It's winter and even though we haven't yet seen much snow or ice here, it may yet happen.
Striding out with long strides on ice can be disastrous The secret to not slipping up is to take baby steps so that you have little or no heel strike. Heel strike when striding out is the most dangerous part of the gait cycle, with a high chance of a slip injury. So....small steps to keep from slipping.
Just because summer has gone it doesn't mean we can shove our feet back into enclosed shoes without the usual care and attention they recieve in summer. One of the most common foot problems is cracked heels. On heel strike the fat pad under the heel compresses and the sides expand. If the skin is very dry it increases the likelihood of the heels to 'crack' because the skin loses it's tensile ability - it doesn't stretch very well, so fissures as a result.
A podiatrist (chiropodist) is trained to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions associated with the foot and ankle.
The following are some of the conditions podiatrists treat:
Corns & Callus (thick skin)
Warts & Verrucaes
Athlete’s Foot and Fungal Nail Infections
Conditions requiring arch supports and insoles
Foot & Ankle Injuries/Pain (heel pain/spurs)
Foot conditions associated with systemic diseases (diabetes, arthritis, neuropathy, circulatory problems).
Much of our work is aimed at prevention and education. If you are diabetic you should be having an annual diabetic foot check with your Doctor/Practice Nurse, although we will carry out a diabetic foot check automatically and provide you with necessary diabetic foot care advice.
Appointments are available between 8.00am and 6.00pm, and Friday 8am to 12.30pm
Video - Feet First in the NHS, am proud to be part of this programme
Are feet getting bigger? Radio 4 Woman's Hour
Is the sky the limit for sky high heels?
Hear me on Radio 4 Woman's Hour talking about fitness shoes with Jenny Murray and Omega Douglas from Healthy Living Magazine