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Plantar Fascia: The Runner’s Arch-Enemy

Plantar fasciitis is a painful heel condition that affects more than 1 in 10 of us over a lifetime. It’s caused by pain coming from the strong soft tissue in our arch where it attaches to the inner side of the heel bone.

Plantar fasciitis is best known for disabling pain when taking the first steps on getting up out of bed, or out of a chair. It also stops you being able to stand, walk or run. Worst of all, almost half of those with plantar fascia pain report ongoing problems 10 years later!!Read More

Achilles Tendon Tips

Achilles pain is one of the most common running injuries and particularly affects older runners or those running long distances.  Rather than calling it Achilles tendinitis, which suggests inflammation easily helped by drugs, this is now known as Achilles tendinopathy, which describes Achilles tendon pain due to changes in the structure and function of the tendon and aggravated by increased load. Read on for 5 tips you may think are crazy for settling down a cranky AchillesRead More

Running Cadence: Is 180 the magic number?

If you’re running with a Garmin or Apple watch you may see “Cadence” pop up on screen or in the App afterwards.  If you’ve done any research on this, you may have seen the magic target of 180 put forward.  What does this all mean? What’s cadence anyway and why is everyone telling me to get to 180? Here’s some answers for you…..Read More

“Not Tennis” elbow

Anyone who’s had “tennis elbow” will know what an absolute pain it can be. It hangs around for ages, can make it difficult to do basic tasks around the house and stop you doing things you love.

Since the advent of the two-handed backhand, tennis is probably the least likely cause of pain in the outside corner of the elbow.  Nowadays it’s more likely to be “kettlebell elbow”, “battle-rope elbow” or “finish that backyard landscaping project” elbow. Read on to find out why, what we can do and how long it will take to settle down.Read More

“You Shouldn’t Run” Why those 3 words aren’t the end of the world.

Telling Injured Runners not to run sucks. As Physios we usually have a very good reason but most runners hate and ignore this advice. What if we told you that you could miss or modify up to 5 weeks of training every 6 months and still hit your performance goal?  What if we told you that the AIS tracked their runners for 5 years and proved this to be true? Read on for all the details………Read More

Why Exercise is Vital in Lockdown….

Profile Picture of Ashleigh Hooper, Exercise Physiologist
Ashleigh Hooper, Exercise Physiologist

Its no doubt, COVID-19 has played a massive toll on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing this past year. Whether it has been job insecurity, financial stress, ever-changing travel plans, or having to wait an extra 6 months for that hair appointment… you name it, COVID has added to the stress and anxiety of our lives.  For others, the impact of lock downs, travel restrictions and social isolation has potentially compounded the effects of anxiety and depression.Read More