Active Podiatry - Sports Podiatry for Runners & Athletes

Sports Podiatry Information

Shin Splints

podiatry treatment for shin splints

My shins hurt when I run. Have I got shin splints? Shin splints, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, is a general term to describe pain at the front of the lower leg, generally in the shin bone when running. It can also be experienced when walking quickly. What causes it? Stress on the…

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Forefoot Pain

An athlete with foot pain sitting on grass

I am getting pain in the front of my foot and I can’t work out what’s going wrong! Pain in the front of the foot or forefoot pain, sometimes known as Metatarsalgia, is a common cause of foot pain but can be quite frustrating for runners to self diagnose via Dr Google as it does…

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Athlete’s Foot

podiatrist examining a patient with athletes foot

What is Athlete’s Foot? Athlete’s foot is caused by a micro-fungus which infects the skin. The skin can become itchy, red and sore or white soggy and cracked in between the toes. It can spread to the nails, causing a fungal nail infection which can be very hard to treat. I’m no athlete! How did…

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Corns & Calluses

Patient with corns on their toes

A normal thickening of the skin of the foot in response to pressure. If painful they can be removed painlessly with a sharp scalpel. If persistent they can be offloaded with an orthotic insole in the shoe to reduce pressure on that part of the foot. Click here to learn more about how orthotics can…

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Routine Foot Care

Tim Veysey-Smith examining a patient's foot

Routine foot care is the bread and butter of a podiatry practice and mine is no different! If you have unsightly and painful hard skin, find it difficult to cut your toe nails, or just like having your feet pampered, I am happy to help. I want you to feel like you are ‘walking on air’ after…

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Nail Surgery

Podiatrist preparing a patient's foot for nail surgery

In certain circumstances, despite conservative treatment, some toe nails may need to be removed to prevent the condition worsening. Partial or total removal of the nail under local anaesthetic is a highly successful technique which has been used by Podiatrists for many years to treat all different types of painful nail conditions – from nails which…

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Sports podiatrist treating a patient's foot with acupuncture

I am really pleased to be now offering Acupuncture and Dry Needling for pain relief following an intensive training course. Western Acupuncture, or Dry Needling is an effective treatment for persistent painful problems in the lower limbs. ​The treatment works by inserting tiny needles into the skin to stimulate nerve fibres increasing blood flow, releasing natural…

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Gait Analysis

Sports podiatrist using a treadmill for gait analysis

Gait analysis is literally watching you walk! The aim is to check movement patterns which may be contributing to injury or pain. ​This may be as simple as watching you walk up and down in the corridor using the Mk 1 Eyeball, right up to more complex assessments using a treadmill with multiple cameras to…

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Fungal Nail Problems

A patient with a fungal toe nail problem

The Problem – Fungal Toe Nails Fungal infection of the toe nails is a common complaint affecting 30% of the population. Once established on the nail bed, it distorts the shape of the nail, causing it to become discoloured and thickened. It is very resistant to treatments as  topical anti fungal treatments applied  on to…

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Sports podiatrist examining a patient with verrucas

Verruca needling, also known as ‘Falknor’s Needling Technique,’ is an innovative and highly effective treatment for stubborn verrucas which just will not go away. Common verruca treatments, such as cryotherapy (freezing), or chemical caustics such as Salicylic Acid work by creating a themal or chemical burn in and around the verruca. This aims to resolve the verruca…

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