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Fat Pad Heel Injury

Fat Pad Heel Injury: Discussion, symptoms and treatment. One of the main roles of the heel fat pad is to smooth the effects of loading the body weight onto the foot. Just like the crumple zone in a modern car, the longer the collision takes, the less the forces are.  This is true of a car taking a longer time to 'crumple' to a stop against a solid object, and for your body weight to stop its trav...
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Importance of an Orthotic Review

Orthotics work by correcting the structural alignment of the feet and legs, this reduces excess strain on particular structures (joints, ligaments, muscles) that may be causing you pain. Orthotic devices ensure that while you are walking or running the right muscles are being activated at the right time. This ensures you move efficiently without overworking anything. In this Info sheet we will dis...
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Tinea of the Foot

What is Tinea Pedis?Tinea is a contagious fungal infection of the skin. Tinea pedis refers to the fungal infection being present on the feet. This fungus can affect other areas of the body such as the groin, scalp and underneath the breasts. As with all fungi, tinea needs warm, moist areas to live. This explains why the fungus commonly affects the hot, dark, clammy areas of the body.How is Ti...
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Why do feet hurt in thongs?

Why do feet hurt in thongs?Thongs:  If you are reading this, you are probably wondering why your feet hurt in thongs?  Let us tell you why and give you the best alternative options.If you are unsure of what thongs are, they are a sandal-like shoe with a thin rubber sole and a V-shaped strap that goes from in between the toes to either side of the foot. Also known by other names like flip-flops...
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Sesamoiditis of the foot

Treatment of sesamoiditis  Understanding Sesamoiditis:  Most of the bones found in the body are connected to each other through joints. Some bones exist only within tendons or muscles and have no direct tethering to another bone. These types of bones are known as sesamoids. Examples of other sesamoid bones in the body include the kneecap and the shoulder blade.  Sesamoid bones funct...
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Feet & Falls Prevention in Older People

Falls prevention in older people should be a priority for everyone. It is Australia’s leading cause of disability due to injury. A simple fall can lead to a broken hip, shoulder or wrist – any of which can cause big changes in your life, or the life of a family member. Podiatrists play an important role in working to prevent falls. This Info Sheet will explain how we can help to keep you and your ...
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Backward Foot Surgery

Backward Foot Surgery  Backward foot surgery is an option used when limb salvage is no longer viable and an amputation is necessary. This type of surgery is also known as rotationplasty. It is mainly used in younger patients with bone cancer who need a portion of the thigh bone (femur) removed due to a tumour.  The lower leg is able to be attached to below the site of femur amputation. Wh...
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Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the foot: What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects mostly the smaller joints in the body – so especially the hands and feet. The term autoimmune disease means that your body attacks some of its own tissue as if it were a foreign invader.  It is thought to have some genetic factors and some environmental factors, particularly ...
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Pregnancy and Feet

Pregnancy and FeetLeg and foot pain is experienced by many women during pregnancy, especially during the last trimester when your baby bump is getting bigger. The most common issues associated with leg and foot pain include plantar fasciitis (heel or arch pain), swelling, varicose veins and cramping.  Plantar fasciitis  Pregnant women often experience heel and arch pain, which is kn...
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Running Shoes

How to choose the best running shoe?WHERE TO BUY: If you are reading this, you have probably been disappointed with your shoe choices in the past. Before you make your next purchase, here are some things to think about to get the best from your new purchase. There can be a huge difference between the stock, knowledge, helpfulness and profit margins between stores.  Specialist running shoe shops...
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