27 Dec 2017

New Year Resolutions – How To Reach Yours Without Reaching For The Ice Pack!

Many people set New Years Resolutions and hope to accomplish something new or important in the coming year. A large percentage of people have a health and fitness goal, whether this is to lose weight, improve their fitness or just be generally more active. This is a fantastic goal and congratulations on making the first […]

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 […]

29 May 2015

Running Shoes Q&A

Part 1: Let’s Start at the Beginning Do I even need a “running shoe” for running? Yes. Sure, you could run barefoot or in wooden clogs if you wanted to. And yes, the great Cliff Young did it in gumboots. But if you’d like to make jogging or running a regular thing, then you want […]

28 Mar 2013

How to pedal?

This sounds like a simple one, well it is, mostly. Pedalling should be a smooth transition of power, however smooth does not mean even. In steady state submaximal cycling, the power output across the 360 degree cycle of the pedal stroke is not even, and nor should it be.

10 Jun 2011

The Health Risk of Heels

Surprisingly, I don’t often get asked by my female patients about the effect that wearing high heels can have on your feet and lower legs. Perhaps this is because it is common knowledge that high heels are not what a physio would recommend, nor are they comfortable to wear, so they must be bad, right? […]

9 Jun 2011

Arthritis Answers

Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the joints. It is a major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia with 3.85 million Australians affected. Arthritis can vary considerably from mild ‘wear and tear’ in the joints which may present as occasional stiffness, to severe degeneration and pain […]

26 May 2011

Jumping into Plyometrics

What are plyometric exercises? Plyometric exercises are often used at the end stage of your rehabilitation to prepare you for your final return to sport. These exercises combine strength and speed to provide the ‘explosiveness’ required for many sporting activities, for example to increase the power of a soccer kick or the force of a […]

26 May 2011

Does my foot look good in this?

Feet can be flat, arched or just plain funny looking…but do you have any idea of what your foot type is and what shoe is the right one for you to wear? If you’re wearing the correct shoe, you are more likely to get the most out of your running and reduce the risk of […]