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The surprising problem you might have if you’re a runner

The surprising problem you might have if you’re a runner

We’ve all heard how good running can be for you. Running helps to lose weight, prevent disease, lower stress, strengthen joints, manage blood pressure… the list goes on and on. But there’s a suprising problem you may be experiencing if you’re a long distance runner. It’s called leaky gut. I know, it sounds gross, but if you’re a runner then it’s something to keep in mind. How do you know if you have a leaky gut? Read on to find out…

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Knee brace for Osteoarthritis

Knee brace for Osteoarthritis

Our knees support the weight of our bodies with each step we take. When we begin to experience knee pain, it can be very debilitating, especially if the pain is severe. Some common causes of knee pain are: joint strain or damage, patellar maltracking, obesity, poor foot biomechanics, and many others. In some cases, severe osteoarthritis (OA) can be the cause of the knee pain. While exercises are extremely beneficial in building muscular support and managing the effects of the…

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Ankle Anatomy

Ankle Anatomy

The ankle joint, or talocrural joint, is a synovial joint (meaning lubricated joint) which mimics a hinge. It has a unique design that allows it to withstand 1.5 times a person’s body weight when walking and about 8 times a person’s body weight when running. The ankle is divided into 5 main sections, which are: Bones and joints Ligaments and tendons Muscles Nerves Blood vessels Ankle bones The ankle joint consists three bones: The ankle bone (Talus), shin bone (Tibia),…

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Waking up to a sore shoulder?

Waking up to a sore shoulder?

Isn’t it so unfair?! Last night you were all fine before going to bed but the next morning you woke up with a sore shoulder. The un-invited shoulder pain makes you continuously look back and think of how you might have injured it. Maybe it was an intense dance lesson from last week, a strenuous workout, or even sleeping incorrectly. Not being able to figure it out, you carry on with your day, all the while noticing that something is…

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Orthotics for Foot Related Conditions

Orthotics for Foot Related Conditions

Winter is on its way out and spring is almost upon us. With the warmer change in weather, we shake off our desire to hibernate and become more active, doing activities we haven’t done in months! However, we sometimes rush into things too quickly and can put too much pressure on our feet, leading to the development of various foot problems. Orthotics might be the answer for you as they can help change the way your foot makes contact with…

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What does a Chiropodist do?

What does a Chiropodist do?

Our feet are likely the most used body parts of all of our limbs. Be it sitting or standing, we are always using our legs in one way or the other. In fact, the use of our feet and legs usually begins the moment we wake up. So it is safe to say that our feet play a vital role in our day to day life and as such, it is important to take good care of them. Our feet…

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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

It is always an inconvenience when our bodies don’t perform the way we want them to. It is especially worrisome when we don’t understand why we aren’t feeling at our best. Many times, the feeling of being “off” can be attributed to a vestibular problem. Vestibular disorders can affect a person in numerous ways, and often without any pattern. The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. It consists…

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Can a Physiotherapist take care of Sports Injuries? The Answer is Yes!

Can a Physiotherapist take care of Sports Injuries? The Answer is Yes!

What do we mean by Sport Injuries? Its basically any sort of Injury which can be caused when we get too  involved and carried away in the spirit of any sport. When the passion is high, the energy is there we tend to suffer from small accidents related to Knee pain, Elbow etc. What qualifies as a Sports Injury? Its basically any type of injury that might arise from getting too involved and carried away in the spirit of any…

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Getting to the ‘Foot’ of the Problem

Getting to the ‘Foot’ of the Problem

What is a Podiatrist? A podiatrist deals with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limbs and feet. What is a Chiropodist? A chiropodist deals with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limbs and feet. Sound familiar? That is because these two professions are one and the same! While there may be differences in terms of scope of practice in other areas of the world, in Canada, both podiatrists and chiropodists are qualified to treat patients with…

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Perched on a Pillow?

Perched on a Pillow?

Are your worries all perched on a pillow? And we don’t mean figuratively, but literally, are your worries all about THE PILLOW? Well, you are not in as uncommon a dilemma as you may think. Physiotherapists frequently get queries about pillow related problems. Sleeping on the wrong, or too worn out a pillow, not only leads to headaches, backaches and neck cramps, but also prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. Lack of proper sleep can lead to many…

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