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Marathon Running and Foot Care

The London Marathon took place on Sunday 2nd October and everyone at the clinic is so proud of Anna’s daughter Maddie, who ran for the Alzheimer’s Society and succeeded in raising over £3500.

For many, such an undertaking is all about cardio fitness and leg strength. But good foot care and overall foot health are also vital, and it was great to be able to support her with this.

If you are on your feet a lot, either through your work or leisure activities such as walking or running, there are a few things to remember:

  • Keeping your skin soft and supple can help prevent blisters. Use a pumice or foot-file when you shower or bathe and moisturise afterwards.
  • Use technical running socks or walking socks that wick moisture away to keep your feet as dry as possible.
  • Watch out for the early signs of athlete’s foot which can be a common concern in people who exercise frequently or suffer with hot, sweaty feet. There are as many as 250,000 sweat glands in our feet and each foot can produce 4 ounces of moisture a day.
  • Weak feet can increase your risk of trips and falls so kick off your shoes from time to time to go barefoot. Also consider a little strength-training with these exercises which only require a few minutes two to three times a week:

Five Great Exercises for Your Feet

  1. Toe rises: standing with your feet slightly apart, rise up on your toes 20 times
  2. Heel drops: standing with toes on a step, drop the heels below the step and back up 20 times
  3. Towel pulls: put a towel under your foot and pull at it with your toes for 30 seconds
  4. Toe grabs: grasp a pencil or marble with your toes
  5. Alphabet practice: trace the letters of the alphabet on the floor with the toe of each foot