Heel Pain

30
Jul

Tarsal Coalition

Tarsal Coalitions are a rare cause of pain in a childs’ foot. They result from a failure of the body to achieve normal skeleton growth. The cause begins in-utero when the foot of the foetus is developing. The cells do not divide properly and a “fusion” occurs. Coalitions can be between 2 or more of any of the bones of the

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24
Jun

Severs Disease

Severs Disease is a Paediatric condition of the heel. It occurs while the maturing skeleton moves from a cartilage growth centre to bone. The growth plate is essentially made up of cartilage which is like the tip of your nose. It is soft and bendable. As the heel is converted to bone it hardens becoming rigid and non flexible. If

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21
Feb

Adult Aquired Flatfoot – Tibialis Posterior Tendon Dysfunction

Flatfoot is a common problem in both children and adults. However in adults the problem is usually caused by a tendon. The Tibialis Posterior muscle is the deepest muscle in the calf complex. It plays a major role in the stability of the foot and in holding the arch up. The tendon of this muscle travels down the leg behind

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11
Oct

Heel Spurs

A Spur is a bony growth that occurs due to excessive pulling of the tendon on the bone. In the case of Heel Spurs, the vast majority of spurs are asymptomatic or pain free. The cause of your pain is usually created from the excessive pulling of the tendon or Fascia that is inserting into the bone. This creates a

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11
Oct

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of adult heel pain. The Plantar Fascia is a thick fibrous band of tissue that runs from the medial Calcaneal Tubercle (Centre of the heel) to the base of the proximal phalanx/1st metatarsal (Big toe joint). With lesser bands across the other toes. Pain is often a result of poor mechanics (The way

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4
Oct

Chronic Ankle Instability

Ligaments have Mechanoreceptors built into them (Little sensors that tell our body how stretched a ligament is). These receptors are responsible for helping our brain tell the position of our foot in space. Think of when you think there is an extra step on the stairs, your brain has positioned your foot ready to land and take the step without

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16
Jul

Callus / Cracked Heels

Callus or hard and thickened skin, is often a result of the bodies efforts to protect an area from pressure or rubbing. This is usually a result of poor footwear or problems in the way you walk. Callus’ hard quality is due to a higher concentration of the protein keratin (That’s the one that makes your hair and nails strong)

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16
Jul

Warts

Warts are a contagious skin lesion caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are several different strains of HPV, each with different areas of the body they affect. The strains that cause Warts or Verrucae’s being benign. Contracting a Wart is surprisingly easy, all it takes is a break/scratch in the skin. The wart virus is very resistant and can

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16
Jul

Bursitis

A Bursa is a fluid filled sac that usually sits between a tendon and a bone to help the tendon slide and glide over a bone without damage. Bursa can become inflammed for a variety of reasons including: Compression, Irritaiton, Sudden changes of activity, and pregnancy. When the Bursa becomes inflammed and irritated there is an increase in the size

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16
Jul

Stress Fractures

Did you know there are 26 bones in your foot? Together both your feet account for 1/4 of the bones in your body. Bones, contrary to popular belief, are very much alive and are constantly changing. If we do more activity they get thicker and stronger, less so the less we do. Because of this dynamic remodelling of the bone,

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