We will start off by introducing Professor Lorimer Moseley & David Butler, Australian pain scientists. A large amount of knowledge around pain science is derived from their work.

David Butler (photo credit to the original owner)

Lorimer Moseley (photo credit to the original owner)

Many studies have looked at the world to work out how many people suffer from lower limb pain. The statistics vary between populations, but 15-35% of the world’s population are affected by foot pain. In Australia we can estimate that nearly one in five or 20% of the population has foot and ankle pain.

The same factors stand out for groups that are at more risk of foot pain. Generally, increased age, female gender, obesity or high BMI is associated with foot pain...

Chronic pain is an epidemic. The sheer size of the problem facing our society is huge. We luckily don’t have as large an opioid/ pain killer epidemic as the USA, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a problem. 

Painful Facts from Pain Australia about public health. 

  • Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help — yet it remains one of the most neglected and misunderstood areas of healthcare.

  • One in five Australians live with chronic pain, including adolescents and children. This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65. 

  • One in five GP consultations involves a patient with chronic pain and almost five percent report severe, disabling chronic pain. 

  • The prevalence of chron...

Joe is currently part of a research team helping to create and test a questionnaire that will be used to help identify adolescent growth plate injuries. Here is a blog he prepared to help you understand these very common conditions.  

Calcaneal (Heel) Apophysitis (Growth Plate) and Tibial Tuberosity (top of shin bone) Apophysitis are very common conditions affecting around 10-15% of adolescents, with more boys experiencing pain than girls.

It affects children at different stages of their development, but generally adolescent heel pain occurs between 8 to 14 years of age, and adolescent top of shin pain occurs between 8 to 16 years of age.

Frustratingly, the kids that get struck down with this pain are the most act...

We love to see kids smiling, playing sports that they love, expanding their social circles all the while getting a healthy dose of vitamin D.

However, it’s upsetting when you see your child limping off the field saying “My foot/knee/ankle hurts”. This is a very common problem, particularly in our young super heroes as they grow.

As a parent you are caught between a rock and a hard place; you want your child to be active, fit and healthy but their sport is causing them pain. What do you do?

It is likely that your child is experiencing a problem with their growth plates. It affects boys more so than girls. More active children experience growth plate issues than the couchsurfers, as the condition is related to excessive and repetitive tugging or pull...

Repeat after me- Children's feet aren't little adult feet.  

They are incredibly different which means we need to think differently about them. 

Over the next month we hope to increase your knowledge of kids feet so we can keep your little munchkin active.  

Its likely that you are reading this because you have kids and want to learn how you can keep an eye on their feet and make sure things are 'normal'.  We'll get to what's normal and what's not normal soon but first lets think about how they develop.  

Those cute little toes and balls of softness when you look at a newborns feet - aren't they just to die for? Well the feet are so soft and squishy because they don't have any bones yet. Yes, its just sof...

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