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Category: lower limb complaints
The pitfalls of focusing on Foot Strike

Foot strike is not the be all and end all of efficient running. To think of it another way - specific foot strike is not the CAUSE of efficient running, it is the RESULT of efficient running. Focusing on the following tips will harvest far greater benefit to your running that just focusing on a specific foot strike... | July 28 2017 | Running & Exercise,Active Feet,Lower Limb Complaints

So running boils down to a lot more than just chucking your runners on and putting one foot in front of the other. In this blog I’m going to discuss foot strike – particularly the pitfalls...

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What causes Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)???

So what actually CAUSES heel pain? To put it simply, plantar fasciitis occurs when the continual daily mechanical load on the plantar fascia (main supporting structure of the arch) is greater then what the body can continue to repair. | May 26 2017 | Heel Pain,Lower Limb Complaints,Active Feet,Footwear

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Heel pain is most common in the 40 – 60 year age group. It is so prevalent that ~80% of adults will suffer a bout of heel pain over the c...

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Why a Podiatrist should be on your speed dial when you get HEEL PAIN!

Yes, heel pain is common. But so what, it is still darn painful! Treatment for heel pain is often quite simple. | May 12 2017 | Heel Pain,Lower Limb Complaints,Running & Exercise

Yes, heel pain is common. Your work colleague, your sister - they've probably had it too. But so what!!! Heel pain can be darn PAINFUL! It makes you hobble like an 80 year old and can stop you fr...

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‘Start low & go slow’ – How to begin an exercise regime from scratch

The New Year is a great time to focus on becoming fit and healthy. As a Biomechanical Podiatrist I treat many patients who (due to yucky foot and lower limb pain) have become very inactive for a very long time. Once we have worked together to manage or resolve their pain, they have more energy, a positive head-space and are now ready to embark on some regular exercise. So here’s some advice I will often give to my patients... | January 31 2017 | Running & Exercise,Active Feet,Lower Limb Complaints

The New Year is a great time to focus on becoming fit and healthy. Nobody will dispute that exercise (movement) is good for us. Due to our more sedentary occupations and lifestyles – even the ac...

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FOOT PAIN hindering your New Year Fitness Resolution???

Most people try to kick off the New Year with a healthy, positive goal in mind. 3 things to consider when embarking on a new exercise regime: Footwear is a biggy! Beware of Too Much Too Soon. Address any niggles before you start | January 31 2017 | Running & Exercise,Lower Limb Complaints,Footwear

Most people try to kick off the New Year with a healthy, positive goal in mind. Whether that be regularly walking Castle Hill or training for a half marathon, it’s important to have a plan in pl...

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Persistent HEEL PAIN? Shockwave therapy may be your answer!

Intense Heel Pain getting out of bed in the morning? Heel pain in adults is very common, very complex – yet VERY TREATABLE! At Foundation Podiatry Townsville we utilise the latest treatment options with a personalised approach to make you pain free in the shortest possible time. Shockwave therapy may benefit you. | January 31 2017 | Heel Pain,Lower Limb Complaints

Intense Heel Pain getting out of bed in the morning? Is it just NOT going away? Is your heel pain stopping you from exercising? Ever heard of Shockwave Therapy??? Heel pain is a very common condition ...

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

My mum has bunions, does that mean I will also get them? There are many factors that cause bunions to develop: your foot posture, shape of metatarsal bones and intrinsic muscle strength. There are also external factors which may cause bunions to develop more rapidly such as high heel or pointy-toe footwear and certain occupations. | January 10 2017 | Lower Limb Complaints,Footwear

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 ...

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Why do my shins hurt when I run?

Shin pain 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’. | January 10 2017 | Lower Limb Complaints,Running & Exercise,Footwear

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, b...

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

Having a heel spur does not mean you will have heel pain. 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. | January 10 2017 | Heel Pain,Lower Limb Complaints

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 ...

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

Foot Pain vs Back Pain: Can my feet be causing my back pain? | January 10 2017 | Lower Limb Complaints

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’… an...

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Custom Foot Supports (Orthotics) VERSUS the Chemist jobs

I’ve been told I need Orthotics – will the ones from the chemist do the trick?? Generally, no. Off-the-shelf or non-customised orthotics from the chemist are made for a ‘normal’ foot type. People with a ‘normal’ foot-type generally do not develop foot problems nor need to be worried about their long term foot health. | January 10 2017 | Footwear,Lower Limb Complaints

I’ve been told I need Orthotics – will the ones from the chemist do the trick?? Generally, no. Off-the-shelf or non-customised orthotics from the chemist are made for a 'normal' foot type....

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No more Falls! Balance boosting tips for the Elderly

A common cause of falls is poor mobility, balance, proprioception, and strength in our legs and feet – and this is where our Podiatrists can help you out. At Foundation Podiatry Townsville we appreciate how amazing our feet are and what they are designed to do - and hence have developed our Active Foot Formula | January 9 2017 | Lower Limb Complaints,Active Feet

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisations in people aged 65 years and over. A common and very debilitating injury sustained from a fall is a fracture to the neck of the femur (bro...

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Ohh... It's just another ankle sprain!

A single ankle sprain can lead to long-term clinical problems, particularly ankle instability, persistent pain and ankle stiffness and swelling. These side effects are more likely to occur when the initial ankle sprain is not treated promptly and appropriately. | January 9 2017 | Lower Limb Complaints

As common as an ankle sprain may be – they still need your love and attention! Each and every time you sprain your ankle you are doing some form of damage. Whether that be over-stretching the li...

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