High Heels – is it worth it?

Posted Posted in Advice, Footwear, Neuroma, pain, Uncategorised

Ladies, we all love wearing high heels right?  We feel elegant, taller and just fabulous when we put a pair on! However, there is a reason our feet throb in pain after about an hour of wearing stilettos. Yes, you all know that feeling of pulling your foot out of the heels when the night has finished and wincing in pain. This is because, high heels – alas – are just no good for our feet!   If you wear high heels on rare occasions, at a party or wedding, there won’t be any long-lasting damage. However, if you wear […]

Footballers’ Feet: What are they like?

Posted Posted in Advice, Footcare, Podiatry, Podiatry services​

In my experience as a Randell’s Footcare podiatrist working with professional footballers, I have found two well defined stages during the football season. The bad one and the worst. Blisters, calluses, damaged nails Despite what we might think (that footballers must have perfect feet), in contrast, once inside the treatment room you find completely the opposite. Blisters, callus, bruised nails, damaged nails or even no nails!  Sometimes our mission is just to make things a bit easier for them. Sometimes they just need advice to find the way to keep their feet in tiptop condition. In some cases we need […]

Dementia and the Importance of Foot-care

Posted Posted in Advice, Footcare, Information, Treatment

DON´T FORGET ME Why is good foot-care so important for people with dementia? People with dementia can be prone to a loss of elasticity, sensitivity and padding in their feet. They can also suffer with collapsed arches and poor blood circulation. In addition to all this, dementia can cause unsteadiness, which in turn can lead to increased risk of falls and broken bones. Good footcare can minimise the risks associated with all of these problems and keep feet in the best posible condition. How can I help a person with dementia care for their feet? · Pay attention to footwear: […]

Why are my feet so sweaty?

Posted Posted in Advice, Footcare, Information

Sweaty feet can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.However, you don’t have to just put up with it…. read on to see how we can helpWhy do feet sweat so much?There are more sweat glands in our feet than anywhere else in the body. Sweat glands in the feet are also particularly active.They secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise.In short, even healthy feet sweat a lot. It’s just a part of our anatomy! What if the sweating is really excessive?You could be suffering from a condition known as hyperhidrosis. Signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis:· Your feet sweat […]

Why do my feet Smell so badly?

Posted Posted in Advice, Footcare

Why do my feet smell?Stinky feet can be really embarrassing and anti-social.Ever wondered what causes the stench?Well it’s all to do with sweat and bacteria. Our feet sweat in order to keep the skin supple and moist and to help us regulate our temperature. However, when this sweat gets trapped in socks and shoes, it can create the perfect conditions for bacteria to thrive; warm, moist and dark. Sweat has a mild odour of it’s own but it is the bacteria that really cause the reek. Bacteria helps the sweat decompose and this releases a cheesy odour. The medical name […]

Slow pulse rate found with Doppler

Posted Posted in Advice, circulation, Footcare

Mrs DW   Sheringham This lady came for her regular treatment, she had no health issues except that she was feeling a bit rundown and tired, her usual list of medication had not changed for a while., during treatment I noted that her feet were quite cold, but it was a cold December day. Towards the end of her foot treatment I listened with my Doppler to her foot pulses.  They were easy to find but her actual pulse was slow, about 44 bpm. I explained that this would account for her cold feet and possibly why she was feeling tired, […]

Why are my feet so sensitive?

Posted Posted in Advice, Footcare, Neuroma, Treatment

People often ask about the causes and treatments for sensitive feet. Their symptoms can vary greatly; some might only experience a mild tingling, others extremely ticklish, sensitive feet or a constant burning feeling, maybe it’s a sharp pain that is worse at night or an extreme sensitivity to touch, making the weight of a sheet unbearable. Some people find that every pebble or change in the ground can be felt even with firm shoes on.Our Podiatrists have found that some of the most common reasons for this condition include: NeuropathyYour feet may be overly sensitive due to issues with your […]

Bunions…. do you suffer from one?

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Do you suffer with Bunions? Appearance: A bunion is a deformity that occurs in the first toe (metatarsal-phalangeal) joint – You may notice it as a bony lump at the base of the big toe.  Bunions more commonly occur with age, can be unsightly and are often painful as they form. Causes: This is usually a hereditary problem, we inherit the shape of foot that later develops a bunion deformity but there are other causes. Poor footwear, high levels of sports and foot type, (such as flat foot), are all common contributing factors. Prevention is, of course, always better than […]

Everything you need to know about fungal nails and how to treat them

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What is Fungal Nail? Fungal nail is a contagious condition that generally starts in one nail and will gradually spread to the others. Its also known as Onychomycosis. Toenails are most commonly affected but you can get it in fingernails too. It can be caused by many different types of fungi (yeasts or moulds) that live in the environment. Small cracks in your nail or the surrounding skin can allow these germs to enter your nail and cause an infection. It is very slow growing and therefore often people just assume that the changes are just part of the ageing […]