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Knee and heel pain in young Netball players

Posted on June 12, 2017 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

It's winter in New Zealand and our young athletes start playing netball.  The netball grounds are fully occupied every Saturday morning with the next generation of Silver Ferns.

 

A very common problem is painful heels and knees.  The pain often results in limping and not being able to finish the game.

 

Young bones have "soft" growth centres where they grow from.  Jumping on concrete jars these soft growth centres and causes pain.  Most of the time there isn't one particular hard landing or knock that initiates this pain, usually it just comes on as a result of extended playing time. 

 

Tournaments are a lot of fun, but with multiple games in a day or over a weekend young bones can get over exposed to repetitive forces which makes them sore.

 

The best thing to do is rest, don't try to play through pain!  These two common pains (knee and heel) are caused by irritation to the growth plate have very medical sounding names.  If you want to know more you should consult a Podiatrist.  Foot Mechanics Podiatry have clinics around New Zealand if you need more help.  You can read what they have to say about heel pain in kids by clicking the link.  For knee pain in kids we found some good information at the Sports Injury Clinic here.

 

Our orthotics will help relieve the heel pain while your child is walking around after netball and at school.  Orthotics won't "fix" the problem, but they do help relieve pain.  As your child grows the "soft growth centres" on the bones firm up and the problem is self governing.  There is no long term damage done to the bones from this pain as long as you allow your kids to rest and give them some pain relieve.  The Footlogics Sport and Footlogics Comfort are both suitable for heel pain in children.  If your child is younger or has particularly small feet then try the Footlogics Kids Orthotics.  Fitting guides will help you get the right size for your child and can be found under the "sizing tab" on each product page.

 

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General Foot Pain

Posted on December 01, 2016 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

General foot pain, aching or fatigue after standing or walking during normal day-to-day activity can be due to a wide range of problems.  As Kiwi’s we are an active nation and foot pain or discomfort is common.

The cause of foot pain could be from muscular overuse, poor circulation or disruption of normal nerve function, poor biomechanics/posture, footwear, or from standing for long periods on poor working surfaces.

Footlogics provide a first “step” in pain relieve.  Low cost and often enough to provide comfort and support for people who are on their feet all day.

Footlogics don’t replace a diagnosis and treatment plan from a registered health professional, but we do help 1000’s of Kiwi’s with general foot pain who just need some good cushioning and support.

We often refer people to see a Podiatrist is their foot pain is not resolved using our Footlogics.  Foot Mechanics Podiatry have clinics covering most of New Zealand and are a good place to go if you need diagnosis and further help with your foot pain.

Foot pain caused by muscle overuse, fatigue and poor shock absorption can often be easily relieved with comfortable, well-fitting footwear and the Footlogics Comfort orthotic. 

Footlogics orthotics can help relieve symptoms of aching feet and legs.

Footlogics support the structures of the foot to encourage optimal function and even pressure distribution under your feet.

If pain or discomfort persists we recommend a visit to a podiatrist or medical professional.

General foot pain standing all day on feet

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Why Your Feet Hurt at the End of a Busy Day.

Posted on August 17, 2014 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

The foot is a sophisticated structure made of 26 bones forming two crossing arches of the foot. These bones are basically kept in place by their fit with each other and they are linked by ligaments, a fibrous tissue. There is also a lot of muscles internal and external, networking the foot and fat pads to help absorb impact.The foot in general is a complex mechanism!


To come to a general conclusion as to why your feet hurt at the end of a busy day would be a futile exercise. It would depend on various factors like what one does through during the day, whether standing or sitting is involved most of the time, is there any related medical condition etc. When, how and where the pain occurs could be clues to what may be causing the pain and why! Pain is an indicator that something could be wrong with the interaction of the internal structure or how the foot is reacting to external effects. It is important to know that biomechanical changes may prevent normal movement and can cause further injury.


A general cause could be the result of biomechanical problems that occur when a person walks and is very active on their feet. As the feet stretch out during the day as you walk, the fascia (a tough tissue that along with muscles lends secondary support to the foot)at the bottom of the foot can become stretched, leading to some pain. One other common cause could be plantar warts, a virus that precisely infects the superficial layer of skin. The virus would have to be treated locally at the site of infection. Treatment for these conditions consists of medication, orthotic devices, stretching exercises or possible surgery, but then again it would be at the discretion of your physician.


One way of avoiding pain in the feet is to use footwear that suit your feet. Shoes can make your feet comfortable but won't correct problems. The most popular brand or the most expensive pair of shoes is not necessarily the best for your feet. You could buy shoes for specific activities. However, getting yourself a good pair of walking shoes that you are comfortable in would be the best option. Women’s dress shoes with high heels could definitely be avoided. Then again, you have activity specific shoes- you should not run a marathon in your tennis shoes nor should play long hours of tennis in your running shoes

Tips for healthy feet:

  • Always keep your feet clean and dry
  • Keep your toe nails trim and tidy
  • Examine your feet regularly for tell-tale problems
  • Avoid sharing your footwear
  • Protect your feet in public conveniences
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and are comfortable
  • Use and orthotic to improve your shoe fit and change your connection with the ground
  • If your feet hurt continually, see a podiatrist

So, if the “end of the day pain” is a regular affair, it would be in your best interest to consult your doctor or a podiatrist.

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Are my feet pronated or flat?

Posted on May 24, 2014 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

Pronated feet often look flat, but not all flat feet are pronated.

I know, it sounds confusing! The difference is important though and a Podiatrist will be able to help you diagnosis the difference.

Flat feet are usually not a problem; it’s the pronated feet that need help.

Our website gives some practical advice to help you distinguishing between the two. If you have pronated feet wearing a Footlogics orthotic suitable for what you do may help reduce pain and discomfort.

To see a Podiatrist and get an exact diagnosis - give our friends at Foot Mechanics Podiatry a call. They have clinics across the North Island and highly trained staff. Otherwise a great first step would be to try the Footlogics Comfort for general day-today wear or the Footlogics Sport if you’re playing sports.

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Did you know your muscles are the key to good health?

Posted on April 15, 2014 by John Miller BHSc(Podiatry) - Podiatrist

A researcher at the university of Western Australia has found that muscles secrete hormone-like chemicals when we exercise them.  These chemicals called myokines, are thought to reduce the low-level inflammation in the body that contributes to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's.

Different types of exercise produce different types of chemicals in the body.  So mixing it up is important.  For example strength training produces a surge of the hormone testosterone, which helps improve thinking and memory!

Staying active means having good foot health.  Footlogics New Zealand aims to provide Kiwis with affordable and effective solutions to achieve foot comfort. Our goals are to reduce or eliminate foot pain, to prevent future problems or injuries and to maximise your walking comfort.

As a result we strive to improve our customer's quality of life, well-being and ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle.

Keep your muscles active to help stay healthy!

Walking Pain Free

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