Achieving Peak Performance: Podiatry Secrets for Runners’ Foot Health

As a runner, your feet bear the brunt of your passion, enduring countless strides and miles. Today, we invite you to discover the hidden secrets of foot health that can optimize your running performance and help you reach new heights in your athletic journey.

  1. The Anatomy of a Runner’s Foot: Understanding the unique biomechanics of a runner’s foot is essential for preventing injuries and maximizing performance. From the arch structure to the alignment of bones and joints, podiatrists specialize in assessing and diagnosing foot conditions specific to runners. With their expertise, they can identify potential issues, prescribe corrective measures, and keep you on track toward your running goals.

  2. Common Running Injuries and Treatment Strategies: Runners are susceptible to a range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, and shin splints, to name a few. Podiatrists trained in sports medicine possess the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose and treat these conditions. Through a combination of manual therapies, custom orthotics, physical therapy, and rehabilitation, they can help you overcome setbacks and return to running stronger than ever.

  3. Gait Analysis and Custom Orthotics: The way you move while running, known as your gait, can significantly impact your foot health and running efficiency. Podiatrists employ advanced gait analysis techniques to assess your running mechanics, foot strike pattern, and pronation. Based on the analysis, they may recommend custom orthotics – specially designed shoe inserts – to provide support, correct alignment, and optimize biomechanics, enhancing your running performance and reducing the risk of injury.

  4. Footwear Selection: The Perfect Fit for Runners: Choosing the right running shoes is crucial for both performance and injury prevention. Podiatrists can guide you through the maze of running shoe options, taking into account factors such as foot type, arch support, cushioning, and stability. By selecting footwear that suits your specific needs, podiatrists ensure optimal comfort, protection, and support for your feet during your runs.

  5. Preventative Strategies for Runners: Prevention is key when it comes to maintaining foot health as a runner. Podiatrists provide invaluable advice on warm-up routines, stretching exercises, and strengthening techniques to enhance foot and ankle stability. They can also educate you on proper running form, gradual training progressions, and the importance of rest and recovery, helping you stay injury-free and perform at your peak.

  6. Innovative Treatments for Runners: Advancements in podiatric medicine have introduced innovative treatments specifically tailored for runners. Techniques such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, and laser therapy offer promising results for various running-related foot conditions. Podiatrists stay up-to-date with these advancements and can recommend the most effective and cutting-edge treatments to get you back on track swiftly.

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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.