Foot Conditions

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Bunions

“My Grandmother had these big bumps on her feet and now I’m worried I’ll get them too!” If this commonly-used phrase applies to you, then it sounds like you’re worried about Bunions (or as Podiatrists like to call it – Hallux Abducto Valgus). To put it simply, Bunions are bony lumps that form at the …

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Achilles Tendinitis

Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis Achilles Tendinitis is characterised by inflammation and pain in the achilles tendon.  It is also referred to as Achilles Tendinopathy, which covers both inflammation, and overuse resulting in micro tears. Achilles Tendinitis is an overuse injury, and can have a sudden, or insidious onset.  In most cases, the tendon will be breaking down …

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Diabetic Foot Complications and How You Can Prevent Them

The relationship between Diabetes and foot health Foot ulcers are the main concern with the diabetic foot. But these wounds do not come about from nothing. There are in fact multiple pathological processes occurring simultaneously. Most of them are caused by the high blood glucose levels that are associated with diabetes. Peripheral Neuropathy This can …

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Sever’s heel pain in children

Sever’s or calcaneal tractional apophysitis as it is correctly called is a very common condition particularly in young athletes. It can be a very painful and debilitating condition as it will regularly prevent children from participating in their favourite activities: whether that be football, netball, basketball, dancing, martial arts, or any other sports or physical …

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Stress Fracture

What is a Stress Fracture? Stress fractures are very small cracks in bones.  They are quite common in feet and may be the result of an overuse injury to the bone or can happen to a weakened bone resulting from conditions such as osteoporosis. Metatarsal and navicular stress fracture are the most common types of foot stress fractures.  They occur …

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Osteoarthritis in the Lower Limb

Osteoarthritis (or arthritis) is a degenerative joint disease that is characterised by pain and stiffness in one or multiple joints in the body.  In the lower limb, it most commonly affects the hips, knees, and joint of the foot. Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis The hallmark sign of osteoarthritis is degeneration of articular cartilage (the protective tissue …

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Ankle Sprains

What is an Ankle Sprain? Ankle sprains are arguably the most frequent sporting injury. They can indicate damage to multiple structures of the ankle including ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone. The mechanism of injury is usually an inversion sprain (foot rolled out), and it is likely that the same ankle will be sprained multiple times. …

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Flat Foot

‘Flat Feet’ is an umbrella term, referring to a foot with a lowered arch. There are many categories that stem from this, and a lowered arch is not necessarily the only manifestation. It is also known as having a Pes Planus foot type (Opposite to Pes Cavus meaning high arched). What does a Flat Foot Look Like? The signs …

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