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Plantar fasciopathy is one of the most common causes in heel pain (1).  Though previously termed ‘plantar fasciitis’, due to patient presentation and pathological changes in tissue structure similar to those of tendinopathies, longstanding plantar fasciopathy is now considered a tendinopathy (2).  The plantar fascia is a thick, weblike connective tissue which supports the arch…

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A quick look at our stats for the past few months revealed that we’ve seen an average of 6 new ankle sprains per week here at STC, so there’s a good chance that you know a Canberran currently nursing a sore and swollen (c)ankle. Lateral ankle sprains have historically been one of the most common…

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Sciatica is radiating pain that follows a dermatomal distribution (specific area of the skin supplied by a specific nerve) down the leg1. By name this would suggest the sciatic nerve is involved, but colloquially the term “sciatica” is used to encompass any nerve that produces this uncomfortable shooting/lightning/radiating/tingling pain1. The two important things to realise…

Continue Reading Injuries Unpacked #14: Sciatica & Lower Back