Sports Podiatry Information

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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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 the nail simply…

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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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Orthotics

A sports podiatrist fitting a patient with orthotics

What are Orthotics? Orthotics, or Orthoses, are specialised inserts that fit into the shoe and work by reducing the magnitude of abnormal forces acting on structures in the lower limb, thereby reducing pain and improving efficiency in balance, stability and movement. Where injury has occurred as a direct or indirect result of these excessive forces,…

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Sports Injuries in Children

Just like us, children who are active and involved in sport are likely to get an injury at some point. Running, jumping, climbing, hopping skipping are all activities that place loads on the musculoskeletal system and from time to time injuries will happen. However, unlike adults, children recover quickly and in most cases after a…

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Overtraining

An athlete sitting on a running track suffering foot pain from overtraining

  Too much too soon ? As athletes we all want to improve our performance and shave those vital seconds or even minutes off our ‘PBs’ (Personal Best)!  The way to do this is to increase the intensity and frequency of training, and many amateur athletes believe that the harder and more often you train,…

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Heel That Pain – Plantar Fasciitis

A business woman at a desk suffering with heel pain

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury to the thick band of connective tissue, called the Plantar Fascia, which runs underneath the foot and gives extra support and stability when standing and walking. As it is a major load bearing structure of the foot it is predisposed to strain, especially during…

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Calf Strain

A runner with a calf problem or other sports injury

    My calf muscle hurts while running. What have I done? Calf muscle strain is caused by an injury to the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg where the calf muscle is excessively strained during sporting activity. The injury can range in severity from a minor strain to a complete or…

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