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Medial Knee Pain

The Harding Podiatry practice has treated a number of patients with medial knee pain, usually with great success. Many have been referred by orthopaedic surgeons who want their patients to explore conservative therapy to relieve their symptoms before proceeding to surgery. These patients experience pain in the medial compartment of the knee that is caused

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Lateral ankle instability and associated conditions

Lateral ankle instability is often found with associated conditions such as frequent ankle inversion sprains, peroneal tendonitis and peroneal overuse injury. To understand the nature of this condition, what it is and how and why it occurs, one needs to understand the anatomy and function of the peroneal muscles and tendons. There are three peroneal

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Patello-femoral pain

Patello-femoral pain (PFP), or Anterior Knee pain is located under, or around the patella (kneecap). This condition often involves inflammation of the joint as well as the patella fat pad. The pain can inhibit contraction of the quadriceps muscles and extension and flexion of the knee, creating instability and reduced mobility. PFP often presents in

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HAV (Hallux abducto valgus deformity) or ‘bunions’

HAV is a deformity of the 1st metatarsal and hallux, (1st, great, or big toe). This deformity develops over a period of time from abnormal forces applied to the foot. These are caused by structural abnormalities of the lower limb and compensation that occurs through the joints of the foot on weight bearing. Hypermobile joints

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Plantar Fasciitis – Part 1

What is it, why does it occur and how can it be treated? Plantar fasciitis is the most common complaint that presents to Podiatrists. Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar Fasciitis or fasciosis most often occurs in people over the age of 40 who have embarked on a change of physical activity,

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Case History: A Tale of Two Stress Fractures

Stress fractures in bones are caused by prolonged, possibly intermittent, traction force on areas of bone where muscle fibres attach, or where there is direct, increased load. They can be painful, most often during physical activity and are often debilitating, preventing physical activity. One such, common, stress fracture, is that of the tibia at the

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