An ingrown toenail is a common problem if you are a dancer, especially a ballet dancer, because your toes are pushed into tights, squeezed into firm fitting dance, ballet or pointe shoes and then worked for hours repeatedly—jumping, spinning and pointing your feet. While you are dancing, your feet get very hot and sweaty, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Emotions ran high when my son’s U14 representative basketball team lost their grand final game by one point. They were frustrated, disappointed and totally devastated at the loss of their dream. Their coach sat with his head in his hands, no doubt replaying the dying minutes of the game in his mind. I wasn’t the only parent with tears in my eyes.
If you’ve ever worn a cast or moon boot to recover from an injury, you’ll remember the stiffness you felt when the brace was removed. During immobilisation, fibrous connective tissue (fascia) bundles form and stick together, like a stiff web. Once healed, you would have been prescribed exercises to ‘melt’ these bundles, and restore mobility and movement to the joint.
Awareness and preparation are the key to eating a healthy diet that supports an active lifestyle. While we all know the importance of eating well, it’s so easy to grab a bar of chocolate or skip a meal when we’re busy or exhausted – but this isn’t doing us any favours!
Physiotherapists and allied health professionals are targeting young people to help promote new biotechnological methods of managing arthritic pain in the lead up to Arthritis Awareness Week in May.