Pregnant Feet

  During pregnancy, specific hormones are produced to enable the distension and extension of your ligaments and connective tissue in order to accommodate your developing baby. These same hormones affect the ligaments throughout your entire body. Your Feet and legs which are carrying the extra weight of you and your developing baby are therefore prone to splaying, stress, strain, and …

Limping and abnormal walking patterns

While most of us will experience some form of limping during our lives it is usually because of a short term injury. Long term abnormal walking patterns are a different matter and can be caused by a variety of factors. This could be a more serious long term injury, developmental problems, inherited genetic traits, as well as disease. While some …

Bowed legs

This condition is easy to see because of a outward bowing of the lower leg. However, children aged between 3 and 4 have a certain degree of bowed legs (Genu Varum in medical terms) but as the child grows, the bones in the legs develop and this slight outward bowing should disappear. If a child has any type of illness …

Pigeon toed gait

This term refers to people who points their toes inward while standing still or walking. This is also considered a form of clubfoot and symptoms can also include clumsiness and even stumbling in more severe cases. The condition may not be painful or even troublesome, it can cause problems down the track such as arthritis. It is most common in …

Knock knees

Knocked Knees Called Genu Valgum, but commonly known as Knock Knee, this condition is where the knees angle inwards and begin to touch one another when the legs are straightened. People who suffer from this condition often have collapsed inner arches of their feet, making their inner ankle bones lower than their outer ankle bones. Left uncorrected it can cause …

Sporting and Postural anomalies

Having problems with your posture can result in a range of short and long term health issues. You feet, ankles, legs, hips, pelvis and spine all work together in what is called a Kinetic Chain. While symptoms may appear in a localised area, the problem cannot be solved without an all encompassing approach. Various physical differences in your body (and …

Muscular overuse and strains/tears

When you exercise you put a certain amount of stress on your body and while it keeps your muscles healthy, it can also result in muscle strains and tears from overuse. Usually, your body will adapt to the added strain by strengthening your muscles and tendons. However, when muscle overuse occurs various conditions can develop which can cause the following …

Hip, ITB and lower back pain/dysfunction

Hip and lower back pain can be caused by a variety of underlying issues but this type of discomfort can make a normal lifestyle difficult, and an active lifestyle sometimes impossible. It’s essential to seek professional podiatric advice on this type of pain, as it can certainly mean underlying issues and, if left untreated, could worsen. Other related problems like …

Knee pain and injuries

  Because we use our knees so much throughout our lives – particularly for active people – it is extremely common to encounter knee pain or a more serious knee injury. The knee is one of the most important components of your body in terms of movement, but it is also relatively susceptible to injury. Damage to knees can include …

Ankle injuries – Sprained ankle

Even though this is one of the most common foot or leg injuries around, it still needs to be taken seriously. A sprained ankle occurs when ankle ligaments have been overstretched, which is why this type of injury is most common after awkward movement of feet (e.g tripping on a hole when running). Ankle injuries can range from a basic …