Active Podiatry - Sports Podiatry for Runners & Athletes

Sports Podiatry Information

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

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common painful conditions that I treat on a regular basis in my clinics. I have lost count over the years of how many of these cases have come limping through my door! What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar Fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury to the thick band of…

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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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Blisters

What is the most common sports injury? Ankle sprain, shin splints, knee pain? Nope none of those. The humble blister is by far the most common foot injury sustained by athletes involved in impact sports, in particular endurance sports such as running and hiking. At best they are irritating, at worst they can be show…

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Ankle Sprains

A podiatrist examining a patient's ankle

  What is an ankle sprain? An ankle sprain happens when the foot rolls out excessively, causing the supporting ligaments on the outside of the ankle to stretch and tear. This usually happens when walking on uneven ground or participating in sports. How do I know if I’ve got one? There will usually be a…

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Achilles Tendinopathy

A runner on a road suffering Achilles tendon pain

  Achilles Tendon injuries are common amongst runners and active people. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and attaches the calf muscles to the foot. It is active in providing stability as the foot lands in the early contact phase of gait and in propulsion as the foot leaves the ground.…

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