Foot Conditions

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Prevention of Achilles Injuries

Anatomy of the Achilles Tendon The Achilles tendon is one of the largest and strongest tendons in the human body, and can tolerate loads greater than our own body weight.  The Achilles tendon is a continuation of two muscles known as the ‘Calf’ muscle which is comprised of the Gastrocnemius and Soleus.  The Achilles tendon …

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Pregnancy and Your Feet

How Does Pregnancy Affect Your Feet? Pregnancy triggers many different changes in a woman’s body.  What happens is that during pregnancy there is an increased release of a hormone within the body called relaxin. Relaxin is important in preparing the body for childbirth and is responsible for relaxing the ligaments.  However, this hormone has an affect …

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Prevent Your Child From W-Sitting

Is Your Child Sitting in a W-sitting Position? W-sitting is when the pelvis is lowered to the floor between the legs, knees bent with the feet behind. There are many reasons why this sitting position should be changed. If this is the main position used then the muscle and soft tissues may tighten around this …

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Replacing Your Children’s Shoes

Replacing your children’s shoes With kids being so active and the rush to get back to school it is easy to forget to check the quality of your child’s shoes. Their feet may have grown right to the end of their shoes before replacement, or they may have worn out the integrity in the shoes. …

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Running Form – is it Important?

Why Consider Running Form? Everyone has their own running style that differs from others due to many different factors. However, there are few situations where you should actually change your running technique. A good running technique will simulate better muscle recruitment and motor patterning. This will help improve your running efficiency and reduce the risk …

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Tingling Toes – Causes and Treatment

What causes tingling toes? Have you ever experienced tingling toes? Tingling in the toes is a common condition people experience during exercise and even wearing day-to-day shoes. This tingling sensation often occurs from compression against a nerve which can be a result of tight fitting footwear or increased swelling in the foot and ankle. There …

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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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Tinea Pedis – Athlete’s Foot

Tinea of the foot (or Athlete’s Foot) is a fungal infection caused by dermatophytes that can occur on different parts of the foot. It typically manifests as moist, itchy, peeling skin in between the toes. Tinea is most common among young adults and those who regularly visit communal facilities such as swimming pools and change …

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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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Mortons Neuroma – Pain in the forefoot

Forefoot pain is another regular complaint seen at Dynamic Podiatry. Pain in the forefoot area can indicate a number of conditions including bursitis, a metatarsal head fracture, a plantar plate tear, and more commonly, a Morton’s Neuroma. A Morton’s Neuroma is the name given to a plantar (bottom of foot) inter-metatarsal (between long bones in …

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How Can I Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain.  It’s that stabbing, cripplingly sharp pain in the bottom of your heel that causes you to hobble when you get up in the morning. Normally after a few minutes the pain will subside only to return with a vengeance later in …

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This is How We Solve Your Ingrown Toenail Pain [Updated 2019]

Ingrown Toenails are a Real Pain! Here at Dynamic Podiatry we see hundreds of ingrown toenails each year. Many people are scared to get them seen to because they are worried about the pain. But I’m going to show you how we have the special tools and the experience to relieve your ingrown toenail quickly …

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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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Shin Splints – Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

What are Shin Splints (MTSS)? Shin splints, the common term for the diagnosis of this condition is characterised by pain along the medial (sometimes lateral) border of the lower 1/3 of the long bone in the leg (Tibia). What Causes Shin Splints? A commonly accepted theory of the cause of MTSS is: “…an overuse injury or …

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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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