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Osgood Schlatter ‘s Disease

Osgood Schlatter ‘s Disease
Osgood Schlatter ‘s disease is a condition that affects the small growth plate that exists at the ‘bump’ at the very top of the shin bone, directly below the kneecap (patella). The bump is called the tibial tuberosity and it is prominent because the patella tendon attaches to the bone there.  The […]

By |December 3rd, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Raynaud’s Syndrome / Disease / Phenomenon.

Raynaud’s Syndrome:
Raynaud’s syndrome is a  medical condition that causes discoloration of the fingers and toes like that shown in the picture to the right.  It is a ‘vasospastic’ disease meaning that it occurs when the muscles around the small blood vessels in the tips of the digits go into spasm. This squeezes all of the […]

By |November 17th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Tarsal Coalition

Tarsal Coalition
also known as Peroneal Spastic Flatfoot  : Calcaneonavicular bar : Talocalcaneal bar
What is a Tarsal Coalition ?

The term ‘tarsal’ refers to the seven bones in the back half of the foot.  ‘Coalition’ means two becoming one. A tarsal coalition is an abnormal bridge of material that connects two of these foot bones that should […]

By |October 14th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Food, Diet and Gout.

Gout Food and Diet

Our podiatry patients often seek our advice about how best to avoid gout.  This guide provides general information about reducing the risk of gout attacks by changing your diet. It is general advice only.  Please seek individual advice if you have other medical conditions such as diabetes or food allergies.
What is Gout […]

By |October 14th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Sweaty feet and smelly feet

Sweaty feet / Smelly feet / Hyperhidrosis
This article will discuss normal sweating creating odour and excessive sweating of the hands and feet.

Perspiration has a purpose in humans. Its evaporation allows the skin to cool and the body to get rid of excess heat.  Unfortunately, wearing shoes all day stops this evaporation from occurring and allows […]

By |August 16th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
Tarsal Tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

Burning or tingling feet, particularly at night or at rest.
More activity during the day means worse trouble at night,
Usually not painful while active
Often described as affecting ‘the whole foot’ but on closer examination, it doesn’t usually include the heel.
Sensation is described as numbness, electric shock, […]

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Gout and Feet

What is gout?
Gout is an acute inflammatory joint condition and therefore an ‘arthritis’ (which is literally Latin for ‘inflamed joint’). Gout generally begins with an attack of extraordinary pain where the joint becomes red, hot, swollen and obviously in distress to look at. It is caused when elevated levels of uric acid accumulate in the […]

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Diabetes & Your Feet

The purpose of this information is to learn how to minimize and prevent the complications that can accompany diabetes mellitus. Specifically, this document relates to foot and leg issues but many of those principles are equally necessary to prevent kidney disease, loss of vision and male sexual dysfunction. There are no gruesome pictures here our […]

By |August 6th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

The Iliotibial band or ITB is a length of gristle-like tissue that runs down the outside aspect of the thigh as shown in the diagram to the right. It is made from very tough tissue called retinacular fibres which are largely unable to be stretched. As you can see, the band […]

By |August 6th, 2010|Info Sheets|Comments Off

Kneecap Pain

Painful kneecaps.
(Patella Femoral Syndrome or Chondromalacia patella or Lateral tracking patella syndrome.)
What is Chondromalacia Patella ? Why do you get pain under the kneecaps ?
Chondro means cartilage, malacia means softening and patella is the anatomical name for the kneecap. This is the term used for the cartilage that is damaged and causing pain.  Lateral tracking […]

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