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Top 5 things to consider BEFORE you start running

Top 5 things to consider BEFORE you start running

Top 5 things to consider BEFORE you start running 1000 667 Ace Health Centre

This year, Ace Health Centre has entered a team for the Gold Coast Marathon. The Gold Coast Marathon weekend is July 6-7 and includes a range of distances for all ages and abilities!

For the kids, there are two races- a 2km and a 4km dash. For the big kids, there are the Gold Coast Airport fun run (5.7km), Southern Cross University Run (10km), Asics Half Marathon (21.1km) and the Gold Coast Marathon (42.2km). Ace Health Centre has a number of entrants in the Asics Half Marathon as well as two runners who are attempting their first ever Marathon,

There are lots of things to consider when you are planning your next (or your first) running event of any length! It is all well and good to have a goal in mind, but you need time to physically prepare your body and your mind for what you will endure on race day.

With the Gold Coast Marathon fast approaching maybe some of you are slowly but surely starting to panic because of the lack of training or because they haven’t trained at all. Something our head physio knows a thing or two about as well!

Scrambling to maximize her preparation time, Amelia compiled a list of things she really needs to get in check BEFORE starting her GC Marathon training program to maximize her chances to cross that finish line on July 7.

Small but crucial little details such as the right footwear, weather or mood, made it into her list. Despite her knowledge as a physiotherapist, Amelia found out the hard way and made mistakes you can avoid!

Here are Amelia’s top 5 things to consider before running. Read them, learn them and never forget them

 

1. ARE YOUR SHOES THE RIGHT SHOES FOR YOU?

Podiatrist are experts in all things feet! Before you start any kind of new exercise, be sure to make an appointment with a podiatrist.

They will:

– assess your gait

– evaluate your current footwear

– recommend the perfect shoes for you

– suggest where to buy the right shoes (we can’t rate anyone higher than Athlete’s Foot Pacific Fair)

– discuss the need for orthotics if required

– flag any biomechanical issues that may require further intervention from a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, remedial massage therapist or strength and conditioning coach.

 

2. ARE YOU STRONG AND FIT ENOUGH TO START RUNNING?

Over the years, running has developed a bit of a reputation for injuries. However, most running injuries occur due to overuse. If you continue to run on structures that are not strong enough to take the excessive force that running can cause, you are an injury waiting to happen! Get into the gym and build up some baseline strength and fitness before you attempt to tackle running. If you are clueless on where to start, see a physiotherapist for an assessment and to run a specific strength program.

 

3. HAVE YOU CHECKED THE WEATHER?

If you want to reduce your risk of injury when running, be sure to not only listen to what the weatherman has to say but also take a look outside on the day. Too hot? Wait till the afternoon to cool down a little. Too rainy? We live in Queensland- it won’t last long. Running in excessive heat is not recommended, especially for novice runners. Save yourself the pain and the risk of heat stroke, and wait for more suitable weather before you take on a run. Running in the rain can create slippery surfaces and puddles- both of which can lead to a fall or trip.

 

4. ARE YOU FUELING YOUR BODY FOR RUNNING?

We recommend that EVERYONE spends some time with a dietician to create an ideal eating plan for you. Consuming the right food can provide you with the fuel required for all activities, running included. As you then increase your running distances, a sports dietician can teach you more about substrate usage and when gels and fluids may improve your performance.

 

5. HAVE YOU GOT A PROGRESSIVE PROGRAMME IN PLACE?

Sure you could just run 10km every day from now until the day of the race, but there are far more superior training programs out there. Your training program should allow for enough time for the goal event (hurry up;) ), and should gradually increase work volume. There will be periods of scheduled rest and cross training to reduce the chance of overuse injuries, and it should be malleable, should injuries arise. A physiotherapist, running coach or decent podiatrist should be able to help you out with a comprehensive training program.

If you haven’t started your marathon training, then you have to start now! Amelia’s tips will help you to get the most out of a very short timeline. Who says there are no shortcuts to success?

Podiatry Bulk billing explained - ACE Health Centre

Podiatry Bulk Billing explained

Podiatry Bulk Billing explained 1000 667 Ace Health Centre

First of all, we believe that great treatment shouldn’t matter on the type of insurance cover you have or the amount of money that’s sitting in your account. At ACE Health Centre, we provide excellent podiatry services for everyone – bulk billed or not.

 

What is Bulk Billing?

To be able to Bulk Bill you must have an EPC or TCA care plan from your doctor. There is a range of assessments your doctor will need to perform to see if you qualify for bulk-billed podiatry. But if you do, your GP can provide you with up to 5 visits per year for podiatry needs.

 

What do I get out of Bulk billed podiatry visits at ACE?

Think of it as a free trial at the gym. Our sessions work pretty similarly. You’ll get a chance to see our Podiatrists, either at Clear Island Waters or Nerang for a 30-minute visit under the Medicare, Bulk Billed Podiatry care plan.

Yes, you read right! Only at ACE will you get 30min instead of 20min consults to ensure you’ll be well taken care of. Even though Medicare only pays for 20-minute podiatry sessions, we believe that the 10 minutes on top of that will make all the difference to make sure we have enough time with each patient and assess and diagnose without having to rush through things.

 

Where can I get Bulk Billed Podiatry treatments?

Our podiatrists work at our main clinic in Clear Island Waters (close to Mermaid Beach, Broadbeach, and Carrara). Alternatively, you can see Mike Luker, our head podiatrist, at Nerang (close to Gold Coast hinterland and Mudgeeraba), so regardless where you live on the Gold Coast, there’s always an ACE clinic nearby.

 

What Podiatry treatments and services can be bulk-billed?

 

Our Podiatrists at Clear Island Waters specialize in

  • Gym for strength and rehab
  • Gait analysis
  • Diabetic assessment
  • Custom orthotics
  • Verruca and wart treatment
  • Corns and callous treatment
  • Ingrown toenail surgery and more

Although a little smaller in size, our Podiatry clinic in Nerang can assist with

  • Custom orthotics
  • Verruca and wart treatment
  • Corns and callous treatment
  • Diabetic assessment
  • Ingrown toenail surgery and more

 

Get in touch with us to find out if you qualify for Bulk Billing and / or to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists at ACE Health Centre, Clear Island Waters or Nerang.

ACE dry needling treatment

Dry needling?! Don’t be scared.

Dry needling?! Don’t be scared. 1000 667 Ace Health Centre

Most people would run for the hills when they hear the word needle and even more so when those needles are about to enter their skin. Most experiences that require the use of tiny, sharp metal sticks are usually not pleasant ones. Unless we’re talking about dry needling at ACE Health Centre!

Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point treatment, is the next big thing, used around the world when it comes to pain management and pain reduction. If that sounds all a little too scientific for you then read on! Our head podiatrist, Mike Luker took the time to write down a few notes for our patients to explain what dry needling is and what it does for those who experience some form or arches and pains in their body.

What is it Dry needling?

Dry needling is the process of inserting a thin filament needle into the muscle trigger points, tendons, fascia, ligaments, etc. This helps in stimulating the healing process of the soft tissue. It, therefore, results in pain relief and a reduction in muscle tension.

Is it painful?

No, it isn’t painful. Yes, the needles are inserted in the skin, but the needles are so thin that it’s usually a pretty gentle and pleasant kind of treatment. Some people might feel a brief local twitch response or mild pain sensation such as tingling, cramping or cramping sensation but compare to those needles at the dentist or doctor, it’s a walk in the park.

Dry needling VS Acupuncture

Dry needling is often associated with acupuncture as both use the needles to speed up the healing process. However, it can be well differentiated from acupuncture based on objectives and the philosophy behind both. Unlike acupuncture, which uses the Chinese points of insertion, dry needling uses trigger points to decide points of insertion.

What are the benefits?

Dry needling is beneficial for relieving a variety of musculoskeletal problems including:

  • Acute injuries
  • Chronic injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Ball of foot pain
  • Calf pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica

Research has therefore shown that the use of needles can improve pain control, electrical and biochemical dysfunction of motor endplates and reducing muscle tension.

Consult a podiatrist at ACE Health Centre to discuss your condition and see if the treatment is for you.

A podiatrist is much more than just a foot doctor

A Podiatrist is much more than just a foot expert

A Podiatrist is much more than just a foot expert 926 639 Ace Health Centre

Not many people know that, but a Podiatrist doesn’t just treat injuries relating the feet. They are experts in their field and can diagnose, treat and manage injuries. These can be injuries concerning the feet, knees, hips and even the lower back.

What does a podiatrist treat?

On average, 1 in 6 people living on the Gold Coast has experienced foot complications in some form in their lives. A number all but surprising, considering the fact that people are up on their feet, putting all of their body weight through the soles of their feet most of the day.

Getting your feet and lower limbs checked regularly by a podiatrist can help to discover any predisposing factors.  This may help prevent much unnecessary pain and problems.

Podiatry practice is a discipline of medicine that’s obtaining recognition from people who are going through lower limb injuries. These injuries can be around the feet, the knee hip, and lower back.

Why are healthy feet and ankles so important?

People generally forget about taking care of their ankles and feet. Even though they hold by far, the most burdens of the human body. Day in Day out, they keep us balanced, absorb the vibration, and provide propulsion to allow us to move.

As you start to age people discover that their feet exhibit complications as a result of deterioration of extended years of use. Complications such as arthritis, reduced blood flow, damaged nerves may develop. With the aid of a podiatrist, they can study the cause of the problem, diagnose, and then suggest treatment strategies.

Podiatrists are experts in their respective fields

Becoming a podiatrist isn’t easy. It is an exclusive practice that necessitates the podiatry student to pass through 4 years of difficult university exams and 1000 hours of practical work.

At first sight, people believe that the feet are simply a basic portion of the human body. However, if we provide distinctive attention to how many bones, nerve fibers, connecting tissues, and joints located in the feet and ankles, and the stress that they go through, we’ll value and understand the importance of taking care of our feet.

Happy feet is the key to a happy life so make sure you get yours checked regularly by an experienced podiatrist in your area.