Shockwave therapy for hamstring tightness

For those suffering from tight hamstrings, there has been some encouraging research of late into the effectiveness of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in improving hamstring flexibility, especially combined with stretching exercises in healthy participants (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5368153/). Interestingly, the study concluded that shockwave therapy combined with stretching exercises was more beneficial than stretching alone: “While ESWT and stretching both reduced …

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Shin Splints (Medial tibial stress syndrome)

By Peter Foley (Registered Podiatrist) What are Shin Splints? Shin splints, stress fractures of the tibia or Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)* is one of the more commonly reported injuries in footballers, especially in those who cross train with running. MTTS describes a condition of pain at the join between muscle and bone at the …

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Soccer ankle injuries – What young players need to know

Ankle sprains are a common injury in young soccer players and can cause significant disruption to a season.  Unfortunately many patients who experience one lateral ankle sprain go on to develop long term instability and recurrent injuries to the same ankle. Data shows that being actively involved in regular soccer increases your risk of having …

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What is Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever’s syndrome)

By Peter Foley (Registered Podiatrist) It is not uncommon for enthusiastic adolescent athletes in late primary school and early high school to experience significant pain in their heels when participating in sport. The most common cause of heel pain in patients of this age is calcaneal apophysitis (sometimes called Sever’s syndrome). What is Calcaneal apophysis? …

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