If you’re a fit and active person, you might not consider yourself in need of podiatry treatment… However!
Footwear when engaging in physical activity your feet need more wiggle room. This helps prevent damage to the toe nails such as thickened nails, black nails and ingrowing nails or even loss of the nails. Once nails are damaged often they do not grow back into a normal healthy nail due to the changes within the nail bed caused by trauma.
Socks/ wearing the right socks helps prevent friction and movement within the shoe. This can prevent blister formation burning and soreness.
Changing footwear regularly is very important wearing worn down footwear that no longer has proper support can damage your entire skeleton. When a shoe is old and worn it can force your foot to land in a way that is unnatural.
Common podiatry related foot conditions associated with runners?
Plantar fasciitis, ingrowing toe nails, thickened toe nails, traumatised nails which appear black in colour, corns callous, blisters and open wounds.
Your podiatrist can help you overcome these issue and have better foot health.
New patient assessments are essential for a podiatrist to gain a greater insight on an individuals medical health. This involves a full medical history being taken from diagnosed medical conditions to surgery and all medication you may be taking. On arrival to your first appointment we suggest bringing a prescription with you to get a better understanding of all the medication you may be taking. After we have taken all the relevant medical history we will then assess the circulation and nerves to the feet. If the podiatrist has any concerns regarding your foot health a letter will be issued to your GP to request further investigate into any problems found. Undiagnosed medical conditions can be picked up during podiatry assessments.
Routine appointments to care for runner’s feet
Routine appointments are recommended for all those wanting to keep on top of there foot health. Depending on what foot problems you may have or it just being general nail cutting, it is recommended that routine appointments are between every 6-8 weeks. A 45 minute appointment allows the podiatrist to treat and apply emollient to make the feet and patient feel relaxed and regenerated whilst also allowing us to ensure quality treatment is being made.