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Tendon & Ligament Problems

Runner with painful shin

A ligament joins bone to bone. Ligament injuries frequently occur through the foot and ankle, the most common being ligament tears through the front part of the ankle as a consequence of a nasty ankle sprain. After ligaments have been sprained they seldom return to their original length and result…

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Knee Pain

A runner with a painful knee

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is the most common cause of knee pain that affects the front of the knee joint. Pain often presents around the front of the knee and may feel as if it is coming from the centre of the knee or from right under the knee cap.…

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Shin Pain

Runner with painful shin

Shin pain is one of the most common injuries seen by a sports podiatrist. Shin splints are not a specific diagnosis but a common term used to describe pain coming from the shin area. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan needs to be established. There are three common causes of…

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Achilles Tendon Pain

Diagram of the achilles tendon

Thirty percent of patients who present with Achilles tendon pain do not regularly participate in sport or activity. The Achilles tendon is a frequently painful injury in people over 35 years of age. This is because as we grow older the tissue that makes up the tendon changes and becomes…

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Causes of Forefoot Pain

There are numerous causes of forefoot pain. The following are some of the more common conditions that we see. Morton’s Neuroma A neuroma is a growth of nerve tissue fibres in the forefoot. A Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the nerve tissue that occurs in between the toes most…

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