How do I know if I have Osteoarthritis or Rhuematoid Arthritis in the Feet ?

A common question I receive from patients who present with joint pain is ‘Do you think I have arthritis?’ Whilst on some occasions the observation proves to be an accurate diagnosis, the use of the umbrella term ‘arthritis’ to describe joint related problems does not factor in the inherently different natures of the two most common forms of arthritis; osteoarthritic and rheumatoid.

This blog will focus on bringing to light some major differences between the two forms of arthritis and should in no way be taken as an exhaustive list. As with any other foot or lower limb related concern, specialist advice should be sought to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment is applied to the case in question. Read more

Wearing Heels Regularly? Every cm Matters.

The use of heels in an everyday setting has been a common trend amongst women for years. Work, social and personal requirements have all contributed to increasing use of high heels. Whilst most clinicians and most research all agree with consistent use as being detrimental to foot health, most people I see in a clinical setting do struggle to see the  effect that wearing heels often will have on their feet, they certainly can feel it. Read more

How do shoes cause bunions , corns, hammer toes, ingrown toenails ?

It is a well observed and well documented fact that poorly fitting footwear can cause foot problems to arise in people who previously had no foot troubles. Whilst fact remains, people often still persist with shoes that are either too narrow or too small for their feet and often present to podiatry clinics with a number of different problems. Some of the most common problems I have seen in patients who have presented to the clinic are listed below and have often had footwear choice as major contributing factor to the development of problems. Read more

How to Treat Bunions?

What are bunions?

Medically referred to as “hallux abducto valgus”, bunions are a relatively common deformity found in the fore foot area which is usually characterised by a prominent ‘bump’ and deviation of the big toe from its original position. The condition can lead to painful motion of the joint when walking or difficulty when wearing or fitting shoes. The condition can occur at any point of life but research does show an increased incidence rate in people over 45 with females also being more likely to develop a bunion. A patient may present to a clinic with or without pain. Those who have discomfort, generally describe a pain centralised to the big toe joint. Aching pain may also be described with irritation from footwear on the prominent bump. Patients may report that physical activity may make the bunions feel worse and thus may limit their physical activity levels. Read more

How to Prevent Bunions

How To Prevent Bunions

The feet are very often a part of the body that we routinely forget about. Despite the fact that we all spend inordinate amount of time on or feet, very few of actually take the steps to ensure that hey stay healthy through all of that wear and tear. For most people, the only time that they will ever actually visit a podiatrist is when they develop a problem that causes pain or discomfort in the feet. One of the most common complaints are bunions, which is actually something that can be avoided by following a few simple tips.

While you may have heard about bunions, you may not know exactly what they are. Believe us, though, if you do have the misfortune of having a bunion develop, you will know all too well the pain that they can deliver. A bunion develops when the joint in the big toe becomes inflamed, which generally happens when the soft tissue surrounding that joint are put under continued stress. This often happens when wearing footwear that is too tight, or is sharply pointed at the toe. The more often you wear the wrong types of shoes, the more likely you are to experience the pain of a bunion. Read more