Active Podiatry Blog Posts

How Can I Get Rid Of My Stubborn Verrucas?

What is a verruca? Verrucas are a viral infection of the skin which is usually picked up by walking in bare feet in an area with lots of barefoot activity, such as a swimming pool changing room or gym. The good news is that they are completely harmless and often go away naturally without treatment…

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Do I Need 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

A junior athlete

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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Am I Overtraining?

An athlete running along a road

  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

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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How To Recover From a 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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How To Fix Painful Blisters

Blister on a toe

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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Unstable Ankles. How To Deal With Ankle Sprains

  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 Tendon Injuries – The Facts

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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Stress Fractures – The Facts

  Stress fractures Stress fractures occur when there is a small hairline crack in the bone, usually in the lower limb. Common sites are the foot and lower leg. Unlike common fractures, which are caused by a sudden impact, stress fractures are caused by overuse and are therefore most common in athletes doing impact sports…

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