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Sports Podiatry Information

Shockwave Therapy – The Facts

  What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a highly effective treatment which directs a series of high-energy impulses to the affected area of an injured muscle or tendon using a specialised piece of equipment.       How does it work?  1) The treatment produces an inflammatory response around the injured…

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When is it ok to return to running after an injury?

A runner jumping in a grassy field

Dealing with running injuries as I do on a regular basis, one of the questions I most commonly get asked by runners is ‘when can I return to running?’ I know as a runner that, when you get injured, you have mixed feelings. On the one hand you obviously want to get back to running…

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Runners’ Toes

This little piggy?  We don’t pay much attention to our toes, unless its playing ‘this little piggy’ games with the kids, or if they make contact with a piece of furniture in the dark! However, our toes play an important role in stabilising our foot against the ground, contributing to a stable base of support…

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Shin Splints Explained

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…

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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

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

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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Acupuncture

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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