Calf and shin pain

Achilles tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy – why the usual fixes don’t work!

Pain from Achilles tendinopathy comes on slowly over a period of weeks and months. It often begins as a mild discomfort after a run or field training session. As it worsens, the pain increases in intensity and takes longer to resolve after a training session. As it becomes more chronic, the symptoms associated with Achilles […]

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Sciatic nerve pain pregnancy

Sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy

Sciatic nerve pain is one of the most common “side effects” of pregnancy. It causes a pain that can originate as high as the buttock and can extend down the back of the leg into the foot. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that originates deep in the buttock. This means that it cannot […]

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How do you relieve sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica refers to an irritation of the Sciatic Nerve as it passes thru the buttock, causing pain down the back of the leg. The term is often misused to describe spinal nerve irritation causing a similar pain in the back and leg, however this is a different condition. Severity can vary from an ache that […]

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Calf muscle tear

Calf muscle tear – tips for a fast, SAFE return to sport

The onset of a calf muscle tear can vary from a sudden pop or stabbing sensation to an extreme tightness or pre-cramp feeling Visible bruising is less common with calf tears Recovery times vary widely based on the severity and location of the tear TIPS You can confirm a tear that involves some structural damage […]

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Calf pain when running

Calf pain that just won’t go away?

Calf pain while running is a fairly common complaint. It gradually grows in intensity with running training, especially if you’re pushing further than before or adding more vertical. The frustration with calf pain comes from the difficulty in figuring out what’s causing the pain. It should be simple, you say. Calf pain is probably just […]

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Achilles tendon pain

Achilles tendon pain

Achilles tendon pain is one of the more common sporting injuries seen by our Physiotherapy team. A typical history for an Achilles injury is a runner, usually around 35-55 years, who gradually felt a soreness on one or both Achilles tendons in the early stages of a run. It gets worse as it lasts longer […]

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Shin splints

Shin Splints – more complex than just shin soreness

Shin splints refers to shin pain, most commonly with exercise, and can be due to bone, muscle/tendon or vascular issues. It covers a number of pathologies and is not a medical diagnosis. Under the term “shin splints”, there are a number of pathologies including Tibial Bone Stress, Tibial Periostitis and Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome. Imaging, […]

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Calf muscle strain

Calf muscle strain – don’t let your strain become a tear!

Calf muscle strains most commonly affect the Soleus muscle. Rehab needs to include specific exercises. And we list similar diagnoses that get mistaken for calf strains.

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Bakers cyst

Baker’s cyst: a lump behind the knee

A Bakers Cyst is a collection of fluid in a bulge in the joint capsule. It causes a lump behind the knee, although this is typically not visible. The average size of a Baker’s cyst varies depending on the amount of fluid and how long the knee had been swollen. The cause of a Baker’s […]

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Bone stress reaction

Bone stress reaction – what, why and how to fix it

Bone stress reaction causes a dull, usually prolonged, ache around the injury site A bone stress reaction can occur due to impact loading or connective tissue traction Reactions caused by impact loading can progress to bone stress fractures with ongoing overload TIPS Bone stress reactions often occur with other injuries and can be difficult to […]

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