Dive into Excellence: Podiatry Secrets for Swimmers’ Foot Health

As a swimmer, your feet are your propulsion and navigation tools in the water. Today, we invite you to explore the hidden secrets of foot health specifically designed to enhance your swimming performance and keep your aquatic adventures enjoyable.

  1. The Underwater Anatomy of a Swimmer’s Foot: Understanding the unique demands placed on your feet while swimming is essential for both speed and comfort. From the flexing of toes during kicks to the skin’s exposure to chlorine, podiatrists can identify potential issues specific to swimmers. They possess the expertise to diagnose and treat these conditions, ensuring your feet are in top form for your swimming endeavors.
  2. Common Swimming-Related Foot Concerns and Solutions: Swimmers may encounter foot problems like toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and skin irritation due to prolonged exposure to water and pool chemicals. Podiatrists can provide effective treatments and preventive measures. They can offer guidance on maintaining optimal foot hygiene and suggest suitable footwear for poolside protection.
  3. Foot Biomechanics for Enhanced Performance: Optimal foot biomechanics can make a significant difference in a swimmer’s performance. Podiatrists can assess your foot and lower limb alignment to ensure efficient propulsion in the water. They may recommend custom orthotics or exercises to enhance your foot’s flexibility and strength, helping you glide through the water with greater ease.
  4. Swim-Specific Footwear Recommendations: The right swim gear can make a substantial impact on your performance and foot health. Podiatrists can offer insights into selecting swim fins, water shoes, and pool deck footwear that provide stability, support, and protection. Properly chosen swim gear not only enhances your swimming experience but also minimizes the risk of injuries and discomfort.
  5. Preventative Foot Care Regimens for Swimmers: Preventing foot problems before they occur is essential for a swimmer’s longevity in the pool. Podiatrists can guide you through routines like pre-swim foot checks, post-swim care, and tips for maintaining healthy feet. They emphasize the importance of early intervention and offer strategies to keep your feet in peak condition for countless laps ahead.
  6. Cutting-Edge Aquatic Podiatric Treatments: Advancements in podiatric medicine have introduced innovative treatments designed for swimmers. Techniques such as waterproof bandages, advanced antifungal therapies, and tailored rehabilitation programs can address swimming-related foot conditions effectively. Podiatrists stay updated with these advancements to provide you with the best possible care, ensuring your feet stay in top shape for your aquatic endeavors.
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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.