply means that the big toe (hallux) […]

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Severs Disease

Does your child complain of heel pain? Are they withdrawing from activity? Coming into the middle of the sporting season practitioners often see children presenting with “heel pain” and most of the time this heel pain is Sever’s Disease! What is Sever’s disease? Sever’s is a common painful inflammation of the growth plate which the […]

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Common Injury – Sprained Ankles

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see as physios. With the start of winter approaching, we see netballers, basketballs, soccer players and footballers all coming in with ankle injuries. The uneven grass tracks and fields and agility involved in these sports provide the perfect conditions for a common ankle sprain. The […]

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Onychocryptosis

Onychocryptosis, more commonly known as an ingrown nail, is one of the most common complaints we see as Podiatrists. Signs and symptoms of an ingrown nail include: Pain or tenderness of the affected side Redness Inflammation Causes: Incorrect cutting of nails A good general rule to follow is to cut straight across the top of […]

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Morton’s neuroma

Do you ever feel like you’re walking on a rock in your shoes? Or do you have that constant feeling of your socks being scrunched up when they aren’t? In between the spaces of the metatarsals in the foot, there are a series of nerves that innervate the toes. Each nerve is surrounded by a […]

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