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Orthotics and Plantar Fasciitis

By Dr Abbie Najjarine (podiatrist) Many often ask me if I know if a patient will benefit from orthotic therapy – which are shoe inserts designed to help alleviate pain or correct biomechanics that are causing discomfort. I always stress that orthotics cannot always fix a problem alone and is not a cure, but a […]

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Sever’s Disease, Children and Orthotics

The most important factor contributing to Sever’s Disease, which causes heel pain in children, is treating the cause and not the symptoms!  This means correcting Mechanical factors or ‘excess pronation’ where the feet turn inwards. In this situation excessive subtalar joint pronation (rolling in of the feet) creates stress on the Achilles causing traction forces […]

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Sit Happens – Sitting Can Hurt Us More Than You Think!

One major detriment to long periods of sitting is the effect on your posture, flexibility, mobility, and joint health. Sitting correlates to lower back pain Probably the biggest single problem from sitting all day that I see as a podiatrist is lower back pain. As we sit in a fixed position for such a long […]

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Squatting with Orthotics

Squat Injuries – A lifter’s enemy The squat is considered one of the best exercises for improving quality of life because of its ability to recruit multiple muscle groups in a single maneuver. When performed properly, squat related injuries are uncommon. However even if your technique is great, your genetic build such as flat feet, […]

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Treating Back Pain & Leg Length Difference (LLD) using Orthotic Therapy

By Dr Abbie Najjarine (podiatrist) Back pain is always interesting as there are so many causes of this problem. I want to keep it simple and address back pain and sacroiliac pain associated with leg length abnormality and how I treat the problem incorporating orthotics and other modalities. Firstly leg length can be categorised into: […]

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Treating Bunions – Hallux Abducto Valgus

By Dr Abbie Najjarine (podiatrist) Having bunions – known in the podiatry world as Hallux Abducto Valgus – is very common and a condition I see almost every day in my clinics.  The question I am asked most is whether a patient’s shoes are the cause. Which is not a straightforward answer. A patient’s biomechanics […]

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