Growing pains and children’s limbs

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Growing pains?  Does your child complain of leg and foot pains?   Recurrent limb pain in childhood is a fairly common condition, with children typically experiencing aching pains in the late afternoon and early evening. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/growing-pains/symptoms-causes/syc-20354349 The under fives might complain of their legs feeling tired rather than painful and you might notice they are unusually clumsy or unstable.  There is a lot of confusing advice about, including old wives tales which put it down to the growth process and the term ‘growing pains. Forget Harry Potter’s agonising experience of re-growing bones, there is in fact little to no medical evidence that the growth process is painful.  Should you be worried?  […]

Knee Pain : a confusing diagnosis ….

Posted Posted in Bio-mechanics, pain, Treatment

We often see patients in our clinics who suffer with knee pain due to ‘arthritis’. This can be a rather confusing and misleading diagnosis, as it literally means inflammation of the joint and it is by no means always the case that the knee structures are inflamed..  arthritis of the knee is rather too unspecific and therefore not particularly helpful when attempting treatment. The knee joint is a highly complex structure.  It is particularly vulnerable to damage, as it not only takes the full weight of your body, but also any extra force when you run or jump.  Sporty people […]

Morton’s Neuroma … A pain in the foot.

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A neuroma is the swelling of a nerve due to trauma or compression. The most common site for neuroma is the ball of the foot and is usually caused by stress and abnormal movement of the long bones behind the toes, (the metatarsal bones). A puncture wound or laceration that injures one of the nerves can also cause a neuroma. A small nerve passes between the spaces of the metatarsals. At the base of the toes, the nerves split forming a “Y” and enters the toes. It is in this area the nerve gets pinched and swells, forming the neuroma. […]

Recurrent limb pain in childhood

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Worried parents? We are often approached by parents concerned about their children complaining of painful feet and lower limbs. If this is something that affects your child, then should you be worried? Children can express pain from a young age, although it can be tricky to identify the source of the pain in very young infants. When it is occurring regularly, or the pain is very intense, it may indicate that a foot assessment might be necessary. Recurrent limb pain in childhood Typically, children complain of aching in their lower extremities in the late afternoon and evening. Over the years […]

Bio-mechanical Assessment (Made simple!)

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 Specialists in podiatry and biomechanics Our feet are the only things that support us against the ground and the way they do this influences the rest of our body’s posture. We are specialists in podiatry and biomechanics.  Particularly interested in the bio-mechanical studies which serve to assess which type of treatment is the most appropriate for our patients. Examples of this are: advising certain exercises, the wearing of bespoke orthotics (insoles) and of course footwear recommendations. Observation tests First of all we carry out a static analysis of our patient, this is so we can observe the patient standing while […]