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Walking on Air – for all your podiatry needs

Walking on air Podiatry is committed to providing a full range of Podiatric Services for the whole family. Foot and lower problems can occur at any stage of our lives, whether be in those tentative very first steps of a young child or right the way through to an older person experiencing difficulty in walking or managing their own foot care. The range of foot and lower complications seen by Podiatrists is quite diverse. Walking on Air Podiatry provides a range of Professional Footcare services for the whole family.

Arthritis of the joints & big toe

Biomechanical assessment

Collapsed arches

Flat feet

Diabetic feet

Ingrowing nails

Toe deformities

Rheumatoid foot problems

High arches

Orthotics

Sore heels (pain and cracks)

General Foot Care

Interesting Foot Facts

The average person will walk around 185,000 km in a lifetime which equates to more than 4 times around the earth

Sweat glands in the feet produce approx 250 ml of perspiration per day

women walk on average 4.8 km more per day than the average male

Pressure on the feet when running can be as much as four times the runner's body weight

It takes approx 5-6 months to grow an entirely new toenail

The average person will take up to 10,000 steps a day

Common Foot Problems & Treatments

This is a common problem and diagnosis may be plantar fasciitis. The inflammation and irritation of the tough tissue called the fascia can be pulled and strained. Usually the pain is more apparent first thing in the morning.

Treatment

  • Rest your foot
  • Do heel and foot stretches
  • Take painkillers
  • Wear shoes which have good arch support and good support in the sole
This is one of the most common overuse injuries amongst runners. It occurs due to the iliotibial band and ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin is tight and becomes inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps to stabilise and move the joint. Progression of lateral knee pain made worse by heel striking the ground is a common symptom.

Treatment

  • Checking for leg-length discrepancy
  • Muscle imbalance/tightness
  • MRI to check for inflammation surrounding and beneath the iliotibial band
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Painkillers
  • Foam rolling the IT band
  • Strength workouts
Corns can be very painful and usually present as a hard lump on the skin with a dot in the middle. Corns and callous can be avoided by wearing shoes that fit properly and are not to narrow or tight.

Treatment

  • Removal by a podiatrist is the most effective
  • Salicylic acid is the main ingredient used in removal products
  • People with fragile skin, poor circulation or people with diabetes should not attempt to treat themselves with over the counter treatments.
This is also referred to as jumper’s knee which is pain directly over the patellar tendon. Some of the most common are sprained ligaments, meniscus tears, bursitis, dislocation of the knee, tendinitis and runners knee are all common causes. Also if old injuries haven’t healed or been treated correctly they may flare again.

Treatment

  • See a podiatrist or Physio Therapist for correct diagnosis
  • Rest
  • Ice pack
  • Painkillers
  • Elevate the knee with a pillow to reduce swelling
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises but after consulting with a physio so you don’t cause anymore damage.
  • Surgery
  • Stretching exercises before sport
  • Wear shoes that fit well and have good support in them
  • Keep thigh muscles strong with regular stretching and strengthening exercises
Heel spurs are another source of heel pain. This usually occurs due to growths of bone on the back of the heel which can be very painful. They can be caused by incorrect footwear, abnormal gait or pronation flat feet or high arches are more susceptible, or from sports activities.

Treatment

  • Wear a heel pad
  • Use an orthotic
  • Wear shoes that have good support, and good shock absorption
  • Pain killers
  • Rest
Fungal infection of the nails is common. The infection causes thickness and unsightly nails which can become painful due to the added pressure on the nails. It is commonly affected by people aged 60 and in younger people who share communal showers such as swimmers or athlethes. Nails that have been damaged due to kicking something or trauma are also more prone. You have an increased risk if you are: diabetic, have psoriasis, poor circulation, poor immune system or are in a poor state of health.

Treatment

  • Over the counter treatments
  • Oral medication only prescribed by GP due to possible side effects and effect on liver
  • Tea tree oil
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Keep feet clean and dry since fungus thrives on moist environments
  • If your feet sweat take a change of socks to work and change during the day
Metatarsalgia also known as stone bruise, is a type of pain and inflammation that occurs in the ball of the foot. It often occurs in the metatarsal heads of the feet usually in the middle of the foot. Active people can be prone due to high impact on the area from sport activities like running, jumping and badly fitting shoes. It can be due to stress fracture of the toe bones, build up of fluid in the foot, diabetes, arthritis or a Morton’s Neuroma. It can affect both men and women but is most prevalent in middle aged females.

Treatment

  • Rest
  • Loose weight if over weight
  • See your podiatrist who can strap and apply padding to off load the pressure
  • Pain killers
This is pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from the knee to the ankle. It can be very uncomfortable. People who play sports are particularly prone. Exercising too much, not wearing correct supportive footwear when playing sports, flat feet are all contributing factors.

Treatment

  • Rest
  • Ice pack to the affected area
  • Painkillers
  • Insoles to support the foot
  • Use warm ups before sports
  • Wear proper shoes with support
  • Exercises to treat tight muscles
Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) results when the toenail grows into the nail fold. It is a condition commonly seen in the big toe but is also seen in the lesser toes as well. Athletes commonly suffer from this condition and footballers. Ingrown toe nails can reoccur unless dealt with properly. It’s caused by pressure from the growth of the nail which can become trapped in the folds of the skin. Initially it can just present as a minor irritation later can progress to redness, inflammation and infection which may require antibiotics and nail surgery. It’s commonly caused by tight shoes, tight fitting socks, tight sport shoes, repeated activities such as kicking a ball, or trauma, also cutting the nails incorrectly and having a wide foot.

Treatment

  • Bathe toe in warm salty water
  • Avoid tight shoes
  • Trim nails straight across
  • Wedge a very small speck of cotton wool under the corner of the nail
  • Nail surgery
  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotics if infected
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