Here in Milltown Physiotherapy we are keen to continue to grow as physiotherapists as part of our continuing development. We were delighted to host Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists professional advisor Esther-Mary D’Arcy helping us with professional development and some great advice.
Everyone felt they got great benefit from the day session, even if it took us about fifteen pictures to make sure everyone had their eyes open!
Thanks very much to Esther-Mary for coming up all the way from Galway to Milltown Physiotherapy on Saturday morning.
The Paralympics are starting two weeks today – Wednesday the 7th of September.
Check out Channel Four’s incredible trailer for the games. Unfortunately there are major budget cuts ahead of the games with downsizing of Rio 2016 workforce, reduced transport services for athletes and closure of some media centres. So please help spread the word!
I’m really looking forward to seeing Michael McKillop in the 800m and 1500m, Noelle Lenihan the world record holder in the discus and Jason Smyth in the 100m – the Usain Bolt of the Paralympics.
A review in the British Journal of Sports medicine in October 2013 examined all the research regarding injury prevention in sports. Over 25,000 runners with 3464 injuries were analysed, looking specifically at the effects stretching, strengthening and balance exercises have on reducing injury.
The most interesting finding was that strengthening exercises could reduce overuse injuries – which marathon runners are most aware of – by nearly 50%.
It didn’t find any noticeable effect for stretching, but balance and proprioception exercises were beneficial on reducing injuries occuring.
A lot of our patients are currently training for the Wicklow 100/200, Tour de Conomara, Ring of Kerry and even a Malin head to Mizen head cycle. Hopefully this will be of interest and help make it a little easier on you!
A great informative piece from Cycling Weekly on improving cycling efficiency and reducing injury risk.
Research has shown that strength training – particularly in middle aged or masters cyclists – has a significant reduction in injury risk and improvement in cycling efficiency.
Our Practice Associate and chartered physiotherapist Mary McGuinness talks us through metatarsalgia – pain in the front part of the foot.
Where would you rather live?
These cramped apartments
or this luxurious country house?
Have you considered that your feet might feel the same way?!
Wearing high heels transfers extra weight to the front of your foot and is a common cause of metatarsalgia in women. Shoes with a narrow toe box and thin soles can precipitate this painful condition too.
Metatarsalgia is the name given to pain in the front part of your foot under the heads of your metatarsal bones- the ball of your foot.
Mortons neuroma occurs in the same part of the foot. It is a non cancerous growth of fibrous tissue around a nerve and usually occurs between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads. It frequently results from wearing high heels or too tight shoes that put pressure on your toes.
High heel shoes are not the enemy. It’s like all things in life- moderation is the key. We average 10,000 steps a day. It’s probably better for our feet if all of those are not in high heels!