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Shoes for plantar fasciitis

As podiatrists, a very common question we are asked is “what shoes should I wear to help my plantar fasciitis?”. We will talk about shoe selection in a moment but it is important to note that shoes alone aren’t the answer to the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Understanding why plantar fasciitis occurs is the first step in understanding what features to look for in a shoe. The plantar...
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Neural prolotherapy

This information relates to prolotherapy for irritated nerves. You can find information related to prolotherapy for ligaments, tendons and joints here.Premise:  An injury of some sort damages a tissue and following this, the nerves that supplies the damaged tissue becomes irritated.  This irritation can continue long after the original injury has settled and can affect the nerve higher or ...
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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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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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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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Getting Your Feet Ready for Summer Sandals and Footwear

After having your feet hidden away in winter shoes/boots it can be a scary when it comes time for summer sandals. Lack of sunshine as well as ill-fitting winter footwear causes friction which leads to unsightly corns and callous'. Closed in shoes also don't allow the foot to 'breath' properly. This creates the perfect environment for bacteria and fungus to flourish. The effects of this can be as m...
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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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