Active Podiatry Blog Posts

5 ways to fix your shin splints

5 ways to fix shin splints

  Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is a common complaint in runners that can be hard to get rid of. The tibia, along with its smaller companion the fibula, is the long bone that runs from the knee to the ankle and is an important shock absorber in running as it bends in…

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Active Podiatry Up and Running Again!

A runner jumping in a grassy field

We are now fully open again following advice from the College of Podiatry, my professional body, and  the government. Of course we are not back to normal yet and still need to ‘stay alert’. With that in mind we have put in place some extra protective measures at Active to reduce the risk of infection…

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Bunions – The Facts

      Are your bunions bothering you? Bunions are an acquired deformity of the big toe joint which can be very painful in certain shoes and reduce your efficiency in running and walking. They are caused by a gradual drifting of the big toe towards the minor toes, causing an increased angle in the…

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Maintaining Your Running Fitness And Avoiding Injury During The Covid-19 Pandemic

  Without a doubt we are living in difficult times with the current Covid-19 pandemic, and it is sometimes hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but this crisis will pass, and we will be able to go back to do the things we love to do in the company of…

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They Think It’s All Over – It Is Now…..

They Think Its All Over – It Is Now…… Well, can’t say I didn’t see it coming, and here we are. No London Marathon this Spring, postponed to, fingers crossed, October, a chiller prospect perhaps, but we may appreciate a giant street party after all the bad stuff we are going to have to get…

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Fix Your Foot Pain!

An athlete with foot pain sitting on grass

Up to 80% of the population will suffer from foot and ankle pain at some point in their lives. Whether caused by a sporting injury, a painful corn or an ingrown toe nail, foot and ankle pain can stop us from doing the exercise activites we love, whether that is going for a run, a…

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My Marathon Blog Part 2: The Road Ahead

Tim Veysey-Smith Cross Country Running

The Best Laid Plans…. Having recovered from the shock of actually getting a ballot place in the London Marathon and sorting out a charitable cause to raise money for along the way (www.forgottenfeet.org), I have started thinking about the next most important bit, the training plan. Now there are a bewildering variety of plans out…

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My Marathon Blog Part 1: But we had a deal!!

I have an arrangement with the London Marathon. It’s a fine one, and it works like this. Every year since running it in 2014, I sit down and watch the Marathon. I get emotional, tear up a bit entirely forgetting the 4 hours and 20 minutes of pain I went through and apply for the…

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Shockwave Therapy – How it can fix your foot pain fast

Patient receiving Shockwave Therapy treatment for a tendon injury

  What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? Are you suffering from heel pain or Achilles tendon pain that simply won’t go away or keeps coming back? Maybe you have tried everything and have given up hope? Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a highly effective treatment for stubborn muscle and tendon injuries where other treatments have failed.…

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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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