What is Whiplash

What is Whiplash?

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What is Whiplash

So, What is Whiplash? Whiplash is an acceleration-deceleration event that results in increased forces directed to the neck, usually from a motor vehicle collision. The impact from the accident may result in various injuries that could present in many different ways. Some symptoms you may experience if you are involved in a car accident include:
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder/Arm/Hand/Back pain
  • Pins, needles, or numbness down your arm
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Decreased neck movement
  • Headaches
Although not as common, other symptoms could include:
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble with your hearing
  • Dizziness
  • Memory/Concentration problems
  • Jaw pain
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional changes

Whiplash Myths

Over the years, there have been mixed sayings on whether or not certain factors relate to recovery success. For example, awareness of the collision has been said to increase your whiplash symptoms. This is actually NOT true. Other myths that do NOT relate to how well you recover include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Speed of collision
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Seat belt use
  • Shoulder pain
  • Position in vehicle

How do I treat whiplash?

A motor vehicle accident can be a very scary and potentially traumatic event. It is important to seek both physical and psychological aid for coping and relief strategies. This will ensure you make a full and speedy recovery. Most do make a full recovery after their accident, however, the timeframe of recovery can greatly vary. Seeking treatment and support from your physiotherapist can help facilitate a quicker recovery. Treatment strategies can range from various neck movements to breathing exercises. Seeking assistance as soon as possible after your accident helps ensure your symptoms can be promptly addressed and taken care of.
Book in today for your assessment and realise that whiplash can be treated. Book Now. 
Top 5 Futsal Injuries

Top 5 Futsal Injuries

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Top 5 Futsal Injuries seen by a Podiatrist 

The top 5 Futsal injuries seen by a podiatrist will be discussed in this blog. It is easy to injure your foot or ankle playing Futsal. This is because the forces between your feet and the ground are amplified during this high impact activity.


  1. Blisters – A frequent foot injury in Futsal is the friction blister. It is caused by friction, like the repeated rubbing against the inside of the shoe. Wearing poorly fitting shoes can often set the athlete up for blisters.
  2. Ingrown or Black toe nails – Ingrown or bruised toe nails are another common complaint seen in the Futsal player. Once again, tight or snug fitting footwear are the culprits of these conditions.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis – The plantar fascia is a structure on the sole of the foot that runs from heel to toes. Running and sprinting with sudden change of direction puts tremendous load on this tissue and can cause it to become torn and inflamed.
  4. Shin Splints – Shin splint pain can be caused by stress on the muscles that attach to the shin bone, or by excess forces on the bone itself during running.
  5. Achilles Tendonitis – The last of the top 5 futsal injuries seen by a podiatrist involves the achilles tendon. The achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. Futsal plays put high loads through this tendon with running and jumping and can often injure it.


The top 5 Futsal Injuries seen by a Podiatrist generally respond very well to treatment. Podiatric treatment includes assessment looking at posture and movement, and analysis of how movement of your feet affects your lower limbs.
Injuries can be caused by unnatural movement patterns that can be corrected by a number of strategies:
  • Custom Foot Orthotics to address faulty foot mechanics.
  • Footwear assessment and recommendations based on the athletes individual needs.
  • Corrective exercises to address muscle weakness or imbalances.
  • Minor surgery to remove damaged or ingrown nails.

CLICK HERE to find out what signs and symptoms to look for and if you potentially have an injury. 

CLICK HERE to find out the most common futsal and football injury prevention and treatment

Seeing a Podiatrist can minimise your injury risk and maximise injury prevention.  We can help get you back on the field of play sooner and keeping you there. Contact us today. 
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Signs and symptoms of football and futsal injuries

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Signs and symptoms of common football and futsal injuries

In a previous blog, we discussed common football and futsal injuries. Injuries have different presentations based on whether they are muscle/tendon, bone, ligaments, or a combination as seen in growing pain.

So what do these injuries look like?

Growing pains

Growing pains can occur from conditions called Osgoode-schlatters or Severs. This is very common in young athletes who are growing but also training and playing at a higher intensity. With Osgoode’s we will experience pain at the front of the shin just below the knee cap. While Severs is a similar presentation in young athletes within the heel that can be recreated by grasping the heel itself. This pain is due to the bones growing faster than the tendons which is why this is a more common injury when an athlete is going through a growth spurt.

Bone futsal Injuries

Bones can be damaged from hard contact with a player or the ground in the form of a broken bone, but can also be injured from overuse in the form of a stress fracture. Pain from bone injuries can present as dull or (more likely) sharp, and can be reproduced with either movement, touch, or with increased activity.

Muscle/Tendon injuries

Muscles can be damaged from contact with other players, muscle tears or strains, or overuse which causes the tendon to take more stress. Muscle pains present with a dull ache and can hurt with touch or movement. Tendons can also be injured but are more likely to be caused from overuse.  Pain from tendon injuries can be reproduced with movement or increased activity levels such as running or jumping.

Ligament football injuries

Ligament injuries can appear similar to muscle injuries and can occur from repeated stresses or contact with other players.  Ligaments can be stretched or ruptured which can cause a sensation of instability within the joint.  Pain can feel dull or a burning sensation based on the movement and will also have an increase in swelling within the joint.

CLICK HERE to find out about football/futsal injury prevention and treatment. 

CLICK HERE to find out the most common futsal and football injuries a podiatrist treats

As professionals its our job to diagnose and treat these injuries. Contact us at ACE today. 

Futsal injury prevention and treatment

Futsal injury prevention and treatment

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Futsal injury prevention and treatment

In this blog we talk about Futsal injury prevention and treatment. Playing soccer / football can be a great activity for all ages, but like any other sport there is always an associated risk of injury. There are some injuries that are more evident in younger players such as Osgoode-schlatters or Severs, while in older players we might see more ACL, meniscus or concussion type injuries. Some common injuries are:

  • Stress fractures
  • Growing pain such as Osgoode-schlatters and Severs
  • Sprained ankles
  • Muscle strain or tears
  • Injured tendons for example Tendinopathy
  • Knee injuries such as ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL, Meniscus injury, Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Concussion
  • Shin splints
  • Foot injuries

Out of these there are 4 that stand out more than others.

Most common Injuries

  1. Shin splints – This is the overuse of the muscles along the inside of the leg. It can be related to flat feet and pronation, sudden increase in exercise, poor running posture and weakness.
  2. Ankle sprains – Its easy to sprain an ankle especially in futsal. Fast side to side movements. this can be related to foot posture, flexability and poor balance. This is the most common futsal injury.
  3. ACL injuryACL stands for Anterior cruciate ligament. This ligament is in the knee joint. It gets put under high stress during turning and pivoting. This is why its such a highly injured area.
  4. Hamstring strain – Your hamstring is placed under high stress during most activities. Jumping, running, stopping. This must be rehabilitated properly post injury due to its high load job.

CLICK HERE to find out what signs and symptoms to look for and if you potentially have an injury. 

CLICK HERE to find out the most common futsal and football injuries a podiatrist treats

Futsal injury prevention and treatment is important for every part of the body. Every injury will cause some sort of disruption to the athletes level of performance. At Ace we want to keep you on the court/field performing at your very best. See one of our health professionals to prevent injury or return to your best post injury and at a high level of performance. We are able to provide proper advice and education to better understand your injury as well as provide proper rehab exercises and make shoe recommendations.


Contact us today for an appointment. Call us on 5572 6222 or click this link to go to our contact page.

heel pain in runners

Heel Pain in Runners

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Heel Pain in Runners is one of the most common injuries that will present to a Podiatrist. There are many causes of heel pain in runners. For the purposes of this article we will focus on heel pain due to overuse, in particular Plantar Fasciitis.

What causes Heel Pain in runners?

Running is a high impact sport. During running, peak ground reaction forces are typically 2-3 times body weight. This places considerable stress on the foot structures, in particular the Plantar Fascia and heel bone. Heel pain occurs when to load going through the plantar fascia continually exceeds what the tissue can tolerate. An example of this is when we increase our training volume or intensity too quickly. In this case our body hasn’t been given adequate time to get stronger and cope with the increase in load.

Tips to Prevent Heel Pain when running

  • See a Podiatrist or Physiotherapist who can assess your Running technique and foot posture.
  • Choose the correct Running shoe for your Foot Function, a Podiatrist can guide you on this.
  • When starting a new activity or sport, start out slowly managing training load. Doing too much too soon does not allow adequate time for tissues to adapt to the increased load they are under.
  • Strength and Flexibility, engage in some strength and conditioning exercise specific to your sport.
  • Quality Sleep and Nutrition. Sleep is very important for recovery, growth and repair. Fuelling the body with the right types of foods also plays an important role in injury prevention.

How can a Podiatrist help to treat Heel Pain?

The most important part is to reduce the load in the damaged tissues. As Plantar Fasciitis is caused by excessive load in the tissue, it is desirable to reduce the load in the short term. This helps to facilitate healing.

1) There are a few useful strategies for this;

  • Foot Orthotics / insoles; Custom insoles with the appropriate design are effective in reducing the load in the Plantar Fascia
  • Strapping;Certain methods of strapping that can reduce the load in the tissue immediately leading to immediate pain relief
  • Reduce training load; by stopping or modifying running or other activities until the tissues heal and pain subsides
  • Calf muscle stretching; stretching the calf muscles has been shown to be effective in reducing the load in the Plantar Fascia

2) Increase the ability of the Tissues to take the Load

  • High Load Strength Training for Plantar Fasciitis; High load strength training is aimed at progressively and slowly increasing the load on the Plantar Fascia. This is so it can adapt to be stronger and be tolerate his forces going through it. Evidence suggests High Load Strength training may aid in quicker reduction in pain and improvements in function.


There is no need for heel pain to become a long term chronic problem. Early appropriate intervention ensures the best outcome. This ensures a quicker reduction in pain, improved function long term and reduced likelihood of reoccurrence. Custom orthotics are one of the most effective way to get out of pain and allow an increase in load.

Call us today to book with out Podiatrist and see how we can help you.

Pain coming from my back

Is my arm and leg pain coming from my back?

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Is my pain in my arms or legs coming from my back?

If you feel pain in your arms or legs, it could be coming from your spine. In addition , An injury may inflame or compress areas in your spine which irritate the nerves that control your legs and arms. After that , It can cause sharp, shooting and/or ache-like pain to spread down into your arms or legs. This is known as radicular pain.

If you have radicular pain, usually the pain in your legs or arms will be worse than the pain in your back. Your symptoms may also continue past your knee / elbow in a very particular and specific pattern. This is usually described as shooting pain and you may experience numbness or pins and needles.

Factors that may contribute to arm pain

Manual work
Work bending down
Periods of prolonged driving
Mental stress
Poor job satisfaction

How do I get rid of my pain?

Arm pain is common and can be treated through various means.

Short term relief options include:

Hydration – drinking lots of water
Walking and doing gentle exercise
Magnesium baths/sprays/tablets

Your physiotherapist can Firstly, help relieve your symptoms and secondly, determine what exactly is causing your pain. it’s important to have a a holistic approach when treating. A lot of arm and leg pain and injuries can be related to a back injury.
After conducting a thorough assessment, physiotherapists can provide specific manual therapy treatment, special exercises and gentle movements to aid in returning the nerve to its normal pain free function. It is therefore, important to seek help sooner than later to ensure that your pain does not continue for longer.

To conclude, Call or visit, Ace Health Centre anytime to speak to Book an appointment to see one of our physiotherapists for advice and pain relief options.

5 heel pain treatment home tips to get you started

5 heel pain treatment home tips to get you started

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Being a podiatrist over the years I’ve seen more plantar fasciitis and heel pain cases than probably any other injury. If you have it I can almost guarantee you know somebody else whos had it. Heel pain, if not treated properly, can stick around for years. So, before you see a health professional. Preferably a podiatrist. Heres 5 heel pain treatment home tips to get you started.

Heat in the mornings

As you know, with plantar fasciitis, it tends to be worse in the mornings, or after long periods of rest/sitting. This is because the facia (a thick band of tissue)is cold and tight. The same way your body ceases up when it’s cold. We, therefore, need to warm it up. Get it to relax, so it’s not so tight. The heat not only allows it to relax off, but it also helps bring blood to the area. Blood is essential for healing. So… Grab yourself a hot wheat pack, a hot water bottle, a hot footpath. Place your foot in it for 10 minutes, in the morning and lunchtime. It’s important not to add heat in that evening. This is the first heel pain treatment of the day for you.

Calf strength

The reason for the injury in the first place is due to the fascia not being strong or conditioned enough. Like any other injury, we need to add a strength component. Doing calf raises helps put a load through the fascia, helping it to get stronger. Depending on your level of strength and injury you can perform either double leg or single leg calf raises, and progress onto hopping. You wasn’t to be able to progress your exercises to optimize your heel pain treatment plan

Hip and glute strength

Hip and glute strength is extremely important in creating stability within the foot. It’s often something that’s missed when treating painful heels. Your hip and butt muscles are essential for an efficient gait. Creating more stability from the hip can help stop the foot from being as unstable. This, therefore, helps stop the overuse of the fascia along the bottom of the foot. This allows for the area to recover and heal a little more.

Balance for heel pain treatment

It sounds silly but a lot of people suffer from poor balance. It’s not as if you’re practicing your balance when your walking, standing or sitting. So, unless you do an activity that involves balancing, the truth is your probably not good at it. When you walk you place one foot on the floor and the other leg swings. You balance on one foot for a short period of time. If your balance is not good it will make that grounded foot very unstable. This can make the fascia in your foot, work overtime, and increase its risk of injury. Performing simple 1-foot balance exercises daily can help with this.

Wear GOOD shoes

Wearing just any shoes will not help. In fact, wearing the wrong shoes can make it worse. Sticking in a good sports shoe that has been prescribed to your foot type by a podiatrist is the best thing you can do. Stay away from very soft shoes. Soft shoes will give you short term relief but the long term will make it worse. This is a huge part of your heel pain treatment. When you get out of bed get straight into your shoes!

Exercising at home during COVID-19

Exercising at home during COVID-19

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Exercising at home during COVID-19 is important. Especially for our older generation who are scared to leave the hours. The wonders of the modern world mean doing this is much easier than it was previously. Youtube and tell health leaves no excuse for not having ideas or motivation. Heres not only some motivation but also some exercises you can do by yourself, and with a partner.

Squat your dog!

This one is a great way to have fun, and a great way to get fit and strong. People with small dogs have the advantage here!


The climb over and around your partner exercise challenge

Now this one is a little harder and does require a bit more skill and strength for both people. There are a few different options for the road you take around your partner just so you don’t get bored. See how many times you can do it and beat your own record. This is a fun way of exercising at home during COVID-19.


The Milk Bottle workout

Now, what can you find around the house to help you work out? That’s right! A milk bottle! Simple easy functional and effective. Plus you can allow the weight for each person. Check out this video for a few ideas.

The shopping bag workout

There really isn’t any excuse for not working out. This workout can be done by anybody at any age. This one is the definition of functional exercise. Now, who hasn’t picked up a shopping bag in their lifetime and put it on the kitchen side? Now its a way you can get strong and fit! Check out this vid for a few ideas.

The Shopping Bag Workout

This video does exactly what it says on the tin. Post any videos of you bustin these moves out in the carpark at the supermarket in the comments below for a week’s free training down here at the studio!

Posted by Alex Backhouse Strength & Conditioning on Friday, 28 September 2018

What else do you need for Exercising at home during COVID-19

So there you go. A few fun and functional ideas for home workouts for Exercising at home during COVID-19. Were in this together, so let’s come out of it strong and fit together! If you need more ideas then contact us for an exercise program. Contact our physios are qualified in exercise programs. The can help you exercise safely and effectively.