Active Podiatry Blog Posts

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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Our toes. Why are they important in running?

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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What is Causing my 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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Itchy Feet. Could it be 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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What Are Corns & Calluses?

Calluses are a normal thickening of the skin of the foot in response to generalised pressure on the skin. If they are not uncomfortable they are best left alone as they do offer some protection. If painful they can be removed painlessly with a sharp scalpel by a Podiatrist. Corns are a very localised thickening…

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