Walking for fitness and health and well being
Walking is one of the best forms of activity you can do for your mental and physical health. Being out among greenery, trees and plants reduces stress levels and improves mood, studies have shown.
Physically, joints and muscles get strengthened as well as the benefit of improved cardiovascular – heart and lung- health.
However, wearing the right type of footwear during your walks is important. We have become increasingly demanding of what our shoes should provide for us.
Now, it’s not only comfort, but support to reduce injuries, waterproofing to keep our feet dry, a lighter weight for improved performance and that they look smart and with the latest fashion. No wonder we sometimes struggle to find the best shoes for our feet.
As podiatrists we see foot problems brought on by poor footwear daily. The most common problem is a shoe/boot that is too narrow. Taking the insole out of your walking...
Verruca or warts are skin lesions that mostly develop on the hand or plantar foot. (There are other types of verruca, however this is written with hand and foot warts in mind). They are produced by a virus called a human papilloma virus (HPV).
Verruca can be painful or cause distress by being unsightly, and they can also be difficult to treat with standard treatments. Most over the counter products are not particularly effective.
SWIFT VERRUCA TREATMENT
SWIFT therapy for verruca uses microwaves to heat the tissue just above normal temperature. Swift is a UK researched and produced technology introduced and licensed for use for verrucae in 2016.
What are the benefits of SWIFT treatment ?
Consistency - SWIFT THERAPY consistently cures your verrucae with a high cure rate
Cleanliness - no more dressings or toxic chemicals, and you can go back to all your activities on the same day
Convenience - SWIFT...
Children's flat feet
Young children have flat feet. In fact development of the foot arch takes in some cases ten years to develop. I often get concerned parents who have looked at their children’s gait and foot posture and have wondered if their children’s feet are normal. In most cases they are. However there are some feet that don’t develop an arch and although this may not cause problems later in life, it can be difficult to know.
Who to treat?
There are some clues however for parents: if your child avoids running or other high intensity activities. If they prefer to be sedentary, or complain about growing pains this can be a sign that they would benefit from arch supports. The ‘growing pains’ may be difficult to discern for your children. They may say they have pain in their feet or legs, but when you ask where exactly the pain is, they can’t tell you. They may want to be carried a lot and feel tired or have achy feet. In other...
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Most people are unaware of the different treatments a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist do. They are both fully qualified and specialise in all injuries and problems to do with lower legs from the hip, knees, and feet. Please find details below:
Chiropodist Treat anyone of any age with :
- Fungal infections
- Callus Build up
- Ingrowing Toe Nails
- Nail cuttings
- Nail reconstruction
- Corn Removals
Anything that involves, the feet, skin or nails
Podiatrist Treats anyone of any age :
- Foot pain
- Bones injury
- Fractures and Sprains
- Tendon / Ligament problems
- Heel pain
- Growing Pains .
Here at south London foot clinic we are happy to help as many people as possible who are experiencing foot pain, or problems and get them back into the activities they enjoy doing pain free and with comfort.
School Shoes For children
Getting the right shoes for your child
Shoes are possibly the most important ‘clothing’ you buy for your child. A child can wear clothes that are too small or large, be uncomfortable but not get long term problems from them. However not wearing the right shoes can cause long term and even permanent damage to your child’s feet. Gait compensation as a result of foot pain and deformity can lead to painful knees, hips and lower backs. No wonder there are so many teenagers and young adults with painful knees and backs!
Therefore, getting the right shoes for your children is a responsibility that should be a high priority for all parents. Many parents rush to the shop, especially just before school start, and are shopping for the cheapest shoes. This is not advisable as sturdy, good quality shoes are oftentimes a little dearer. Following is a guide for parents when getting shoes for their children and also how to maintain good foot...
What does a podiatrist do?
To become a podiatrist you must study a 3-year degree before you can start treating patients. Podiatrists have been trained to diagnose and treat all lower limb, feet abnormalities, knees and hip conditions. The focus during training is on helping to prevent or correct different kinds of deformity and pain and to help to keep people mobile, active and pain free.
Many people have heard about us but do not have a clear indication on what we do. people with foot injuries are unsure on who to turn to for help or where to go, most people will turn to their gp’s for help, or go to the nearest hospital. But you should see a podiatrist, they work with all ages including, children, adults, and the elderly. Most of the time that foot pain is left untreated or undiagnosed there can be further problems or complications.
Now that we are called podiatrists (before we were chiropodists) we can divide treatments that we do into:
Our big toes take 50% of our body weight when we walk and help us to balance. Big Toes are often ignored unless there is pain or a problem. Most toe pain are a result of injury or minor underlying medical conditions. Most toe pain conditions can be treated. Please find some information below on why you may be getting toe pain.
Bunions can become very painful over time if left untreated. Bunions are bony bumps that form on the side of the big toe joint.
If you notice that
Sometimes you may also get pain along the side of the joint or toe. These are clear signs that you have developed a bunion. Bunions do not go away on there own but there are certain things you can do to ease the pain. Wear wide shoes with an adjustable strap or lace, and a small heel. Apply ice to the bunion for 5...
8 Simple Ways To Avoid Exercise Induced Injury
Now that we have started a new year with new years resolutions still present in our minds, I thought I would try to help you avoid getting another exercise induced injury. Specifically, how to best reduce the risk of injury upon resuming exercise after a prolonged period of time away from exercise.
The reason behind this is very simple: Without fail, each and every mid-late January, I get an influx of people coming into the clinic with an array of injuries that include lower limb tendinopathies (achilles & plantar fascia), calf/knee pain, and lower back pain, that were all sustained during an attempt to try and get "fit and healthy" for their New Year's resolution. ie. They resumed exercise after a prolonged period away from exercise.
For the most part, a majority of these injuries are due to the obvious: A rapid increase in exercise volume and intensity from previous levels of physical activity. However, a majority of...
In-growing toenails are more common than you might think. We often see patients who have struggled with a painful toenail that became infected. They then go and see the GP who offers them antibiotics. This just temporarily solves the problem, and the pain returns once the antibiotics wear off.
This article should inform you of what an ingrown toenail is, how you might get an ingrown toenail, and how to treat this problem.
Characteristics of an in growing nail
Infection may be present where the nail may have the following addition of symptoms:
Footwear- Chose The Right Foot Wear
As podiatrists we get questions every day on what type of shoes are going to help their foot work better and help them to get pain free. We are getting this question more and more frequently. This suggests that podiatrists are doing their job of educating the public and is a reason to be encouraged!
As foot wear is the cause of up to half of all foot problems, it certainly is a pertinent question. Studies have shown that 75% of women wear a size too small!! Sorry ladies ... it's true.
A quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet and all these structures should be allowed to have some natural movement when we walk and stand during the day.
Podiatrists are experts at checking and recommending shoes and making sure you get the right shoe size for your feet!
High-heeled shoes are probably the worst type of shoes to wear if you have foot pain as they transfer all your body weight towards the forefoot. All the joints in the...