General Health

Shockwave therapy for hamstring tightness

For those suffering from tight hamstrings, there has been some encouraging research of late into the effectiveness of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in improving hamstring flexibility, especially combined with stretching exercises in healthy participants (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5368153/). Interestingly, the study concluded that shockwave therapy combined with stretching exercises was more beneficial than stretching alone: “While ESWT and stretching both reduced …

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Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever’s syndrome)

By Peter Foley (Registered Podiatrist) It is not uncommon for enthusiastic athletes in late primary school and early high school to experience significant pain in their heels when participating in sport. The most common cause of heel pain in patients of this age is calcaneal apophysitis (sometimes called Sever’s syndrome). What is Calcaneal apophysis? Calcaneal …

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