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Orthotics for the Active!

Orthotics for the Active!

Summer is here, and with the sun on one’s face and a cool breeze, everyone feels like going out and enjoying some fresh air. Be it a early morning run or a quick swim, a game of tennis with your buddies or you just dribbling the ball all by yourself at the basketball court; this is the season where even the lazy one’s find some energy to be active. Kids in particular love to go out and play in the…

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Healing the Heels

Healing the Heels

Wearing heels maybe a fashion statement for some, but for others it is a work necessity. Studies have shown that 72% women wear high heels at some point or the other 50% of them wear them at parties 39% of them wear them everyday And 31% of them wear them to work But wearing heels for a prolonged period of time can lead to multiple issues. So what are the “heel issues” that affect most women? And how can you…

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What are Orthotics?

What are Orthotics?

What are orthotics? Orthotics are custom made inserts that are worn inside your shoe to control abnormal foot function. Orthotics solve a number of biomechanically related problems, for example, ankle and knee pain, pelvis, hip, spinal pain. This is achieved by preventing misalignment of the foot, which significantly alters the way in which the bones move within their joints. How are custom orthotics made? The process starts with the physiotherapist conducting a Biomechanical Gait analysis on a GaitScan system which…

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Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears

Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears

Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears Despite it being named a “Tendon”, the patella tendon is both a ligament and a tendon. It connects to two different bones, the patella and the tibia. The patella tendon works in unison with the quadricepmuscles and quadricep tendons allowing them to straighten the knee. The tear within the patella tendon is either partial or complete and can be a disabling injury: Partial tear- More frayed and not complete, (think of…

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury to the plantar surface of the foot. Tiny micro tears can develop in the ligament with repetitive use. This condition is most common in middle-aged populations however you can develop it at any age. It occurs in people who are on their feet a lot such as athletes and construction workers. You can develop plantar fasciitis in one or…

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