Worried parents? We are often approached by parents concerned about their children complaining of painful feet and lower limbs. If this is something that affects your child, then should you be worried? Children can express pain from a young age, although it can be tricky to identify the source of the pain in very young infants. When it is occurring regularly, or the pain is very intense, it may indicate that a foot assessment might be necessary. Recurrent limb pain in childhood Typically, children complain of aching in their lower extremities in the late afternoon and evening. Over the years […]
Did you know…? As time goes by, our bodies undergo many changes. Our toe nails are no exception and will be affected by a series of alterations throughout our lifetime. These changes, in turn, will be influenced by our different habits and routines. The main changes will affect the colour and shape of the nails. Why and how? Sport or daily-life related injuries, can affect both colour and the form of the nail. Unfortunately these changes to the nail’s appearance are often permanent. Typical bad habits, such as incorrect cutting of the nails over many years, are likely to cause […]
Specialists in podiatry and bio-mechanics Our feet are the only things that support us against the ground and the way they do this influences the rest of our body’s posture. We are specialists in podiatry and bio-mechanics. Particularly interested in the bio-mechanical studies which serve to assess which type of treatment is the most appropriate for our patients. Examples of this are: advising certain exercises, the wearing of bespoke orthotics (insoles) and of course footwear recommendations. Observation tests First of all we carry out a static analysis of our patient, this is so we can observe the patient standing while […]
Are your feet ready for the big reveal? Research has found that almost half of UK women cover up their feet during summer, with many citing hard, dry skin,discoloured nails and cracked heels as the main reasons why. Want perfect summer feet? Try these simple steps If the thought of showing your tootsies off in sandals is bringing you out in a cold sweat, don’t worry. Sort out the problems now and you’ll dare to bare them in no time!! PALE NAILS, A GOOD ARCH AND NO ODD LUMPS Healthy feet do not necessarily need to be perfectly […]
A Spanish Podiatrist working in the UK Ever wondered about working as a podiatrist abroad? I always dreamt of experiencing England first hand. I never imagined it would be possible to realise this dream, whilst at the same time continue to pursue my career. Having completed high school, I embarked upon a two-year course in sports coaching which opened the door to becoming a podiatrist. I chose Barcelona University because of its outstanding reputation and great location, not to mention the distance from my “beloved” Mallorca. On completion of my degree I was given the opportunity to work at Dr […]
Podiatry Assistants – Who are they and what do they do? Podiatry Assistant Role Explained Randell’s Footcare are fortunate enough to have three podiatry assistants, Christine, Debbie and Nicky, currently working within five of the clinics. As the role is relatively new, we thought it might be interesting to hear a little about what they can do. Podiatry assistants provide general foot care. This includes nail cutting and reduction, removal of light callus (hard skin) and assessment and promotion of foot health. How it works Within an organisation, podiatry assistants work independently, but in close contact with podiatrists. This […]
So many people ask us what is the difference between a Chiropodist and Podiatrist and we answer that nowadays there is no difference. Our society; the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists introduced the term Podiatrist in 1993 as it’s the internationally recognised name for a foot specialist and also to help distinguish State Registered Chiropodists (those that had undertaken a 3 year training course) from Chiropodists that had done a home study course. Nowadays both titles are protected and anyone calling themselves either title have to be registered and regulated by the Health Profession Council (HPC) Health Professions Council Podiatry […]
It was time earlier this year to re-apply for our accreditation with the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists. For the staff here at Randell’s, this is just the end result of an ongoing process, whereby we ensure that all of our premises are maintained at the highest standards, and that all of our staff undertake Continued Professional Development, to remain up to date with all the latest Podiatry practices and procedures. For Matt Allen, our Practice Manager, there was much collating of paperwork; ticking of boxes; crossing of t’s; and dotting of i’s. It’s a good job he’s so patient […]
In the past few years of practice, numerous parents have visited the clinic to enquire if it is necessary to treat a child for flat feet. Obviously they are concerned for the welfare and well-being of their children, so there is nothing “silly” about such requests and acts of devotion to their children. Hopefully this short piece can help set some minds to rest.
I have been qualified as a podiatry assistant for five years and work within Randell’s Footcare. There are three podiatry assistants in the practice. The practice has seven clinics in Norfolk and I am based at two of these clinics. I also do domiciliary visits for patients who have become unable to attend my clinics.