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Ian Brocklesby in Westside this month

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ITB syndrome or wrong diagnosis in a runner?

A few weeks ago I assessed a runner who had pain on the outside of their knee following a marathon. He wanted a second opinion as treatment so far had not helped.

He ran regularly and had completed several marathons over the years. His pain was worse with running or sitting.

A diagnosis of ilio tibial band syndrome (ITB syndrome) was made. Orthotics, stretching and local treatment was given. A suggestion that one leg was shorter probably caused the problem.

Why did he ...

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Stress Fractures in Runners: what you need to know

The Problem.

We occasionally come across stress fractures in runners and the main focus of treatment is on re-education of their training and increasing awareness of their individual soft tissue capabilities. Listening to your body and knowing when to reduce training or have sufficient rest after a specific event is very important and all too often neglected and this can cause a problem. We commonly observe that many runners are reluctant to modify their training schedules and a reduction in volume ...

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The Myth of Leg Length Discrepancy

As a Physiotherapist I commonly come across patients that have been told that they have a leg length discrepancy from fellow health professionals including Physiotherapists. In some instances these supposed leg length discrepancies are corrected by specifically made insoles or shoe raises or inserts. The issue I have is that it is common to have up to a 2cm difference in leg length differences and this is normal. I would argue that the apparent leg length is more related to ...

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