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The Mechanics of Walking: Part 3

The Mechanics of Walking: Part 3 By Suzie Cummins of ‘Pilates and Functional Movement with Suzie’ Suzie has her own studio based here in Kenilworth and has been a 1-2-1 rehab pilates teacher for nearly 10 years but also specialises in combining this with teaching people how to walk correctly.  She now focuses on using […]

What are the best shoes for Morton’s Neuroma?

What are the best shoes for Morton’s Neuroma? What is Morton’s Neuroma? Morton’s Neuroma is caused by an irritated or damaged nerve in the foot, leading to common symptoms including shooting, stabbing or burning pain. Suffers can also suffer from tingling or numbness in their affected foot.  What makes a shoe good for Morton’s Neuroma? […]

The Mechanics of Walking: Part 2

The Mechanics of Walking: Part 2  By Suzie Cummins of ‘Pilates and Functional Movement with Suzie’ Suzie has her own studio based here in Kenilworth and has been a 1-2-1 rehab pilates teacher for nearly 10 years but also specialises in combining this with teaching people how to walk correctly.  She now focuses on using […]

How to navigate the confusing world of foot orthotics

How to navigate the confusing world of foot orthotics It is not uncommon for a new patient to arrive with a bag full of various insoles they have purchased from the local pharmacy or from the internet.  The results will have been varied – some may have caused further pain, others will have worked for […]

When it’s chilblain time of year

… and although we don’t come across chilblains quite so often these days, they can and do cause misery to those that are afflicted. Chilblains form when our extremities are exposed to extremes of temperature – from the cold, damp weather outside and then the sudden increase in temperature as we come into a centrally […]

The Mechanics of Walking: Part 1

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HOW YOUR FEET AFFECT HOW YOU WALK? By Suzie Cummins of ‘Pilates and Functional Movement with Suzie’ Suzie has her own studio based here in Kenilworth and has been a 1-2-1 rehab pilates teacher for nearly 10 years but also specialises in combining this with teaching people how to walk […]

Wellies are great at keeping your feet dry but they don’t do your feet many favours…

Whilst wellies are great at keeping your feet dry, they don’t do your feet many favours in other respects. Firstly, most wellies offer virtually no support. If you are walking for a couple of miles in wellies, walking your dog for example, your feet are probably complaining by the end. Walking boots and trainers are […]

Slippers – what to watch out for

Slippers – what to watch out for when buying Christmas presents Novelty slippers might make a great Christmas gift, but whilst they might keep your toes toasty, they don’t give a lot of support to your feet and can be a trip hazard. This is fine if you put them on in the evening to […]

Physiotherapy for the Abdominal Wall

Guest Blog: Physiotherapy for the Abdominal Wall By Deborah Thomas BPT MCSP MAPPI Chartered Physiotherapist Certified Pilates Instructor CSP 068413 HCPC PH62671 Phone: 07976 977 247 www.deborahthomasphysio.co.uk The abdominal wall is an interesting structure, comprising muscles and other non-contractile connective tissue layers. It is an integral part of the ‘canister’ structure that connects the pelvic girdle […]

Foot Mobilisation Therapy – A Case Study

Foot Mobilisation Therapy- how it can help stiff joints move more freely Many people find their joints get stiffer as they age. The expression ‘use it or lose it’ certainly applies here – if a joint becomes stiff and you stop being able to move it through its full range of motion, then it will […]

Psoriasis: how your feet may be affected by psoriasis

Psoriasis: How it can affect the feet Most people know of psoriasis as a skin condition which can occur anywhere on the body, including the feet. It is an immune condition whereby the skin cell production rate speeds up – normally it takes 21-28 days for skin cells to renew themselves, but with psoriasis, this […]

How can you prevent blisters from forming when walking or running?

If you are a keen walker or runner, how can you prevent blisters? Blisters are a common injury during summer months. They are more common when we go without socks and lose that protective layer between our skin and shoe.  The first thing to know is that blisters are NOT formed by shoes rubbing! If […]

New School Shoes – the most important piece of uniform to get right!

  Although it is a headache, school shoes are probably the most important piece of uniform to get right. The bones in the feet of children don’t fully develop until the age of 18. At birth, the foot contains 22 partially developed bones. By age 5, these will have divided into 45 bones. By the […]

Summer Foot Health Problems – part 2

Summer Foot Health – part 2 Athlete’s foot – the basics Athletes’ foot is a fungal infection that is mainly a result of a moist, damp, humid environment in which fungi likes to grow. The particular fungi that causes athlete’s foot is called Trichophyton and the medical term for the infection is Tinea pedis (just […]

Summer Foot Health Problems – part 1

Summer Foot Health Problems – part 1 We are lucky enough to have had some gorgeous weather whilst we have been in lockdown.  This has resulted in people wearing flip flops and sandals much earlier than normal. And because we haven’t been going out and about as much, people have spent more time in lightweight […]

Should I use a callus blade to get rid of my hard skin?

Should I use a callus blade to get rid of my hard skin? This was a question emailed to me by a client over the weekend. Never having had to use one myself I googled them to have a look. They are pretty scary looking implements – a razor blade set into a handle with […]

The curse of the corn plaster

The curse of the corn plaster! Have you had a very painful corn and used a corn plaster from the chemist? Has it made your toe soggy, blistering and made it worse? What are Corn plasters? A corn plaster is a medicated plaster usually containing  Salicylic acid that softens the surrounding skin and adds moisture […]

Online Consultations – what you need to know

Online Consultations – what you need to know  Online consultations are now up and running and can be booked via our website here  They are super-simple to take part in and don’t require you to download any special app. Once your appointment is booked, you will receive a confirmation email that will contain a link. […]

Urea – the Magic Ingredient

Urea is an ingredient increasingly found in foot creams for dry skin, in varying percentages. Most people, if they have heard of this substance at all, know it as a constituent of urine, so what is it doing in foot creams? Urea is a protein that occurs naturally in skin (as well as urine). It […]

Self-Isolation Foot Care Advice – how to care for your feet when you are self-isolating

Self-Isolation Foot Care Advice – how to care for your feet when you are self-isolating   Self-isolation = Self care For most of us this period of self isolation can be very daunting as we try to keep disciplined in sticking to a solid routine. Most probably the least of your concerns would be having […]

Are your feet ready for the summer?

Are your feet ready for the summer? This may seem a bit of an odd question as for most of us! It’s still winter, so why would we be thinking ahead for the summer? As a Podiatrist I am always evaluating what my patients can do between treatments to see an improvement in their feet. […]

Foot Mobilisation Therapies

How Foot Mobilisation Therapies (FMT) can help prevent trips and falls 9-35% of people over the age of 65 will fall each year and the incidence of falls increases with age and frailty. Falls can also lead to further complications and loss of mobility. Prevention is definitely better than cure in this case!   The […]

Why do my feet always feel cold?

Why do your feet feel cold? The prospect of chilly autumn days makes the end of summer even harder to bear if you suffer from cold feet! Many of our clients tell us they always have cold feet – and it’s not just about getting in the podiatrist’s chair! Some worry that it is their […]

October 2019 newsletter

October 2019 newsletter is out now This month in summary: November marks our 1st Anniversary for our Oaks Precinct Clinic – look at what we have planned! Meet our new Mascot and help us choose a name for him. Enter our special Birthday social media competition. Reminder – view our cancellation policy and don’t get caught […]

The elderly Care System – can it work for you?

GUEST BLOG : The elderly care system – can it work for you? As an experienced Later Life Care Adviser, I understand just how daunting it can be when looking for the right care for yourself or a loved one, especially at the point of need. Just listening to, or reading news articles on care for the elderly […]

Have You Considered Trying Tai Chi?

GUEST BLOG Have You Considered Trying Tai Chi? Tai Chi is a gentle way to help to improve your flexibility, balance and assist with many health issues. Other benefits of learning and practicing Tai Chi may include: – Gains in stamina and energy Less stress and anxiety Increased range of movement Increase social activity. Tai […]

Over the counter orthotics vs prescription orthotics

Over the counter orthotics vs prescription orthotics If you have ever had heel pain, for most of us the first thing that comes into our mind is to go to the chemist and buy some orthotics (mainly based on TV adverts). But have you stood back and thought what these orthotics are actually doing to […]

New fungal nail test available at Kenilworth Footcare

New fungal nail test available at Kenilworth Footcare Now that the temperature is warming up, it is time to shed our socks and boots, don our sandals and let our feet breath for a couple of months. But for some people, summer brings a sense of dread… at the thought of exposing their unsightly toenails […]

What are orthotics?

Orthotics An orthotic is a device which is inserted into a shoe. The aim is to correct either an abnormal or irregular walking pattern which is achieved by a minimal alteration to the angles of the knees, hip, foot and leg. It also redistributes your weight more evenly over the surface area of your foot […]

Reiki Treatment now available at Kenilworth Footcare

This month we are delighted to introduce you to one of our lovely clients, Nicola Rudic. Nicola is a Reiki Master and will be offering treatments at Kenilworth Footcare monthly,on a Saturday morning. Nicola explains: ‘Reiki is a form of healing. It is a relaxing, therapeutic, hands-on energy sharing treatment that can heal both the […]

We would like to welcome Podiatrist Mitesh Mistry to Kenilworth Footcare

Mitesh Mistry- Podiatrist BSc (Hons), MChS We would like to welcome Mitesh Mistry to Kenilworth Footcare, who joins us just after Easter 2019. Mitesh, an experienced Podiatrist, says: “My main goal for any patient I see, whether it be for biomechanical issues or general podiatry is to identify the main cause of the pain. I do […]

Keeping your Toe Nails Healthy

As the time comes to put our boots into hibernation and bring out the sandals, it becomes more of an incentive to make sure your feet are fit to be seen by the rest of the world. Often for ladies (but not exclusively!) that means painting your toe nails. Applying nail polish isn’t in itself […]

Is this the biggest blister ever seen?

In 20 years of tending feet, this has to be the biggest blister I’ve come across! Surprisingly, the lady concerned hadn’t been aware of how much her shoe had rubbed until she took it off at the end of the day. Being in that location, she was unable to get a shoe back on and […]

Is your big toe stiffness, ankle injury or arthritic feet making it difficult to find the right shoes?

Guest blog by Lisa Preston of ShoeMed Heel-to-toe rocker sole shoes are often recommended for people with hallux (big toe) stiffness, ankle injuries and arthritic changes in their feet.  The shoe outsole is not made with a square heel,  or with hard materials.  As the name implies, a rocker sole shoe is designed to rock […]

Taking up Walking, Running or Jogging this summer? Then ensure you take measures to prevent injury

As the warmer weather encourages more of people out to run, jog and walk, it’s important to take measures to prevent injury so you can get the most from your exercise. Remember, there are two fundamental principles to increasing fitness: Adaptation to stress In response to a given stress/intensity of exercise the body will undergo […]

Walking for health and fitness

  Everyone knows that walking is good for you, but it is hard to be motivated when it is pouring with rain or icy blasts are blowing from Siberia.  A lot has been made of the 10,000 steps target we should all apparently be aiming for – but as Dr Michael Mosley demonstrated in a  […]

Diabetic Footcare – Check your feet regularly

We always stress how important it is for people with diabetes to check their feet on a regular basis so that any changes and or problems can be identified early and complications avoided. A regular diabetic footcare check up is as important as an annual MOT on your car! It is important to check the feet by […]

Athletes foot is not just for athletes or sporty people!

Itchy, sore, split skin between the toes? Most people would instantly recognise these symptoms as Athlete’s foot, or to give it its medical term – Tinea Pedis. This common condition, can affect anyone. It particularly affects less sporty people, including those with poorer circulation, as the condition of the skin in these people makes it […]

Improving your Balance and Muscle Mass through Pilates #LookAfterYourFeet

Guest blog by Julieann Parker of Pilates by Ju I have been teaching Pilates for a few years now and one thing is certain: everyone is an individual and everyone has their own skeletal/muscular patterns which are unique to them. The body always surprises me and what works for one person may not work for another, which […]

Do you always need to support low arches with insoles and orthotics? No and read why…

As podiatrists, we often have clients present to us reporting that they have ‘flat feet’ or ‘fallen arches’. ‘Flat feet’ are often cited as an underlying factor in a whole host of problems, from back pain, to knee pain and even bunions. So, do we always need to support our low arches with insoles and orthotics to […]

Diabetes – how can it affect my feet & what is my risk of developing a foot problem?

Over the next few months we will be looking at various aspects of diabetic foot care including the questions you should ask about your risk of developing a foot problem e.g. How often do I need to have a foot check? How can diabetes affect my feet? What is my risk of developing a foot […]

Diabetes – looking at the various aspects of diabetic footcare

Diabetes – looking at the various aspects of diabetic footcare

Over the next few months we will be looking at various aspects of diabetic foot care including the questions you should ask about your risk of developing a foot problem e.g. How often do I need to have a foot check? How can diabetes affect my feet? What is my risk of developing a foot […]

Read our Footcare Advice for dancers and party goers

 While we will cover advice for walkers and runners in other blogs, what foot care advice can we give to dancers?  Probably the most important piece of advice is to make sure you have strong feet to start with, particularly, strong arches. This simple exercise stretches and strengthens the arch to ensure your feet provide […]

Arch Strengthening Exercises for Dancing Feet!

  Why Do This Exercise? To strengthen the muscles in the bottom of your feet. A strong arch will support your body better and help improve your gait. This exercise is particularly good for those suffering from heel pain as it will help to relieve your symptoms more quickly than just stretching alone. How to […]

Dry Heels – What’s the craic?

When Summer’s here it can be lovely to don sandals and expose our feet. But this is not always the case especially with cracked or dry heels, also known as heel fissures. Fissures are splits in the epidermis resulting from a loss of elasticity in the skin or a change in its texture and strength […]

Your Feet & the perils of flipflops

When the weather has warmed up, we are able to shed a few layers and that goes for our feet as well as our bodies. Almost overnight, our feet lose the protection of socks or tights and are thrust into flimsy sandals and flipflops. Only a few years ago, flipflops were purely for wearing on […]

Shoes are the only item of clothing that can seriously impact your health!

As shoes are the only item of clothing that can seriously impact your health, it is important to get well fitting shoes that will provide you with the necessary support and cushioning. An interesting exercise is to stand on a piece of paper and ask someone to draw around both feet. Cut them out and […]

GUEST BLOG – Problem Feet? Introducing ShoeMed and Finnamic Rocker Sole Shoes

If you have problem feet, then we have some fantastic news! We are ShoeMed, and we are the UK’s leading specialists in footwear for people with difficult or hard-to-fit feet. We offer personalised customer service that involves one-on-one consultations and fittings, including measuring your feet, which is all but guaranteed to make you feel young again. […]

Our Christmas Newsletter is out!

View our Christmas newsletter here which shows Christmas Opening Times & more! This month in summary: We provide you with tips on how to prevent Chilblains We tell you how much we have raised for Zoe’s Place We advise you of our extended Opening hours Check out our 10% off deal …and take part in our Christmas Quiz! Have a lovely […]

Needling – a new verrucae treatment from Kenilworth Footcare

Verrucae can be a nuisance! These unsightly growths are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, the same virus that causes warts on other parts of the body. There are over 100 strains of the virus, with a few that have a particular fondness for the feet. The trouble is, being a virus, they don’t float […]

The condition that (used to) make a Podiatrist’s heart sink…

Verrucae are a perennial problem that can affect a person at any age, although the more often you are barefoot in communal surroundings, the more likely you are to catch them. The reason our hearts sink when we see one, is that they can be really tricky to shift.  Below is a copy of a […]

Spring Newsletter from the team at Kenilworth Chiropractic Clinic

For the latest news our team of Chiropractors, Podiatrists, Acupuncturist, Hypnotherapist and Sports Massage Therapist read on…

So, what is “Biomechanics”?

People often ask me, “what is biomechanics?” Biomechanics is the term used to describe the effect of forces on the body. This is an area of podiatry, I’m really keen on and often use this biomechanical knowledge to help establish why and how people are experiencing aches and pains in their legs and feet. Often, […]

Heel pain getting you down? Read on…

Heel pain is a very common problem that can be surprisingly debilitating. There are numerous causes, but the most common is a condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is strong connective tissue that helps to hold the structures of the foot in place. If it gets pulled away from the heel bone, inflammation occurs […]

How treating a corn can save you from surgery….

Some years ago a Mrs L came to the clinic to have her feet ‘tidied up’ before she went into hospital for knee surgery. Being a very active lady, her knee was causing a lot of pain and preventing her from doing the gardening and dog walking that she loved.  Mrs L had a nasty […]