Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis. Part 2 – Help me Diagnose the Pain.

Diagnosing heel pain is not that simple even for the medical practitioners as a lot tiny soft tissue structures are located in the area. So “googling” and self-diagnosing can be very risky and lead you to many ineffective internet purchases. Although I do not advocate self-diagnosis, I do want to support and assist many of those…

Your Calf Muscles; Overused and Under-Loved. The Importance of Regular Calf Stretching

Calf muscle tightness is a problem. Whether patients are able to appreciate the effect of tight calves or not, they most certainly can feel them. The clinical reality is that some patients who present to a podiatry clinic complaining of musculoskeletal pains often show very clear signs of calf muscle tightness. Very few however, are…

What is Radial Shockwave Therapy

What is ShockWave Therapy? Shockwave therapy (SWT) is an innovative, safe, and effective method to treat musculoskeletal pathologies. The term “Shockwave therapy” refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave within the human body. The Swiss DolorCast machine creates these shockwaves/pressure pulses by producing acoustic wave energy which is delivered via the hand…

How to Treat an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains is an injury that often occurs when the ligaments connecting the bones of the foot and ankle either stretch or tear (partially or completely). This type of injury is often associated with athletes that are involved in side to side motions such as quick changes in direction or speed. People who suffer such…

Childrens Heel Pain and Sever’s Disease

Pain and discomfort in the younger population is often times associated with body changes and development. A lot of this pain is often dismissed by parents and guardians as ‘growing pains’ that passes as the child develops. Heel pain is particularly common in active kids. Sever’s disease (also known as calcaneal apophysitis) is a commonly…

How to treat Shin Splints

What is it ? Shin splints are common among runners and individuals who participate in any activity which involves running. This overuse injury usually develops gradually over a period of weeks to months but may occur after a single, excessive bout of exercise. Individuals typically complain of pain in one of two locations: the lower…

Which Running Shoe to Buy?

It can be a very confusing and over-whelming experience trying to shop for a running shoe. Its great that running shoe companies are offering such a wide range of shoes with technical features, but in-turn this has left the public feeling even more confused as to what shoe they should get. We hear your struggles…

Are you wearing the right shoes for Crossfit ?

CrossFit is a fitness phenomenon that has taken the athletic community by storm. It is a regimen of constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensities within a communal environment.1 CrossFit incorporates a variety of exercises into daily workout routines. These exercises include biking, swimming, rowing, gymnastics and plyometrics to name a few.

Treatment of Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

What is Plantar Fasciitis? In the running community, plantar fasciitis is the primary cause of pain in the heel and affects as much as 10% of runners. As you run, the Achilles tendon works with plantar fascia (a thick band at the bottom of your feet) to help store energy. Due to its strong attachment…