Active Podiatry Blog Posts

Itchy Feet. Could it be Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot What is it? 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…

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How many pairs of running shoes do you own?

How many pairs of running shoes do you own? I have a front porch full of running shoes of various kinds and various states of wear and tear which I use for different types of running. I have lost count of how many exactly but my wife will probably say too many! It really depends…

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Top tips for walking in hot weather

Top tips for walking in hot weather   I had a useful chat with a patient recently who is lucky enough to be heading off to Greece for some walking and island hopping this Summer, and he was asking me for some tips about how to maintain his foot health during his trip. When walking…

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One exercise you can do to prevent Plantar Fasciitis

One thing you can do to prevent Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fasciitis, or strain to the Plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot, is the most common cause of heel pain, and if you have suffered from this you will know it can set you back weeks if not months, making exercise activities miserable if…

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Stress Fractures – The Facts

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

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Ice or Heat? Which is best for an injury?

  Ice or heat?¬†Which is best for an injury?   Ice is nice, right? When something feels sore, putting an ice pack on it seems like a natural thing to do. It numbs the pain, cools the area down and feels nice. But is it always the best thing for an injury?   What does…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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