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Achilles pain – Tendonosis or tendonitis?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From the physio couch – Achilles Tendonosis  In the clinic we tend to see Achilles problems on a regular basis. Quite often people are coming to us after many months of pain despite various treatments and interventions.  This week I (Dan) was interviewed for an online website one of the topics discussed was Achilles Tendonosis. With the marathon season upon us I thought I would share the transcript with you. 1. What is the Achilles Tendon and what does it do? The Achilles tendon essentially connects the calf muscles Gastrocneimus and Soleus to the heel bone. When the calf muscles contract the tendon points the foot down and pushes the heel and foot off the ground.  A good example of this occurs when we stand on our tip toes. 2. What is Achilles Tendonosis? A chronic (long standing) condition...

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Plantar fasciitis and heel pain

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A pain in the heel! Policeman’s heel or plantar fasciitis are the two most common names used for pain located in the heel. There are however several different causes of this condition that affects many of us through our life time. The most common is inflammation and subsequent wearing of the plantar fascia (a band of strong soft tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes) attachment to the heel bone, initially this is referred to as plantar fasciitis but with subsequent degeneration becomes plantar fasciosis. The second most common cause is inflammation of the bursa that covers the heel. This small sac of fluid can become swollen and painful and mimic plantar fasciitis. Other causes of heel pain include nerve irritation, osteoarthritis of the above ankle joints, severs disease and stress fractures. Ian Griffiths (Podiatrist) and Sharon Mumford...

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Amazing back facts

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spinal Advice: Interesting back facts The Spine is an amazing piece of kit! While supporting our head and providing an upright posture it also protects the spinal cord that carries nerves that serve our body. It also provides attachments for muscles and ribs and acts like a shock absorber when we sit down, run, jump and walk. If you watched the Olympics this year will have at some point been amazed by the movements and positions the athletes manoeuvred themselves into – without our spines we would not have been able to do this! Here are some interesting back facts. Going under the knife- In only 2% of cases where people have back pain, is surgery necessary. Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and doctors can often sort out backaches. Surgery is sometimes necessary when back pain is relentless or the patient is experiencing...

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Olympic Podiatrist

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

An honour and a privilege! Two years ago while having lunch in our staff room my colleague and Podiatrist Ian Griffiths casually said” I am thinking of volunteering to work at the London Olympic Games”. After coming through a stringent interview process he was selected ahead of some other very experienced candidates. Last week and 2 years on I caught up with him to find out what it was like. How did you get selected to work at the Olympics? It was a fairly long process, with the initial application form being completed and submitted back in 2010. Then I had to attend an interview held at the Excel centre in 2011. I found out I had been successful (one of 10 podiatrists chosen from all applicants) and had 3 full days of mandatory training to attend throughout the...

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Acromio-Clavicular Joint Pain

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Common Complaints: Acromio-Clavicular Joint Pain It seems this damp weather has led to a larger number of people coming into the clinic with pain on the point of the shoulder – this is often caused by an injury to the Acromio-Clavicular joint (AC joint) – here is some handy information on this common problem. Pain originating from the AC joint (the joint at the end of the collarbone – on top of the shoulder) is usually well localized and the client will often place one finger directly over the AC joint when asked to indicate the most painful area. There is usually discomfort with humerus and scapula movement, particularly movements where the arm is brought across the body into a horizontally flexed position. Uncomfortable exercises in the gym may include bench press (particularly wide grip bench), dips and push ups. The person often...

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