Foot Pain vs Back Pain: Can my feet be causing my back pain?

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Foot pain vs back pain – chicken or the egg? Remember the children’s rhyme ‘your ankle bone is connected to your shin bone, your shin bone is connected to your thigh bone’… and so and so on up the chain. Your body is linked like a kinetic chain, with your feet being the FOUNDATION for the rest of your body. …

A young little girl preparing to walk to school

BACK TO SCHOOL – how to avoid those ‘Growing Pains’

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After 6 weeks of being foot loose and fancy free, many children often struggle going back to school. Heavy backpacks, new over-sized uniforms and enclosed shoes for the first time in 6 weeks! Especially for the younger child starting school for the first time – it is a significant sensory and motor over-load and a huge adjustment to what they are …

Pain in the foot. Massage of female feet. Pedicures. Isolated on white background.

I have heel pain – I must have a heel spur!

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Very common statement this one. Heel pain is the most common condition treated in our Townsville Podiatry Clinic. The most common cause of heel pain in adults is Plantar Fasciitis, however there are many other causes of heel pain. Having a heel spur does not mean you will have heel pain.  If we x-rayed the whole adult population, I would suspect …

Marathon runners

How often should I replace my runners?

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Most runners wait far too long before replacing their runners and risk overuse injuries as a result. Generally running shoes should last between 600 and 1000 kilometres, although this depends on your body weight, how often and far you run, the terrain you run on and your running style. Heavy runners who pound the ground every day over long distances …

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Why do my shins hurt when I run?

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This is a common complaint seen in my Townsville Podiatry clinic. Shin pain can be very frustrating, especially when you are just getting into an exercise regime. There are many causes of shin pain, but I think the most common cause is ‘too much too soon’. Patients will often get shin pain at the start of a footy season or …

Cracked toe and bunion deformity in white backgrouynd. Copy space

My mum has bunions, does that mean I will also get them?

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Bunions occur more commonly in females than males and sometimes do run in families. We are at the mercy of our genes, so the same forces that caused your mother or father’s bunions are possibly at work for you too. It is important to note however – the bunion itself is not inherited – but the foot structure that causes …