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Why do you get plantar fasciitis?

Why do you get plantar fasciitis?   Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a thing called the plantar fascia in the heel and arch of the feet. There are several risk factors that can play in together to cause damage to the tissue and pain to come on. When some or all of these risk factors come together in just the right (or wrong) mix, you can find you get heel pain today where yest...
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Hallux Limitus – ‘Stiff Big Toe’

Hallux Limitus - 'Stiff Big Toe'  Even though the big toe is only a small part of your body, if it becomes stiff and painful it can make it difficult to walk normlly. Hallux is a term used by podiatrists for the big toe. Hallux limitus is a condition that involves the joint at the base of the big toe, which is called the ‘first metatarsophalangeal’ joint of the foot.Normally, when you ...
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Chilblains

Chilblains   In winter podiatrists see more patients that present with chilblains. This is because chilblains are a medical condition that is due to an abnormal skin reaction to the cold. Chilblains appear on the skin as small itchy patches that are swollen, discoloured and painful. The discolouration may be pink, red, blue or white.Why do chilblains develop?Your extremities are more p...
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Hot or Cold for Pain Relief

Hot or cold?  What is best on an injury?  After an injury, you might want to use an ice pack - or would heat be better.  We will look at the pros and cons of hot vs cold in treating various injuries.Icing Icing involves placing something cold onto the skin to decrease the temperature of muscles, tendons and other tissues in  the area. It is best used for injuries that have just occurre...
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Sports Injury Treatment: RICE

Kids Sports Injury Treatment: RICE   It’s that time of year again to sign your kids up for winter sporting teams. Whether it is soccer, netball, hockey, and the list goes on. During the sporting season the occasional rolled or sprained ankle may occur especially in sports which require a lot of running and change of direction. Therefore it is valuable for parents to be familiar with RICE, an a...
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Lisfranc injury

What is a Lisfranc injury?The foot has two major joints that allow you to walk across uneven surfaces. One of these joints runs crossways across the mid section of the foot, as shown in the diagram. It is where the small block-like bones from the back of the foot join onto the base of the long thin bones that run down to the ground in the ball of the foot.These days, this is mostly referre...
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Iselin’s Disease

What is Iselin's Disease? Pain around the base of the little toe (5th metatarsal) that may radiate down the lateral (outside) of the foot. Commonly a sharp/aching sometimes ‘bruised’ type of pain. This is often associated with localized swelling and redness. Pain typically gets worse with activity occasionally resulting in a ‘limp’.Who gets Iselin's Disease? Common in children between 8-16...
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Fish Pedicure

Fish PedicureIs having a fish pedicure safe?In the last five years, spas around the world have copied the Asian trend of providing tanks of fish to nibble away the dead skin on heels and feet. Pedicures are generally performed by the Garra Rufa breed of fish. These are a small fish, black or dark fawn in colour and usually hundreds of individual fish populate each tank.A research group call...
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Foot Examination / Diagnosis

Foot Examination / diagnosis by a podiatrist.Medicine in general and podiatry specifically have become increasingly high tech in recent years. Personally, I think that, with more technology, we are at risk of forgetting the basic tenets of diagnosis. The physical exam used to involve putting your hands on your patients, testing the range and quality of motion, manual muscle testing for weakn...
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Preventing Fungal infection of Toenails

Preventing fungal infection of toenails & Nail care after laser treatment Fungal spores are a natural part of everyone’s skin flora.  No matter what you do, these bugs are everywhere all the time. However, it is important for the prevention of infection (or re-infection) that you control the numbers of fungi in your environment, even if we can’t remove them all.The main culprits that allow i...
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