Active Podiatry Blog Posts

Do I need to walk 10,000 steps a day?

  A top gadget on many Christmas lists this year is a Fitbit. Sitting down to Christmas dinner with one on your wrist certainly helps with the Christmas guilt, but it only works if you use it! The accepted wisdom is that we should all be taking 10,000 steps per day for optimal health and…

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A Guide to Buying Winter Trail Running Shoes

        At this time of the year, conditions underfoot are changing fast. Surfaces which were dry and hard baked are slowly turning to mush, with trails and paths becoming more slippery, and the weather getting colder and wetter. Whilst road running shoes work pretty much the same all the year round, running…

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Active Podiatry November/December Newsletter

We are slowly heading out of the Autumn into the Winter season. I notice on my runs that the Autumn golds are turning to brown and the leaves underfoot are getting more mushy! It seems that we may have a difficult Winter ahead of us even though vaccines will soon be here to rescue us…

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A Guide to Choosing Winter Walking Boots

Thinking of getting into some Winter walking but not sure which boots to get? Here is a rough guide to selecting the right walking boot. Size Two things to bear in mind. Firstly, make sure there is some wiggle room for your toes. Your feet will expand as you walk so boots that are too…

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Open as normal during Tier 3 Restrictions

As an essential medical practice, we are exempt from closure during the current Tier 3 restrictions and will be open as normal. All scheduled appointments will continue as normal and you are welcome to book an appointment in the usual way if you have any issues with foot or ankle pain. We are confident that…

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 Why do I keep getting the same running injury?

A jogger walking along a sunny country road

  As if getting a running injury is not frustrating enough, the research evidence tells us that you are much more likely to get the same injury again in the future. Why is this? When we suffer a running related injury such as an Achilles tendinopathy, the injured structure goes through cellular changes as part…

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Fungal nail infections – the facts

Embarrasing feet? “You won’t have seen feet as bad as mine!” This is a comment I often hear before patients take off their socks and shoes but the truth is, after 20 + years in clinical practice, I probably have and there is little that can shock me these days! People are often very self-conscious…

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Athletes’ Foot – You don’t have to be an athlete to get it!

  Athlete’s Foot has been with us as long as we have been wearing shoes. Once a rare condition, it increased in the 1900s due to increased participation in sport and travel, hence the name, Athletes Foot. What causes it? Athletes Foot is caused by tiny fungal spores which live on our skin all of…

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How to Strengthen the Soleus Calf Muscle

The Soleus is one of three calf muscles that run down the back of the leg from the knee to the Achilles tendon. This group of muscles is most active at the push-off, or late stance, phase of gait, plantar flexing the foot downwards to push us off the ground. The Soleus is the shorter…

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Active Podiatry News! July Update

Active Podiatry July Update   Contents   Lockdown overuse injuries More on PPE Sandals without the guilt New opening hours Shin splints survival kit Shout out for local businesses   Lockdown overuse injuries   Since the easing of lockdown things have been busy at Active Podiatry with lots of bookings in the past few weeks…

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