Welcome to the Doubleview Podiatry patient newsletter for this month.
Fun Fact: There are approximately 250 000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they produce as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
Do you get lower leg pain when you walk or run?
Shin splints commonly cause lower leg pain during running and walking.
The aching occurs in muscles which are over exerted as a result of poor biomechanics or inadequate footwear. During the gait cycle, it’s normal for your arch to change height as your foot adapts to varying terrain and absorbs shock. When your heel leaves the ground, the arch needs to be high to allow for propulsion and forward movement.
If the arch is too low, your muscles need to work extra hard to lift the arch up, and this often causes pain in various parts of the leg. Wearing correct footwear goes a long way in supporting the foot which is why it’s important to ensure you wear adequate trainers when running or walking. Orthotics are often needed to provide additional correction to the feet. In some cases, mobilisation and dry needling may be needed to assist in restoring correct functioning of the foot.
To make an appointment to have your shin splints assessed, you can call our receptionist Sue on 08 9341 5166.
We look forward to seeing you at our practice soon.
Stephen, Sara and Sue
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PhysiPod Circulation Socks
PhysiPod socks are recommended for diabetics and feet prone to swelling or circulation problems. Designed for ultimate comfort, PhysiPod socks can be worn for all foot types. They have a number of special features including an unrestrictive loose top, natural cotton fibres which aid in ventilation and absorption, a fine toe seam and a comfort padded knitted sole. A pair costs $12.