Neuropathy

Posted Posted in Advice, circulation, diabetes, diabetes, Footcare, Information, pain, Podiatry

Understanding Neuropathy Neuropathy is a dysfunction of nerves. It can lead to loss of feeling, heightened sensitivity or abnormal/incorrect sensations. It can also affect your ability to sweat, making your skin drier. Peripheral neuropathy occurs at the periphery – feet, and hands. It can be commonly caused by certain diseases, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, side effects of medications or following chemotherapy treatments, or vitamin B12 deficiency. If your GP has checked all possible causes and cannot find a reason for it, this will be called idiopathic neuropathy. How is it diagnosed? Simple tests in the clinic using tools […]

Lymphoedema

Posted Posted in Advice, circulation, Footcare, Information, Podiatry

Lymphoedema, A swelling problem Have you noticed your feet or legs are swelling and you don’t know why? By Clare Rushmer, Podiatrist Lymphoedema is a disease which occurs when the lymphatic system fails and fluid accumulated in the affected area. It causes progressive swelling, skin changes, fluid leakage from the skin, and an increased risk of infection. It cannot be cured, but needs to be managed to prevent dangerous complications such as immobility or cellulitis, a serious bacterial skin infection. How is it Diagnosed? If lymphoedema is suspected, your GP will refer you to a specialist lymphoedema clinic. Here they […]

8 things to consider when buying children shoes

Posted Posted in Advice, childr, Footcare, Footwear, Information

Which shoe is the right shoe? Buying footwear is often a worrying time for parents, there seems a mine field of possible future problems if they get it wrong, horrid stories from relatives and friends about foot issues later in life caused by ill-fitting shoes as a child! Of course, there can be problems but generally, it isn’t too difficult so long as you bear a few things in mind. Here is a quick checklist to help make it a bit easier. Comfortable &  Secure, it’s best to have fastenings such as Laces/Velcro/T bars to prevent the foot moving which […]

The Importance of Footwear in Children

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We are all aware of the rate at which children grow and the continuous changes in size and shape, so it can be difficult to consistently buy the correct footwear every time when shopping, even more so when children participate in sport, forever shredding and wearing down the materials on trainers! Generally, when buying kids shoes there is a habitual process of: choosing a shoe type trying it on & looking in the mirror  walking up and down the store  touching the top of the shoe to make sure the big toe is not protruding into the top of the […]

Biomechanical Assessment

Biomechanics

Posted Posted in Advice, Bio-mechanics, Information, Podiatry, Uncategorised

Biomechanics and how it might help me What is biomechanics? It is one of the fields of podiatry, which involves the prevention, diagnosis and assessment of the structure, alignment and function of muscles, bones and joints of the feet and lower limb. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomechanics Podiatrists think like engineers to understand the abnormal tissue stresses that cause foot and lower extremity problems. By understanding bio-mechanics principles, we can all really help you to get over your injuries  and improve your life with the most effective treatment. https://www.randellsfootcare.co.uk/what-is-biomechanics/ What is a biomechanical assessment ? What does it involve? A biomechanical examination consists of […]

Providing Podiatry During a Pandemic

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Scariest time for business The run-up to lockdown back in March was one of the scariest times we have ever experienced in our business history, much worse than the recession back in the early 1990s and the Great recession in 2008. In the 1990s we were running high street practices in Tunbridge wells and Tonbridge and the latter recession in Norfolk.  We experienced a dip in bookings and for a while a shortage of new patients attending. However, we still had open clinics every day, just more coffee breaks than we really needed! Different scenario The arrival of Coronavirus in […]

Coronavirus

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COVID-19 UPDATE We would like to reassure our clients that during this outbreak of Coronavirus Covid-19 we are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the infection in all of our clinics. A video of the precautions we take can be seen here On arrival at our clinics you will find anti-microbial hand sanitiser for all clients to use, please apply your face mask or covering before entering the clinics. We ask for your co-operation in using these in order to protect both clients and staff. As always, the clinician will put on clean gloves and an apron at the […]

Biomechanics – What it is and Why it’s useful

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Biomechanics is one of the fields of podiatry, which involves the prevention, diagnosis and assessment of the structure, alignment and function of muscles, bones and joints of the feet and lower limb. Podiatrists think like engineers to understand the abnormal tissue stresses that cause foot and lower extremity problems. By understanding bio-mechanics principles, we can all really help you to get over your injuries  and improve your life with the most effective treatment What is a biomechanical assessment ? What does it involve? A bio-mechanical examination consists of examining the way your lower limbs work, checking for abnormalities and possible causes […]

Footwear, just how important is it?

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As well as examining the feet of Norfolk people, we as podiatrists ensure we look at the whole person and not just the hole in the person!  Footwear is always checked during appointments and we often have patients ask, “what is right for my feet?”  One common error is wearing whatever feels comfortable. Patients are often seen wearing slip on shoes with flat soles, mistakenly thinking they are good due to lack of discomfort. BUT slip on shoes don’t offer any support to our feet.  Whilst several studies have shown an increase in musculature activity whilst running barefoot and minimalist shoe wear such as […]