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 […]

Glasgow to Norwich, a podiatry journey explained

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Leaving high school my interest in sports and fitness led me to studying sports coaching. On completion of this course, I took a year out to work and save money to travel.  Returning I wanted to use the skills I had gained from studying sports to transfer into a medical related field so with a bit of encouragement from family I decided to choose Podiatry. Glasgow Caledonian University Studying for four years and gaining my BSc Hons degree in Podiatry from Glasgow Caledonian University has equipped me well for the role. The exposure was great. I have been lucky enough to […]

High Heels – is it worth it?

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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 […]

Patient Stories

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Mrs FW Fakenham – Fungal nail infections  [metaslider id=2439] FW has been coming to see us for the past 4 years. Most of her toenails had a chronic fungal infection that made them appear discoloured, thickened and painful to cut. Mrs W had stopped wearing any kind of open toe sandals or shoes that would show even a glimmer of her nails as she was so embarrassed by them. This was a great shame as she loved to holiday in Florida and Madeira regularly. At first, we suggested that she try one of our topical anti-fungal treatments alongside having all […]

Elderly foot-care is so important

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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. […]

Ingrown Toenails

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In-growing Toenails       Symptoms and treatments In-growing toenails can be excruciatingly painful and can cause a lot of misery. Many people suffer un-necessarily with this condition, sometimes for years at a time. The good news is there is help available that will have you back on your feet in no time. In-growing toenails occur when the nail, or a splinter of the nail, digs in and pierces the flesh of the toe. As well as being very painful they can also be prone to infection. Often the toe is swollen, red, produces pus and can bleed. Most commonly it […]

A Spanish Podiatrist working in the UK

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[metaslider id=1656] 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 […]

Chiropodist / Podiatrist: What’s in a name?

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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 […]

the society of chiropodists and podiatrists accredited practice

It’s Official!

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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 […]