Active Podiatry Blog Posts

A Guide to Buying Winter Trail Running Shoes

A guide to buying Winter trail running shoes   At this time of the year, conditions underfoot are changing fast. Surfaces which were dry and hard baked are slowly turning to mush, with trails and paths becoming more slippery, and the weather getting colder and wetter. Whilst road running shoes work pretty much the same…

Read More

What Causes Black Toenails And How To Prevent Them

What causes black toenails? Unless you are a Goth who paints their toenails black, the most likely cause of a black toenail is repetitive trauma to the toes during running, walking and other active sports. The black discolouration you can see is bruising to the nail bed caused by the nail lifting from the nail…

Read More

Will a running analysis help me to avoid injury?

We all move differently. Biological variation is the norm and varying movement and posture protects our bodies from repetitive strain over time. Running, however, is a repetitive activity involving high impact forces through the musculoskeletal system over varying distances. This is particularly the case when running on roads or pavements where there is little variety…

Read More

Reasons to get up at 5 O’clock on a Sunday morning. My London Marathon 2021 blog

  Reasons to get up at 5 in the morning on a Sunday. Can’t sleep, just got in from clubbing, cows need milking, catching an early flight to jet off somewhere exotic, running the London Marathon. Yep, it’s the latter of these in my case! The 5am alarm on Sunday the 3rd of October, 2021…

Read More

How to recover from a Marathon

How to recover after a Marathon So you’ve done it! You’ve completed the Marathon. Whether it is your first one or your 10th, crossing the finish line after 26.2 miles of running is an amazing achievement and puts you in an elite group of runners worldwide who have achieved this challenge. It is also true…

Read More

Active News September – London Marathon edition

  September newsletter – London Marathon edition Well it is nearly here. After over a year of waiting, the streets of London will once again be filled with runners of all ages and abilities, myself included, to grab their slice of glory from participating with the world’s best runners in one of the biggest running…

Read More

Keep calm and carry on – My 3 top tips to avoid pre marathon stress!

Along with many thousands of others, I will be running the London marathon this Sunday, for the first time since 2014. It is a huge event and it is quite normal to be nervous, so here are my top 3 tips to calm your nerves before the big day.   1) Don’t panic! Trust in…

Read More

Dealing with a late stage injury before the marathon

Dealing with a late stage injury before the marathon Running injuries in the later stages of marathon training are unfortunately all too common. The intensity of marathon training places a lot of stress and strain on the body, especially as the long miles build up towards the end. This will seem like the worst possible…

Read More

Active News August

  Active News August Hope you all had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend – at least it didn’t rain! August has been a quieter month at Active with more people away on holiday etc, so it gave me the opportunity to take a week’s break in the Swiss Alps, enjoying the stunning scenery around Lauterbrunnen…

Read More

What can cause pain on the top of your foot?

What can cause pain on the top of your foot? Finding the cause of pain on the top of the foot can be a tricky problem to manage, as it has many causes and Dr Google isn’t always helpful in tracking down the solution. Here is a list of the 3 most common causes of…

Read More