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Pregnancy and Feet

Pregnancy and Feet Leg 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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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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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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Osgood Schlatter ‘s Disease

Osgood Schlatter 's Disease Osgood Schlatter 's disease is a condition that affects the small growth plate that exists at the 'bump' at the very top of the shin bone, directly below the kneecap (patella). The bump is called the tibial tuberosity and it is prominent because the patella tendon attaches to the bone there.  The patella tendon is part of the big muscle group called the Quadriceps on t...
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Raynaud’s Syndrome / Disease / Phenomenon.

Raynaud's Syndrome: Raynaud's syndrome is a  medical condition that causes discoloration of the fingers and toes like that shown in the picture to the right.  It is a 'vasospastic' disease meaning that it occurs when the muscles around the small blood vessels in the tips of the digits go into spasm. This squeezes all of the blood out of the area. The muscle spasm is probably caused by a problem w...
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Tarsal Coalition

Tarsal Coalition also known as Peroneal Spastic Flatfoot  : Calcaneonavicular bar : Talocalcaneal bar What is a Tarsal Coalition ? The term ‘tarsal’ refers to the seven bones in the back half of the foot.  ‘Coalition’ means two becoming one. A tarsal coalition is an abnormal bridge of material that connects two of these foot bones that should be entirely separate from each other with a normal jo...
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