I have decided to go on a bit of a mission. The jobs section at Podiatry Arena has always been busy with lots of jobs being posted. I know from the site’s search engine statistics that the keyword ‘Podiatry Arena jobs’ is searched for often. There are many places to find podiatry jobs, with some employers going to more lengths that others to get the work out. So I have decided to take it to the next level and create a central repository for podiatry jobs world wide on the PodiaPaedia site. There have always been the My Podiatry Jobs and the Podiatrist Jobs websites, but neither of them have really taken off.
What I want to do is create “THE” one stop resource for all things ‘podiatry jobs’. The one place the employers and prospective employees can go to to find a good listing of almost all podiatry jobs going … well, at least that is the plan.
If you see it anywhere, please head over and support it.
True growing pains in children are not really a problem of any great significance. They are generally minor and self limiting. They can be distressing when they occur and wake the child from sleep. gentle rubbing, a bit of stretching and reassurance is all that is generally needed to get them back to sleep.
HOWEVER the symptoms need to be taken very seriously. On rare occasions the symptoms that are typical in the benign growing pains can be the same as some very serious conditions such as bone tumors. That means every case of suspected growing pains needs to be thoroughly checked out and investigated to rule out the more serious causes.
They typically growing pain symptoms happen in the early evening just after bed time (they do not happen during the day). They are typically behind the knee and in the upper calf muscles (they are not in the bone or in the joints. If the growing pains do not match those symptoms, then get them checked out for something else.
Like a lot of other things (eg supination resistance, windlass function, and “overpronation”), the Lunge Test is something I talk about and write about a lot. The main reason being is that it is a clinical text that is supported by a lot of evidence regarding its reliability and validity, especially it link to injury. Not a lot of the clinical tests that are traditionally done tick as many boxes.
The lunge test is well documented online, but is a clinical weight-beairng test of the range of motion of the ankle joint. A couple of studies have now linked a limitation in it to injuries in footballers.
My preference is to actually do the test in shoes on top of any foot orthotics that they have to see if they can reach the required 35 or so degrees that is considered normal.
Like a lot of other topics (eg overpronation and supination resistance), I have a lot to say about the windlass mechanism of the foot. The windlass mechanism is the foot’s own natural way of supporting it self, so it is crucial that it function well and there be nothing wrong with the way that it works. Interventions used to treat foot and lower limb problems need to facilitate rather than inhibit that mechanism
Podiatry Arena has a lot of valuable information and threads on the windlass mechanism including all of the research published over many years and I wrote about our research and all of the windlass dysfunctions at my running blog. I have just been tasked with sorting the windlass mechanism page at PodiaPaedia, so looking forward to sorting that out.