Entries by Taff

LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS? Check out our latest blog to find out more!

ARTHRITIS There are 3 types of arthritis that commonly affect the feet Osteoarthritis  Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis  Rheumatoid Arthritis Gout  Gout These will most likely affect the big toe of the foot and lead to degeneration of the joint. Over time this may lead to structural changes of the joint and reduce range of motion. Reduced range […]

SESAMOIDITIS – What is it???

Sesamoiditis What is it? There are two small bones under the hallux (big toe) of both feet called sesamoids. These bones are designed to create a mechanical advantage for the muscles, take some weightbearing and elevate the metatarsal bone off the ground. These bones are relatively small and due to their location, can be easily […]

PLANTAR FASCIOPATHY – PLANTAR FASCIITIS – PLANTAR HEEL PAIN

Plantar fasciopathy Also known as plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciosis or plantar heel pain. Refers to dysfunction of the plantar fascia (or plantar aponeurosis) under the foot. It is a connective tissue which connects the heel to the toes. The tissue may thicken, tear or become inflamed from overloading. Symptoms Pain under the arch of the […]

‘W’ SITTING – WHAT IS IT & WHY SHOULD I CORRECT IT?

W-Sitting ‘W-Sitting’ is where a child sits on the floor with their knees out forward and their legs splayed outwards to replicate a ‘W’. During their young age, sitting positions and activities will play a large role in the development of their lower limbs. ‘W-sitting’ particularly affects the hips and surrounding soft tissue such as […]

ANKLE INJURIES/SPRAINS – Symptoms & Treatment

Ankle Injuries/Sprains An ankle sprain may relate to ligament damage to the medial (inside), lateral (outside) or syndesmosis (‘high ankle sprain’) of the ankle.  Sprains result from over-extension joint, putting high levels of load through the ligaments to resist these forces. Most commonly these injuries will occur during high impact activity with different sports carrying […]

HOW MANY PHALANGES DOES A HUMAN HAVE?

56 phalanges! There are 56 phalanges (bones) in the human body, with fourteen on each hand and foot. Three phalanges are present on each finger and toe, with the exception of the thumb and large toe, which possess only two.  The phalanges of the fingers help us manipulate our environment while the phalanges of the […]

SHIN SPLINTS AFFECTING YOUR RUN OR HIIT?

Shin Splints or MTSS or Medial tibial stress syndrome Common in runners or those participating in running based sports Symptoms: Diffuse pain along the distal third of the tibia Must be distinguished from focused pain which suggests a fracture or pain in the muscle compartments Causes: Large loads on the tibia causing strain on the […]

ARCHLINE ORTHOTIC SLIPPERS NOW AVAILABLE AT TOTAL CARE PODIATRY

The Archline Orthotic Slippers are the World’s Most Comfortable Slippers. They are Super Lightweight, Warm, Comfortable and Slip Resistant. The Closed Slippers have an adjustable Velcro closure. The signature ARCHLINE Orthotic Base is built in to the slipper and is perfect for foot pain, heel pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, overpronation and many more foot […]