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December 2010

This is one of the most common questions podiatrists are asked. The answer depends on many things. The type of activity you are planning, the type of foot you have, your age, your medical conditions and any foot problems that you may have. But here are some simple rules for choosing a good shoe. * [...]

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Ingredients 375g (2 cups green lentils) 200g green beans 2 carrots 1 large onion 1 large potato 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp turmeric ½ cup buckwheat flour (or ¾ cup all purpose flour) Sauce 2 cloves garlic 1 tbsp grated ginger 250ml passata 500ml vegetable stock 250ml coconut milk (optional [...]

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Basic Biomechanics

by Michael

Where do feet come into it? Imagine our skeleton, as a train. Each bone (a carriage) connected to the next at a joint. But, instead of the train being pulled along, the “skeletal” train actually reverses. It reverses up into the air – against gravity and it does not have a railway track to guide [...]

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Tennis elbow often presents with pain on resisted movement, weakness in the forearm and wrist and sharp pain localised at the outer elbow joint. Many clients who have come to see me for acupuncture have complained of how inconvenient it is whether they’re carrying their shopping, lifting the kettle to pour a cup of tea [...]

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Shin Splints

by Michael

Shin splints are characterized by pain in the front or inside aspect of the lower leg due to overexertion of the muscles. The pain usually develops gradually without a history of trauma, and might begin as a dull ache along the front or inside of the shin (Tibia) after running or even walking. Shin splints [...]

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A 17 year old boy came in after a recent spinal fusion operation to get pain relief for his back. He also experienced burning in his feet, thighs and pelvis. He rated this pain at a 10/10 in intensity. At this stage he appeared frustrated that he couldn’t be active like his friends and was [...]

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Impingement is one of the most common causes of pain in the adult shoulder. It results from pressure on the rotator cuff from part of the shoulder blade (scapula) as the arm is lifted. The rotator cuff is a tendon linking four muscles: the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the subscapularis, and the teres minor. These muscles [...]

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Zingy Guacamole

by Michael

Ingredients 1 clove garlic 1 small red onion 2 radishes 1 small red chili 1 large ripe avocado 1 medium lemon Salt (sea/rock) and freshly ground pepper to taste Method 1. Roughly (with love) chop the onion, radish and chili with the garlic. 2. Peel the avocado and remove stone, mash with fork in bowl. [...]

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Knee Pain

by Michael

When exposed to sudden forces or twisting movements, the knee can sustain damage to ligaments or cartilage. However a common “injury” or pain which develops gradually is Patello-Femoral pain or pain behind the kneecap. This quite often comes on gradually as a result of a muscle imbalance, predominantly weakness of the VMO (inner quad muscle) [...]

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Organic farming produces crops without the use of any synthetic or man-made chemicals, and is truly “nature’s way”.  It involves increased labour (e.g. manual picking) and the use of natural substances such as compost and the use of natural insect predators.  In order to be labeled organic, the food needs to contain no harmful preservatives [...]

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