November 2016              (07) 3846 4800             2B, 90 Vulture Street, WEST END 4101
The team at Performance Podiatry and Physiotherapy present a November update!
Did you know if you have private health fund coverage for orthotics, they will cover you for one pair of orthotics per calendar year? With the end of the year fast approaching now might be the time to take advantage of those rebates and get a new set of orthotics made. Got orthotics for your running shoes? Did you know we can also make different orthotics for dress shoes and other shoe types using your same casts/ moulds? Please check with your health fund to see your level of coverage. Please call reception on 3846 4800 to make an inquiry. 
Our ARCHIES thongs are selling very quickly!
Archies incorporate the same amount of support that you would find from an ‘off the shelf’ orthotic, however with the patented design, they look just like normal thongs.  You can check them out here, or come have a look in the clinic. They are available for $35 and we have many sizes and colours. 
Tennis Elbow: A common cause of elbow pain
What is Tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow refers to a condition called lateral epicondylagia. The lateral epicondyle of the elbow is the common attachment site of many muscles of the wrist and fingers extensors. When these muscles are under stress this causes tendon damage (tendinopathy) at this insertion site leading to pain on the outside of the elbow.

Who gets it?
Whilst it is common in sports such as tennis, squash and badminton (usually due to the backhand shots), it is also common in manual jobs which require lots of wrist work (e.g. hammering, screwdriver gripping and twisting, brick laying etc).
Computer work has also been shown to be associated with this condition.

What causes it?
  • Repetitive wrist/elbow movements
  • Poor technique/execution of a task
  • Excessive loading on the muscles (e.g. heavy objects, size of objects)
  • Postural positions and strength of muscle groups
  • Ergonomic set up and positioning
  • Muscle tone and flexibility

How is it treated?
Make sure you get yourself assessed by our physiotherapist to assess what is causing YOUR condition and symptoms. Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history of the onset of your pain and gain an idea of what tasks in your daily life may be affecting it. Treatment may include:
  • Manual joint mobilisations
    • At the elbow, and may include your wrist or neck also
  • Exercises to improve strength, flexibility and co-ordination
  • Soft/deep tissue massage of the affected muscle groups
  • Advice on adapting home and work set up
  • Advice on adapting work tasks so they are less painful
  • Bracing or taping
  • Adjunct treatments such as dry needling
  • Referral for investigations or medical management if required.
Click here if you would like to book an appointment with Ciaran!

We'd like to remind you know that the clinic's last day of the year will be the 23rd of December, and we will be back as usual on the 3rd of January 2017! 
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