Getting One Step Ahead This New Year

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In January, we hear about all the planned fitness resolutions; to take up a new sport, focus on losing weight, getting fit, a healthier diet and these are all fabulous! But, while splashing out on a gym membership or fitness class bookings, can we also recommend that if there is one thing you are going to invest in this year, …

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How Are Your Orthotics Made?

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By Podiatrist, Lawrence Bevan Many clinics offer corrective insoles – orthotics – but not many provide a hand made service like we do here.  Lawrence Bevan has over 25 years of experience in correcting lower limb biomechanical issues.  His approach is hands-on, and only uses technology as a design aid, rather than as the full design tool like many others. …

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The Windlass Mechanism & How It’s Linked To The Body’s Biomechanics

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Physiotherapist, Alex Conty, explores the windlass mechanism of the foot and how this can affect the rest of the body. A ‘windlass’ refers to a centuries-old mechanism used for shifting heavy objects.   The windlass apparatus is a lifting or pulling device consisting of a rope or belt winding around a horizontally placed drum that rotates by motor or by …

Running – What Actually Happens?

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By Physiotherapist, Alex Conty We all know the various benefits of running, it improves cardiovascular function, reduces risk of stroke and heart disease, reduces blood pressure, improves bone density, its good for weight management, and mental alertness.  It also helps to alleviate symptoms of depression, to name only a few! To prevent running injuries and/or simply improve on our running …

Running Shoes – When To Change And What To Look For

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By Podiatrist, Lawrence Bevan The right running shoe is crucial for your comfort and avoidance of injuries – whether you run 5 or 50 miles a week.  You should be looking to change your trainers after around 450-600 miles, but unless you keep an accurate mileage log, you can also look for signs of wear and tear.  These would include, soles or …

Running Gait Analysis & Movement Screening – let us help you achieve your running goal!

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Everyone can run, BUT your running style / technique can compromise several things: Your performance output and rate of improvement Your fitness levels Your potential for injury / re-occurring problem If you’re a beginner or elite athlete, injured or in peak condition, you can benefit from having your running style/gait assessed and amended/improved where necessary. Many Physiotherapists offer running analysis …

ITB Friction syndrome (aka. Runner’s Knee)

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By Physiotherapist, Katharina Schaps One of the most common injuries we see in the active patient is ITB friction syndrome (ITBFS). Although it is more commonly seen in Runner’s, ITBFS can appear with any type of sport involving repetitive bending of the knee such as hopping, stair climbing or hill walking. How do I know it’s ITBFS? The pain you …

The Key To Injury Prevention In Running: Load Management

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By running specialist physiotherapist, Katharina Schaps. Runners always ask themselves why injuries occur and where things went wrong. Too often the answer is fairly simple; the running mileage, training intensity or frequency were increased too rapidly for your body to catch up. If you exceed the load your body is able to tolerate, the weakest tissue will eventually become over-loaded, …