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Plantar heel pain / plantar fasciitis – Your 8 incredible protective mechanisms

Why all the fuss about heel pain I hear you say? Well unless you’ve had it, I guess you won’t really know. Those who suffer from it describe it as: Hell         Debilitating          Painful          Torture        Excruciating        Crippling        Depressing …

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The differences between Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Foot Health Practitioners / Professionals and others that treat feet in the UK

Our feet are invaluable to us if we want to be able to be active, mobile, and healthy. If they go wrong, then they can seriously affect our quality of life. Those who have suffered from foot-related problems such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendonitis, neuromas, ingrowing toenails, corns etc. will know how each…

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The differences between Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Foot Health Practitioners / Professionals and others that treat feet in the UK

Our feet are invaluable to us if we want to be able to be active, mobile, and healthy. If they go wrong, then they can seriously affect our quality of life. Those who have suffered from foot-related problems such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendonitis, neuromas, ingrowing toenails, corns etc. will know how each…

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Sole to soul recovery

For anyone who has ever suffered with their feet, you will know how much of an effect that can have on your quality of life. Even the apparently simple things can cause incredible distress, pain, inconvenience, and threaten overall health & wellbeing. For instance, if you can’t manage to cut your own toenails (and you…

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Who You Gonna Call?

  We all know that there is only one answer to this question if you have problems with a ghoulish ethereal being. Yes, it’s the Ghostbusters. And if you have problems with your teeth, then it’s the Dentist. So why is it not the same for problems with feet? Why is there not one answer…

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Save a foot, Save a life

  Just 3 weeks ago a new patient came to my clinic with a hole in his foot. Yes, you read it correctly – a HOLE! It was as if someone had gouged out a grape-sized piece of flesh under the ball of the foot. Can you imagine how deep that would be? It was…

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A day in the life of a Podiatrist

Sometimes other Health Care Professionals (HCPs) spend a day with us at Health First Foot & Gait Clinic, and they are always surprised at the range of problems we deal with and the extent of our training, knowledge, skills, and experience. As an example, a Foot Health Professional (FHP) recently visited us and gained valuable…

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Good Podiatrists Never Stop Learning

Do you remember your 12th birthday? It’s that last one before you are officially a teenager. The one where you are two thirds of the way to adulthood with all of the excitement and fears growing inside you. My son is at that pre-teens stage, and my focus is to encourage a lifelong love of…

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Jonathan Small Family Podiatrist with a model leg skeleton

Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain

Welcome to the last in a series of 3 articles about plantar fasciitis that I hope will help you understand the processes involved in achieving resolution of this often frustrating and sometimes debilitating foot condition. In this article we will look at treating the problem. To keep terminology simple, I will use the label “heel…

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Jonathan Small Family Podiatrist with a model leg skeleton

Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain

Welcome to the second in a series of 3 articles about plantar fasciitis that I hope will help you understand the processes involved in achieving resolution of this often frustrating and sometimes debilitating foot condition. In this article we will look at diagnosis of the problem. To keep terminology simple, I will use the label…

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