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Foot Pain

20 May Commonly injured structures in the foot from running #3 Peripheral Nerves

The peripheral nervous system includes all neural structures outside the brain and spinal cord.  They include sensory receptors, peripheral nerves and their associated ganglion, and efferent motor endings.1  Sensory receptors are specialised to respond to changes in their environment, which are called stimuli.1  These sensory receptors are linked to nerves whose stimulus triggers...

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treatment severs disease

19 Mar Sever’s Disease Management and Treatment

Following on from the last blog which outlined what Sever’s disease is and the contributing factors, this week’s blog looks at common management and treatment for this often stubborn condition. Please keep in mind this general advice and it is best to get in to see...

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Sever’s Disease A common back to school condition

01 Mar Children’s heel pain – Sever’s Disease – A common back to school condition

This is a timely blog given February/March is when GPs, Podiatrists and Physiotherapists see an influx of children suffering from heel pain most commonly diagnosed as Sever’s disease. The factors of returning to school, potentially having to be on feet more compared to when on holidays...

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12 Feb Key Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis and Plantar Heel Pain in Runners

Following on from last week where the condition was described and risk factors outlined, this week we are looking at the treatment options for plantar fasciitis in runners.  Please keep in mind this advice does not supplement getting in and seeing a practitioner face to...

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7 Common Running Foot Health Mistakes that Runners make

26 Nov 7 Common Running Foot Health Mistakes that Runners make

1. Not understanding your foot type It is important to understand your foot type so that you know which of your foot structures may have the potential for overload while running.  This can then help you focus on addressing areas of most importance in terms of...

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What is a Tarsal Coalition and how can it affect a Runner’s foot

23 Oct What is a Tarsal Coalition and how can it affect a Runner’s foot?

A tarsal coalition is where two or more bones within the mid-foot and/or rear-foot are joined together.  The connection can be either osseous (bone), cartilaginous or fibrous. 90% of tarsal coalitions are either talocalcaneal (intra-articular) or calcaneonavicular (extra-articular) (Franson & Baravarian, 2004).  They can cause pain,...

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