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What Is Chronic Ankle Instability?

Chronic ankle instability, as the name implies, is a chronic condition of instability affecting the ankle and it’s surrounding structures. It usually develops after a severe ankle sprain. However, some people are born with less stable ankles; these individuals are generally extra flexible throughout their bodies. Approximately 20% of ankle sprains lead to chronic ankle instability due to the resulting changes in ligament support, strength, postural control, muscle reaction time and sensation. What are the symptoms? As well as being...

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Achilles tendon tears

What is it? The Achilles tendon is a band of fibrous tissue located at the back of the ankle. Its main role is to connect the calf muscles to the heel of the foot. This tendon is the largest tendon in the body and when it tightens, as the calf muscles contract, it pulls the heel allowing you to stand on tiptoe or to point your foot. Achilles tendon tears commonly occur in athletes, however, this injury can affect anyone...

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Tips for helping kids stay active

Research shows that many children today are struggling to meet their daily-recommended targets for physical activity. We know that inactivity is a risk factor for a multitude of chronic diseases and many of the habits that shape our adult lives are set in childhood. Physical activity is important for a growing body as movement and weight-bearing have a large impact on bone strength, muscle and tendon health. Here are some tips to make sure your child is staying as active...

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Lumbar disc degeneration

The discs of the spine sit between the vertebral bodies and act as shock absorbers for the spine. In the lumbar spine the outer part of the disc is made up of thick fibrous rings called the annulus fibrosus and the inner part is a soft jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. The discs in the spine also move to allow flexibility and movement of the spine, particularly in the lumbar spine where they are the largest. As we age,...

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World Physiotherapy Day 2019

The Day Sunday 8th September is 'World Physical Therapy Day'. This day takes place each year and is an opportunity for physical therapists worldwide to raise awareness about the contribution they make to keeping people well, mobile and independent. The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is a non-for profit organisation founded in 1951 who are committed to promoting the physical therapy profession and improving global health. World Physical Therapy Day was established by WCPT in 1996 and this day...

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