14 Nov 2017

Did I Just Break My Ankle?

Unless you’ve had your head in the clouds post Melbourne Cup wins, or your eyes glued to your phone as you walk along the streets of Sydney, it would be impossible to miss the masses of roadworks and uneven footpaths in our city. And with all those uneven surfaces the risk of ankle sprain and […]

30 Oct 2017

Five Top Spring Activities

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get active without feeling like it’s a chore! COASTAL WALKS – it’s that time of year where it’s not unbearably hot to go for walks at any point during the day. Coastal walks allow you to stretch your legs with a fresh coastal breeze and if you’re up to it you may even […]

27 Oct 2017

Did You Just Call Me Fat? Fat Pad Impingement

Patella fat pad impingement can be a frustrating injury for patients as it is easily aggravated and can tend to linger. As the name would suggest it involves the fat pad which lies just below and under the kneecap (patella). It can be an extremely uncomfortable injury as the fat pad is one of the most innervated […]

20 Oct 2017

The Seven Best Exercises For VMO Activation: Early Knee Rehab

Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) is one of four quadriceps muscles. Your VMO sits medially or on the inside of your thigh. Its primary function is to extend the knee. Structure: The VMO is a muscle located in the anterior (front) compartment of the thigh. The other three muscles that make up our quadriceps are the […]

5 Oct 2017

The Complications Of Cortisone Injections

Firstly what is a cortisone injection and how does it work? Cortisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory drug which is injected into areas of inflammation and pain (commonly tendons and joint spaces). Cortisone works to reduce inflammation more quickly than other forms of medication or inflammation management strategies. Cortisone injections aren’t usually the first point of […]

29 Sep 2017

Why Do Your Toenails Fall Off During Long Distance Running?

Ever wondered why you lose your toenails in long distance running? It could all be to do with friction within the shoe during the running phase. As I build more and more long runs together in preparation for an upcoming marathon, I have noticed not one but two of my toes have decided to paint […]

27 Sep 2017

Marathon Training By A Physio

I am mid way through my marathon training and well-aware getting to the start line is still a way off. It’s three weeks until the big run and things have not gone to plan. Typical injuries that affect marathon runners include foot and ankle, calf, knee, hip, core and back pain (to name just a […]

18 Sep 2017

21 Half Marathons in 2017!

He did it! Our September Patient of the Month, Graham Pearson, just completed 21 Half Marathons in 2017! Here is his story: Graham’s Story: ALL FINISHED, ALL 21 DONE !!!  Thanks everyone for taking the time to visit my fundraising page and supporting my 21 Half Marathon Challenge. I’ve completed a number half marathons over […]

15 Aug 2017

Pes Anserine Bursitis and Tendinopathy

An out of the ordinary running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is Pes Anserine Bursitis or tendinopathy. Pes Anserine is the combined tendon attachment site on the lower inside part of your knee. Three tendons from three different muscles attach here – sartorius, gracilis and one of your hamstring muscles (semi-tendinosis). At this attachment site is also a […]

2 Aug 2017

Three Useful Exercises To Conquer ‘Shin Splints’ In Runners.

For an overview on the causative factors and clinical presentation of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), also often known as Shin Splints, please click here. So, what are the main aims of exercise in the management of MTSS or Shin Splints? To improve load capacity of the calf To improve kinetic chain load capacity by […]