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Abnormal Gait and What It Means for You

21/03/2019

Abnormal Gait

To most of us, walking feels like the most natural, carefree movement. But there is a lot of work that goes into each careful step, through our strength, coordination and balance. Abnormal gait is the term given to an unusual walking pattern – or ‘gait’ – as a result of illness, injury or general foot problems, and it can cause discomfort and pain to your lower limbs.

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Happy Feet in Later Life

11/03/2019

Foot problems don’t need to be part of old age.

As we age we start to think more about our general health, yet we often overlook our feet. We use them constantly, so it’s no wonder that joints become worn, soles lose their cushioning and skin becomes dry and painful.

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Foot Problems in Children

21/02/2019

Children’s Foot Problems

Your feet support your entire body weight, so it isn’t surprising that even kids can experience foot problems from an early age. Left untreated, these issues can return in later life and lead to further complications. Estimates suggest that foot problems affect 75% to 80% of UK adults.

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Fungal Nail Infections: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

11/02/2019

Fungal nail infections

Fungal nail infections are a relatively common problem amongst children and adults, with many cases coming to light in spring after a winter of being hidden away in socks and boots. Why not get ahead of infection and keep your toenails healthy this winter? Here’s all you need to know about this painful and unsightly problem.

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The Best Shoes for Reducing Overpronation

28/01/2019

Reducing Overpronation

When you take a step, it’s perfectly natural for your foot to roll inwards slightly. The movement even has a special name: pronation. It occurs when your weight is being transferred from your heel to the front of your foot, temporarily flattening your arch.

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Foot Strengthening for Walkers and Hikers

14/01/2019

5 Foot Strengthening Exercises for Walkers and Hikers

Being one of the few forms of exercise that is free, simple and relatively easy to do, The College of Podiatry recommends walking as a natural way to stay fit and healthy. Just walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn more than 3kg of body fat per year, as well as reducing stress and aiding better sleep.

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Top Tips for an Injury Free Winter Sports Holiday

31/12/2018

Winter Sports Holiday

Every year an increasing number of people enjoy winter sports holidays, so it’s inevitable that we see more patients with related injuries seeking professional medical help. A French market research company found there are 1.5 million Brits geared up for at least one winter sports holiday every year, with a further 2 million skiing or snowboarding on a less frequent basis.

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What Are Chilblains?

17/12/2018

What Are Chilblains?

As we head into the coldest months of the year, it’s time to think about keeping our feet warm and healthy. It’s well known that our feet play a huge part in our ability to regulate our body temperature, and while comfort is a good enough reason to keep your toes cosy, avoiding painful conditions, like chilblains, is another.

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First Shoes For Your Baby

03/12/2018

Baby’s First Shoes

While your baby is learning to walk inside, it’s recommended that you leave them to go barefoot. This helps them develop their balance and doesn’t restrict the development of their feet. But when they’re ready to get going outside, it’s time for another milestone: baby’s first shoes.

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How Much Damage Do Pointed Shoes Really Cause?

19/11/2018

pointed shoes and foot health

Since the 1950s, pointed shoes have been a fashion statement. Whether they’re skyscraper stilettos or sensible flats, shoes with pointed toes can be big trouble. Alongside other forms of footwear including ultra-high heels and flip-flops, WebMD classes pointed shoes among the worst designs for foot health.

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