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Thursday, 29 April 2021 00:00

Be Free of Toenail Fungus for Spring

Don't hide your feet when the weather gets warm. Get treated for fungal nails, and wear sandals and open-toed shoes with confidence. Step into spring with confidence!

Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

What Causes a Stress Fracture to Occur?

Stress fractures occur over time, with a moderate amount of pressure being applied to a bone which eventually can cause it to break without dislocating it—as is often the case with a sudden traumatic bone fracture. Because the feet and ankles bear the weight of our bodies every day, stress fractures in these areas are not unusual. The repetitive movements of everyday activities such as running, standing and walking apply steady force which can weaken the bone. This causes a stress reaction which may lead to the bone eventually breaking. Stress fractures typically occur in either athletes who can wear out their feet and ankles through overuse, and people with insufficient density in their bones due to conditions such as osteoporosis. However, having a bunion which can shift weight distribution, wearing high heels, starting a new high impact activity, or increasing the intensity and frequency of workouts suddenly can also increase the likelihood of a stress fracture. If you are experiencing any weakness or fatigue in your ankles, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can help you maintain optimal foot and ankle health.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our clinicians from The Footcare Centre. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Weybridge, UK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 April 2021 12:00

What is Practice Accreditation

The aim of the Practice Accreditation Scheme is to help ensure best practice, achieve a high standard of care to patients and to ensure the correct protocols and procedures are followed to practice safely and effectively within the profession.

As an Accredited Practice, we have been audited to ensure that we:

  • Adhere to NICE guidelines.
  • All our decontamination processes and infection control are in place.
  • Adhere to all clinical standards set by the College of Podiatry.
  • Audit notes and that we have peer review scheme in place.
  • Comply with GDPR and patient confidentiality.
  • Have a clear fee structure.
  • Undertake in depth treatment planning.
  • Undertake onward referral to other specialisms including vascular, podiatric surgery, orthopaedic surgery, GP, physiotherapy, Diabetology.
  • Have safeguarding processes in place (adult and child).
  • And many more.

For further information, please visit The Royal College of Podiatry’s website on Accreditation here: https://cop.org.uk/membership/membership-benefits/practice-accreditation

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