Active Podiatry Blog Posts

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

  (The above image is owned by   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…

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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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How Can We Help With Your Foot Care?

Tim Veysey-Smith examining a patient's foot

Routine foot care is the bread and butter of a podiatry practice and mine is no different! If you have unsightly and painful hard skin, find it difficult to cut your toe nails, or just like having your feet pampered, I am happy to help. I want you to feel like you are ‘walking on air’ after…

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How Can Nail Surgery Help With My Ingrown Toe Nail?

Podiatrist preparing a patient's foot for nail surgery

Ingrowing toenails can be extremely painful and sometimes, the part of the toenail that is digging in 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 our treatment of choice at Active Podiatry for many years…

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What Is Acupuncture?

Sports podiatrist treating a patient's foot with acupuncture

Western Acupuncture, or Dry Needling is an effective pain relieving treatment for persistent painful problems in the lower limbs. It is different to Chinese Acupuncture as it is based on Western medicine and an evidence based approach to pain relief. ​The treatment works by inserting tiny needles into the skin around a painful or tight…

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Would I Benefit From a 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 Infections – The Facts

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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