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Cuboid Syndrome as a Cause of Foot Pain  

Our feet are very complicated.  We have numerous bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and numerous joints which all play a role in the orchestra of proper foot function.  Unfortunately, these structures don’t always cooperate. Foot injury and foot pain is very common.  One cause of pain in the foot is cuboid syndrome. The Cuboid is a…

three types of foot arches

Foot Pain and Arch Height

In general, we can classify our feet into three major categories based on the height of the arch.  These three categories are high arch, normal or neutral arch and low arch (which is also known as being flat footed).  Many of our readers will relate to this from either being in the clinic or from…

Running Injury and Minimalist Shoes

Our clinic sees lots of running injuries. Plantar fasciitis, shin splints, ankle pain, foot pain, calf strains, IT band syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome…the list goes on and on. These injuries are relatively common among runners and there are many different causes. Given that many of these injuries are related to impact, for some people, the finger…

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Foot Pain

Plantar fasciitis has been the topic of several blog entries on our site. This is because it is common, it can be stubborn and lots of patients ask us about it. Thanks to some interesting new literature, our understanding of this condition is improving and we’re better able to help our patients with plantar fasciitis.…

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Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common complaint at our clinic here in Burlington Ontario. Maybe it’s because so many people are active here…not sure. Regardless, most patients come to our clinic thinking they have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is not the only condition that causes pain in the foot and heel. Stress fractures, fat pad syndrome…

Running shoes on runner

Running Injuries

Overuse injuries are very common among distance runners and are frequently seen at our Burlington Physiotherapy clinic. The repeated tissue stress can lead to such conditions as achilles tendinopathy, achilles “tendinitis”, achilles tendinosis, patellar tendinopathy, patellar tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciosis and shin splints to name a few. Once present, these injuries often require extensive…

foot with turf toe

Turf Toe

Turf toe is a slang term used to describe a common yet frustrating injury that affects athletes like football players and soccer players. In technical terms, it describes a sprain of the plantar capsule and plantar ligaments of the first metatarsophalangeal joint.  In simple terms, you likely pushed your big toe too far and the…

foot insert

Orthotics Burlington

Custom Orthotics Custom foot orthotics are shoe inserts (similar to insoles) that are constructed from a mold of your foot. They are designed to stabilize and somewhat modify any problems with your feet so that you can treat or prevent various injuries. Keep in mind that these injuries don’t just have to be with your…

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Tendinosis, Tendinopathy or Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a very common term used to describe injuries affecting various tendons in the body. Specific examples include achilles tendonitis, bicipital tendonitis, extensor tendonitis (tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis) and flexor tendonitis (golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis). There is now ample peer reviewed published research which tells us that it is an inaccurate term…