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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Why does the outside of my knee hurt? The iliotibial band (ITB) is a continuation of the tendon portion of the tensor fascia lata (TFL) muscle, with some contribution from the gluteal muscles. Iliotibial band syndrome is a common injury affecting the lateral (outside) of the knee. This is an overuse injury caused by repetitive friction of the ITB over the lateral femoral epicondyle (a bony prominence in the outside of your knee). The ITB moves anterior (forward) to the...

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Common Running Injuries

 COMMON RUNNING INJURIES, THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS, AND HOW DARWIN PODIATRY CAN HELP YOU: Running injuries typically occur from the interaction of numerous contributing factors. When training loads exceed the body’s physical capacity to handle it for a prolonged period, a running injury can occur. LOAD vs CAPACITY TO HANDLE LOAD over a prolonged period of TIME = the result of an INJURY LOAD is the total amount of physical work completed (external load) and the body’s physiological and perceived response to it...

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Ingrown toenail

Ingrowing Toenails

What is an Ingrowing Toenail? An ingrowing toenail occurs when the edge of the nail impacts into the skin surrounding the nail. This skin is called the sulcus. There are numerous reasons why an ingrowing nail might occur: TRAUMA: bumping, knocking, or damaging the nail at the nail plate where the nail originates form can cause changes to the way the nail regrows. The nail may regrow thicker, or it may regrow a different shape. Often, a traumatized nail will grow...

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Laser Therapy

The Benefits of Laser Therapy

What is Laser Therapy? Laser Therapy incorporates technology known as photobiomodulation that penetrates deeply into the tissues to treat an array of musculoskeletal and pain conditions. Photobiomodulation was previously known as Low Level Laser Therapy.  Low Level Laser Therapy has been well researched, and clinical applications have been documented for many years reporting benefits in reducing acute/chronic pain and accelerating tissue repair. Darwin Podiatry use a laser machine called the K-Laser. K-Laser technology is a powerful laser that applies red and near...

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Shockwave Therepy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

What is Shockwave therapy? A shockwave is a sonic pulse wave that transmits energy into areas of pain – such as soft tissue injuries with acute or chronic conditions. The wave of energy promotes cell regeneration and begins the repairing process of the tendons, muscles, and other tissues within the area. The shockwave is created using compressed air, which hits the metal applicator – this produces pressure waves which travel into the tissue.   Medical Effects of Shockwave Therapy: Use of shockwave therapy...

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What are Shin Splints?

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome Shin splints is the umbrella term to cover a variety of pathologies that affect the shin bone (the tibia). Nearby tendons and connective tissue can cause shin related pains, but the medical terminology for shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome. Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is a common injury specific to those who exercise. It occurs due to excessive muscular traction of the tibial periostium by the calf muscles (tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum longus and...

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What Causes Heel Pain?

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It usually involves pain at the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel bone (1). This fascia naturally stretches during standing and walking. The fascia can only stretch so far, but if the tension continues to increase within the fascia, it stiffens. (3) Under normal circumstances, the plantar fascia acts like a shock absorber for your foot, but, if the tension on the plantar fascia exceeds the limits of...

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Foot Surgery

Ankle Injury Prevention

There are many ways to injure an ankle, but the most common is an ankle sprain. With many injuries focus tends to be on cure rather than prevention. Here are some ways you can help prevent or reduce the risk of ankle injury:   Strengthen Your Ankles: Building up ankle strength helps to prevent ankle injuries by increasing the amount of load the ankle can take before injury. Activities called proprioception help to build ankle stability and strength. Proprioception is the act...

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Lateral Ankle Sprains

The ligaments surrounding the ankle joints provide passive stability, limiting range of movement to provide the necessary stability required. The ligaments run from bone to bone. Injury to the lateral ankle is usually a combination of plantar flexion (toes pointed) with inversion (foot rolling inwards). Damage occurs when the force applied to the ligaments exceeds their ability to absorb and withstand the force – thus resulting in tissue damage. Ankle sprains are graded from 1-3 depending on how much damage...

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What Do Sore, Tight Calves Mean?

Sore, Tight Calves- Causes and Treatment Calf pain is a common occurrence for athletes, especially in the older runner. Patients may often describe their calves as ‘tight’ or ‘stiff’, and may / may not have previous history of a calf injury. A common presentation to Darwin Podiatry is when the patient describes a tightness that develops with prolonged running and often gets wore with continued running. In order to reduce the ‘tightness’ the patient will often need to stop and stretch...

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