Understanding Iliotibial Band Syndrome


The iliotibial band is a ligament that runs from the pelvis down the outside of the thigh to the knee and its purpose is to stabilise the knee joint. When this band experiences strain from too much pressure or overuse, iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) can develop. This is an inflammatory condition that tends to affect runners and those who regularly take part in high-impact sports or exercise, and it causes pain that radiates from the outer knee.

7 January 2021

What Should You Do If You Have Plantar Warts?


Despite the resilience of your feet, they are susceptible to an array of physical defects, conditions and viruses. And one of the more common issues that people face yet are unaware that they are dealing with it in the first place is the growth of plantar warts. Characterised by their fleshy appearance, these lesions typically form at the base of one's toes and their heels. As they get worse, they can cause you to experience tenderness each time you place your weight on your foot, whether you are standing or walking around.

27 October 2020

Is Your Child Complaining About Foot Pain? Here Are Some Reasons Why


When your child starts to complain about foot pain, you need to establish the cause of the problem so that you can know if it will need the attention of a podiatrist or not. This piece lists a few of the common reasons why your child could be complaining about foot pain. An ingrown nail When your child has an ingrown nail, it means that the toenail is growing into the skin rather than in the proper position.

30 August 2019

Who are podiatrists and what do they do?


Have you ever heard of someone with problems with their lower legs or feet? Well, podiatrists are the go-to guys for these kinds of issues. They not only treat the feet, but also other health issues such as diabetes or general lower limb injuries. Podiatrists; are they doctors or not? Are they doctors? Yes, but they go to different schools than standard medical doctors. Podiatrists attend special schools and associations. Their names are prefixed by DPM for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine as opposed to the normal MD for Medical Doctor.

3 May 2019

How can new runners prevent shin splints?


Running is a really simple thing that we can do for our cardiovascular and mental health. All you need is a pair of running shoes, and you have no excuse not to put your feet to the pavement. With that said, if you are approaching running for the first time, you should know that you are more prone to injury than seasoned runners, particularly when it comes to shin splints. The reason why you might feel pain in your shins is because this where a lot of the force goes when you strike your foot on the floor, and the shin also overcompensates for other parts of the leg that might be weaker.

6 April 2018

Custom Orthotic Inserts: Three Essential Tips for Getting the Best Results


If you have been experiencing pain in your foot, ankle, arch and heels, you should think about getting custom orthotic inserts. These inserts are beneficial in reducing strain around the feet and preventing strain injuries. These products can even help in managing common conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and ankle instability. If you choose to purchase custom inserts, they will be made for your specific needs. Therefore, the results are typically quite good.

27 February 2018

Will Orthotics Help With Managing Heel Pain?


Most clients who visit the podiatrist's office because of heel pain go with a bag of different types of orthotics other doctors or friends recommended, or they saw a TV advert. According to them the orthotics only worked for a while and then stopped and the pain came back worse. What is the reason for this? Well, while orthotics can help relieve some forms of heel pain, they may not always be useful because of the following reasons.

1 November 2017