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Are You Fit To Run?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Sports Injury | 0 comments

Have you taken up walking or running as part of a new years resolution? Or maybe you are competing in a marathon this year? In the lead up to the various marathons taking place this year many thousands will develop a lower injury as a consequence of extra walking or running. Walking aside, running doesn’t come naturally to most people and in our opinion only 5% of runners have the perfect “body set up” and are unlikely to suffer with injury. So what causes lower limb injury? Poor biomechanics Incorrect training Increasing distance or frequency of training too rapidly Inappropriate footwear Trauma – ankle sprains etc.. In this article we are going to look at how we can observe, analyse  and correct faulty biomechanics that contribute to the onset of injury. Biomechanics refers to how the body functions from a mechanical point of view....

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5 reasons massage is not just about pampering yourself!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Sports Injury | 0 comments

Massage helps to: 1.Relieve Pain – stiff tight muscles can lead to pain 2.Promote Better Sleep– reduce tension, improve relaxation and affect the hormones that help us drift off to sleep. 3.Relieve Mild Depression – stress increases our level of cortisol, this hormone affects our mood. Massage reduces tension and stress and has the potential to rebalance our hormone levels. 4.Reduce Post Exercise Soreness – Massage helps to flush away the build up of lactic acid and other metabolites that cause post exercise soreness. 5.Improve Circulation – Massage improves circulation and lymph drainage. In addition to these 5 benefits we use massage to loosen up the stiff bits in your body that limit your movement and cause you to compensate with with movement elsewhere. It is these compensations that cause pain. So it works great with your physio treatment too! Want to know more? Please see...

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Gareth Bale’s Ankle Sprain

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Sports Injury | 0 comments

Gareth Bale’s Ankle Sprain I am sure many of you would have heard about or seen Gareth Bales ankle injury, if not follow this link to our Facebook page to see it . Gareth rolled over on his ankle last week and from the video/photo his ankle appears to be at right angles to his leg – ouch! Now most ankles have approximately 30-50 degrees into this direction (inversion) certainly not 90 degrees so how is it that he is scheduled to return to playing football in 2 weeks?   Before I explain how, it’s important to understand a little more about the ankle. The bottom of the tibia (shin bone) and fibular bone form a mortise for the talus bone to sit into (a mortise is essentially a hole designed to receive a corresponding projection – the talus)....

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Trainer Trouble…

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Sports Injury | 1 comment

Trainer trouble! I wanted to share a patient story with you that is quite common around this time of year.  Clive came to see us at the clinic a few weeks back he had been training for the Virgin London Marathon and had developed shin pain (shin splints or as now called Medial tibial stress syndrome). He had attended the marathon exhibition the week before and after undergoing a video gait analysis by a well known sports company was advised that he had over pronation and was to ditch his Mizunos trainers and buy their product (and get a second pair for free!). There was no repeat video in his sparkling new trainers instead he was sent on his way a few pounds lighter after being told they would fix his problem. On attending our clinic he felt the...

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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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