Kylie Gates

Do you have good foot posture?

Like many sports tennis can be a common place to get overuse injuries. With the start of the tennis season approaching it is a good time to start thinking about ways of preventing injuries throughout the Summer.

To reduce your risk of injury you should consider the rate that you increase your workload. In other words if you haven't done much exercise for the past few weeks and jump into full tennis training you are likely to overload your muscles and joints. A slow increase in workload is much less likely to result in an injury.

The other way of reducing your risk of injury is to optimize the mechanics of your serve, forehand and backhand. By getting one of our Physiotherapists to assess your technique you will not only reduce your risk of injury but potentially increase your hitting efficiency (meaning potentially more power and accuracy).

Knee pain in children

Knee pain is a common symptom of poor foot mechanics.  Obviously there are many causes of knee pain, but quite often foot mechanics are solely to blame for an incorrect knee position.  Commonly knee pain in children that occurs without injury strikes at the age of 13-14 years.  It affects more active children who are growing.

Looking at shoe choices for both school and sporting activities is imperative when teens complain of knee pain.  Often orthotic intervention is required in this critical growing age.
Kylie Gates, our resident podiatrist has over 20 years experience in treating children with knee pain. A through assessment of the walking pattern is required to determine the best form of treatment.

Grading your foot type

Foot type

Ever had foot pain? ….persistent ankle swelling from an old injury? …..or even wear and tear of the joints in your ankles and feet?

Our recent in-service looked at the “FPI” Foot Posture Index.

This is a reputable assessment tool of the foot and ankle that can determine the position and potential mechanics of your feet and ankles.

We all know how important your feet are, and for patients who have experienced foot problems they will entirely relate to how frustrating and even debilitating these problems can be.

At Horizon Physiotherapy we aim to assist your foot problems with effective diagnosis, targeted exercises and support based taping or orthotics. We feel we have furthered our knowledge of how the ankle and the foot joints function.

There are 26 bones in each foot and the ankle joint itself provides specific mobility to transfer weight from your body through the various joints in the foot to ultimately propel you forward.

There are 12 muscles in your lower leg that cross the ankle into the foot, and control movements required to walk, run or jump. Smaller muscles and ligaments within the foot play a vital support role to these movements and further contribute to overall propulsion of your body.

The main aspect of foot mechanics is an “unlocking” mechanism when landing on your heel, followed by a “locking” mechanism (re-formation of the foot as a semi-rigid lever) when pushing off with your toes.

Understanding this mechanism including the muscles function allows us to effectively treat and diagnose patients with a goal of returning to sport, recreational activities and even pain free walking.

If you have any questions about foot pain, ankle movements (mechanics), types of treatment, exercises and/or equipment required (shoes and orthotics) feel free to contact us via the website or at the clinic.