Are Ankle Braces Useful?

There is a lot of misinformation being circulated about ankle braces and their effect on the body and athletic performance. Why Use a Brace or Support? A support brace helps you by: Relieving your pain Resting the injured tissues by taking some of the stressful loads Protecting the injured structures from further injury Allowing for initial tissue healing Preventing future injury by support or joint stabilisation.   A hinged style ankle brace that allows full up and down ankle range of motion will not weaken the joint because the brace is allowing unrestricted...
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5 QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT ANKLE SPRAINS

When should I see a Physio?The first reason to see a physio is to be evaluated for a fracture. Signs of a fracture include the inability to bear weight following the injury or if there is tenderness over the bony protrusions of the ankle or foot. In these situations X-rays should be performed to assess for a fracture. Another reason to seek medical advice is to reduce the risk of recurrent or chronic ankle problems. The most important risk factor for ankle sprains is a previous ankle sprain. Therefore, individuals should seek medical guidance and possibly formal rehabilitation to prevent ...
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Foot Mechanics: There’s more to keep in mind than just what your feet are doing. 

Running mechanics have been a hot topic of discussion - from the barefoot crazy to custom-made orthotics, it is possible to find someone who swears by ‘their’ style of running. Many running stores have treadmills with recording equipment set up to help find “the right shoe for your mechanics”. So what is different when you have your gait analysed by a physical therapist? A comprehensive analysis performed by a physical therapist looks at the foot mechanics in several ways — a non-weight bearing state, standing, walking, running at pace (i.e. endurance vs. sprint) and after fatigue. It is...
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What is a high ankle sprain?

  Unlike other ankle sprains, this injury is sustained to the tissue (ligaments) that connect the tibia and the fibula.  These are the bones that make up the lower leg (the inner bone being the tibia or shin and the outer being the fibula). With common ankle sprains “low ankle sprains” the ligaments that are most often injured are the ones on the outside of the ankle.  These help to connect the fibula to the foot.  These ligaments are injured when someone “rolls” their ankle over. In the high ankle sprain, there are several structures potentially damaged.  These include ligaments...
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ANTERIOR KNEE PAIN

There is no clear definition of anterior knee pain and patients can present with various symptoms. There may be a functional deficit, crepitus and /or instability. With activities of daily living pain often occurs or worsens when walking down stairs, squatting, depressing the clutch pedal in a car (in the case of left knee pain), wearing high-heeled shoes or sitting for long periods with the knees in a flexed position (‘‘movie sign’’). Patients also experience a certain degree of instability ‘‘in a straight line’’ especially going up and down stairs or ramps. Individuals with overuse ...
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WHAT EXERCISES DO I NEED TO MANAGE MY KNEE PAIN?

In order to manage anterior knee pain you knee to KEEP exercising! Patellofemoral pain can be hard and you won't get better over night. However some people do but in general it should take a minimum of 6 weeks before you will start to see changes. Here are 5 tips to help with you knee pain that specifically target muscles that need to be worked in order to get better. 1) Fire Up the Gluts Most patients we see, tend to have weak or inactive glutes. This causes all sorts of problems at the knee. The primary movers of your legs are the muscles of your hips and thighs. When the muscles o...
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Throwing Injuries

At Rozelle Physio we treat a variety of conditions related to throwing in sport. Below are some of the factors that contribute to throwing injuries and tips on how physio can help rehabilitate a throwing injury.   Biomechanical Factors There are several biomechanical reasons why throwing related shoulder injuries occur some of which include: alterations in throwing mechanics, muscle fatigue, muscle weakness or imbalance and excessive capsular laxity. The most frequently observed throwing injury is posterior glenoid impingement. Also referred to as internal impingement,...
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Injury Prevention and Pre-Season Screening: Physiotherapy

At Rozelle Physio, most of our patients come to see us after they have suffered an injury, and we are happy to help them; but in the world of professional sports, one of Physiotherapists responsibility is to prevent injuries from actually occurring in the first place. This occurs through pre-season screening and injury prevention or “prehab”. So what does the physio assess and measure and can it be used to prevent injuries in the normal population?   Strength: Strength is relatively easy to measure and a lack of strength is a good indicator of future injury. A neat trick for objectively ...
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Case Study: Acute Knee Injury

A 31 year old male presented to physiotherapy following an acute knee injury at soccer training the previous day. The injury occurred whilst the patient was sliding in to tackle an opponent, the patient felt that direct contact was made with the knee but could not remember if the knee was twisted, or if it was planted on the ground at the time, he denied hearing a pop or crack and has not had any clicking locking or giving way. The knee was moderately swollen. Passive extension was extremely painful and passive flexion was mildly painful, there was pain on palpation of the posteromedial joi...
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