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19 03, 2018

Podiatrists: Previously known as Chiropodists

By | 2018-03-19T15:36:48+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

A podiatrist is a health care practitioner who can assess, diagnose and treat disorders of the lower limb. The terms chiropodist and podiatrist are used by practitioners and although both podiatrist and chiropodist are currently interchangeable terms, there is a move by a lot of podiatrists to move away from the term chiropodist. To become a podiatrist, you must have completed an honours degree level course which includes 1000 hours of clinical practice. Podiatry students study areas including anatomy, physiology, medicine, biomechanics, clinical practice and much more. Once qualified, a podiatrist is an autonomous practitioner who can deliver the treatment [...]

16 01, 2017

Thickened nails, what’s the big deal?

By | 2018-01-22T14:51:39+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Thickened nails, what’s the big deal? You may well have thickened nails, and it could be a source of embarrassment, or perhaps even pain to you. It is quite a common condition that has several causes. Infection A fungal infection can cause toenails to thicken and to change colour. There are a number of treatment options for this common condition, including topical medication and oral medication. Trauma Trauma can be a one off incident or repetitive trauma caused by ill-fitting footwear. Pressure can change the way a nail grows, and these changes can be permanent. Risk The risks associated with [...]

17 10, 2016

Should I Do Something About My Verruca?

By | 2016-10-17T08:12:06+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Should I Do Something About My Verruca? Verrucae are a common problem that affect many of us, and they are usually benign in nature. However, they can cause discomfort or considerable embarrassment for some people. Verrucae are caused by a virus, and it is notoriously difficult to treat virus with medication, hence the reason why we still suffer from verruca and even the common cold. If a verruca isn't causing pain or embarrassment, leaving alone may well be the best course of action. The vast majority of verrucae will resolve at some point without any treatment anyway. So, its causing [...]

25 07, 2016

Pokemon Fever is taking the world by storm – but at what

By | 2018-01-22T14:51:39+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Pokemon fever is taking the world by storm, (they've even invaded the clinic!) and as a consequence is causing many people to become much more active. There is however a side effect, the very real problem of foot pain from this sudden increase in activity. The news and media are covering lots of stories of people injuring themselves whilst hunting the little monsters, mostly through spending too long on their feet. The tissues in the foot are susceptible to injury just like any other part of the body. Feet are capable of holding us up all day long and carrying us [...]

21 07, 2016

We’re hiring! Physiotherapist required.

By | 2016-07-21T11:55:42+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Thanks to our commitment to excellence we are still growing! We need an exceptional physiotherapist to join our team. You are more than a physio though, you have a passion for your profession that is impossible to contain. You ooze customer service, aim to delight your patients, and love to work in a busy environment. The clinic is a truly fantastic place to work, brilliant friendly staff, a loyal customer base and a reputation that has been hard won. We provide full time Reception and Administrative support and a large, spacious consultation room within our stunning Victorian clinic. The case load is MSK and [...]

19 07, 2016

Physiotherapy – The quickest road to recovery?

By | 2018-01-22T14:51:39+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

If you are in pain where do you turn to? Do you suffer in silence? Self-treat with Ibuprofen and Deep Heat? Or do you make an appointment with your GP? I think the majority of us will adopt the very British stiff upper lip approach and suffer in silence. We hear many patients say that they just don’t have time to seek treatment but if your car broke down you’d take it straight to the garage so why is it not the same for our bodies? Early treatment leads to a quicker resolution however that’s not to say that our [...]

12 07, 2016

Duchess of Cambridge’s feet come under scrutiny during visit to the Gandhi museum

By | 2018-01-22T14:51:39+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the Duchess of Cambridge during her much publicised visit to the Gandhi museum. The media were very quick to point out that her feet needed some care and attention, ignoring the fact that every other inch of her was flawless! So what exactly is wrong with Kate’s feet? An article in the Daily Mail explains that it looks like Kate has the start of a corn on her little toe possibly caused by wearing pointed, high-heeled shoes usually favoured by the Duchess. High heels cause excessive pressure on the toes and the ball [...]

11 03, 2016

Can you buy custom made orthotics online?

By | 2018-01-22T14:51:39+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

This is a question that we get asked many times and the simple answer to this question is yes, you can buy custom made orthotics online. However there are certain drawbacks to doing so. Firstly, custom orthotics are unique to each individual person. If you can buy the orthotics without actually being seen by a Podiatrist, how can this be achieved? An online company will send a kit through the post which enables you to take a cast of your feet. You then send the cast back to the company and they will manufacture your custom orthotics. If you have [...]

1 03, 2016

What is a Biomechanical Assessment?

By | 2018-01-22T14:51:39+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A Biomechanical Assessment involves a complex evaluation of the feet, legs and body position whilst weight bearing and non-weight bearing. The information gained from a biomechanical assessment forms the basis for a rehabilitation programme, or if the problem is mechanical - an orthotic prescription. We would recommend a biomechanical assessment for patients experiencing pain in their feet or lower limbs as this can sometimes be due to a biomechanical fault. This type of assessment is the starting point for understanding the cause of your pain, where it has originated from and how we can help you to treat it. The [...]

25 02, 2016

Are my child’s feet normal?

By | 2016-02-15T17:24:10+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

As a Podiatrist I often get asked "What is normal?" when it comes to children’s feet. One of the main concerns is flat feet and whether this will lead to children having problems in the future. Let’s take a closer look at what’s normal and when to seek advice. Most children are born with flat feet, as their arch is yet to form. This should develop around the age of 3 to 4 years. There are two types of flat foot, which are flexible and rigid. Flexible Flat Feet Nearly all children will have flexible flat feet. Generally flexible flat [...]