Why do I need podiatry?

Posted Posted in Footcare, Podiatry, Podiatry services​

Why do I need podiatry? A patient’s guide to podiatry services​ by Karen Randell. Common concerns about podiatry treatment Will it be painful? Treatment is usually pain free and should give immediate relief fromdiscomfort. Will I get an infection? All our instruments will besterilised or single use. Ourpodiatrists are trained to preventcross infection and will weargloves and aprons for yourprotection. What if I still have discomfort? We expect our patients to walkout of the clinic in completecomfort but if you do still haveproblems we will offer you a freefollow up appointment. Why is it so expensive? Our podiatrists have spent […]

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 […]

Flat feet in Children

Posted Posted in childr, Footcare

Does your child have flat feet? Parents often ask us 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. Hopefully this advice can help set some minds to rest. Children are not “little adults” Their feet and legs are not miniature versions of an adult form, as the child undergoes various lower limb changes during its first few years. If you look at an x-ray of a child’s feet, you might be surprised to note that there is […]

Doppler used to test circulation

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Doppler used to test circulation  Do you suffer from diabetes or another condition that affects blood circulation? If so then we recommend that you have a Doppler test at least once a year. However at Randell’s we will routinely test all of our patients as part of your assessment. Comparison of your Doppler results over time helps us to detect, monitor and treat any compromised circulatory problems that may exist. Sometimes problems arise from the medication that people take and we are able to refer back to the GP’s for review. High frequency acoustic sound waves are applied to the […]

Dementia and the Importance of Foot-care

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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?

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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?

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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, […]

Elderly foot-care is so important

Posted Posted in diabetes, Footcare, pain, Treatment, Uncategorised

Throughout our lifetime we will probably walk enough steps to take us four times around the world!   When you think that with each step we take, our foot will carry our entire body weight, then it is not surprising that our feet require a little attention, especially as we become elderly. One of the main effects in later life is the loss of adipose tissue, (padding), in the sole of the foot.  This tissue acts as a natural shock absorber and so, as it degenerates with the normal ageing process, we have less protection from the everyday stresses and strains. […]

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 […]