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stiff, painful big toe joint

Stiff, painful big toe joint?

Stiff, Painful Big Toe Joint Do you have a stiff, painful big toe joint that stops you from doing the activities you love or limits the shoes that you can wear?  There is no need to suffer, we can help resolve your pain! The pain that you are suffering is likely being caused by wear…
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Running Injuries | Footcare Scotland

5 simple tips to reduce your risk of a running injury

If, like me, you were over indulgent over the festive period, you may be thinking about turning over a new leaf and setting goals around your health and fitness.  Many people at this time of year will turn to running as part of their New Year’s resolutions in a bid to burn off those excess…
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What are Foot Orthoses?

Foot orthoses are something that we commonly use in our practice to manage a wide variety of foot, ankle and lower limb conditions. In a Podiatry sense, Orthotics (or Foot Orthoses to give them their correct name) are medical devices that are accommodated within footwear.  They can serve many different purposes; to help prevent foot…
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Shin pain in a runner

I recently had a visit from a 48-year-old, male runner who was complaining of a 4-week history of shin pain.  He was training for the Berlin marathon, so was keen to be fit to resume training ASAP. He described his symptoms as a constant, dull ache affecting the inside of the left shin bone, the…
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How to choose running shoes

How to choose running shoes

With more choice than ever, how do we choose the right running shoe? How to choose running shoes? Running has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years and we now have a greater choice than ever when it comes to running shoes: minimalist, maximalist, neutral, stability, motion control, cushioned….. the list goes on.…
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Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a real pain in the……. heel Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions that we treat in the clinic, and it can be an extremely frustrating condition. It will affect around 10% of the population and makes up around 15% of all adult foot complaints. The plantar fascia is a broad…
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Painful flat feet

Painful Adult Flat foot deformity can be a limiting and disabling condition Having shared a quick case study of a patient of mine on Facebook recently who was suffering from a painful flat foot deformity I thought it would be good to give a little more information about this condition as it is something I…
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Pain in the ball of the foot

Pain in the ball of the foot

In this case study we discuss one of the many causes of forefoot pain I recently had a visit from a lady in  her 50’s, who was complaining of severe pain in the ball of her foot. The pain was so severe that she was having trouble walking and was complaining that even putting a…
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Running Injury

Coming to terms with injury

We are absolutely delighted to present our first guest blog; it comes from ‘The Running Princess’ Allison McArthur.  Allison is an experienced marathon runner, avid Parkrunner and prolific blogger (you can follow her excellent blog here).  Allison wrote this blog a little while ago as she was coming to terms with a lower leg injury…
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My child is pigeon toed

My child is pigeon toed

The term in-toeing, or pigeon toed, is the term used to describe when a child walks or runs with their feet pointed inwards, instead of straight ahead. You may notice that your child appears clumsy or often trips, especially when they are tired.  In-toeing does not cause pain, and your child will be able to…
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Sever’s disease- Heel pain in children

 Is your child active in sport and complaining of pain in their heel?  If so, it is most likely that they have developed Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease (also called calcaneal apophysitis) occurs when the growth plate in the heel bone (calcaneus) is put under excessive traction force.   Your child may complain of a dull,…
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My child walks on their tip-toes

Does your child walk on their tip toes?  This is what is known as toe-walking. Firstly, don’t panic, it fairly common in children who are just beginning to walk.  Normal heel to toe walking usually develops by approximately the age of 2 years. The most common type of toe-walking is described as idiopathic toe-walking (no…
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My child has flat feet, should I worry?

One of the biggest reason for children visiting the clinic, is because of flat-foot.  Flat-foot is very common in children, and often causes great concern for parents. Don’t panic- children are almost always flat-footed when they begin walking. Due to laxity of the ligaments in the foot, the medial arch at the inside of the…
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Welcome to Mr. Clayton

We are delighted to welcome Mr. Robert Clayton to the Footcare Scotland Team.  Mr. Clayton is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle surgeon, and will be running monthly orthopaedic clinics from August 2017.  He currently operates privately from BMI Kings Park Hospital, Stirling and Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh     He performs a full range…
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What is Verrucae needling?

Do you have a painful or unsightly verrucae? Verrucae are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact, and commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area.  The virus thrives in wet or damp environments, such as swimming pool floors, communal…
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ingrowing toenail

What is an ingrowing toenail?

Ingrowing toenails are painful but easily treated What is an ingrowing toenail? An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The nail curls and pierces the skin, which becomes red, swollen and tender.  The most common cause of ingrowing toenails is when the nail is cut too short, or…
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Bunions - Podiatrists in Perth and Edinburgh

Do I have a corn?

Are corns making walking painful? Corns are small areas of thickened skin that usually develop on the tops and sides of toes, or on the sole of the foot and are caused by excessive friction or pressure.  The most common cause of corns is wearing shoes that fit badly.  If your shoes are too tight,…
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Tips to keep Diabetic feet healthy

If you have diabetes, it is essential that you look after your feet.  With these quick and simple tips, you can help prevent problems and reduce your risk of complications in the years to come. Diabetes is a condition that develops from high blood sugar levels, and can damage the blood vessels and nerves supplying…
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Bunions - Podiatrists in Perth and Edinburgh

What is a bunion?

Bunions, or Hallux Valgus, is a common deformity of the big toe. The big toe excessively tilts towards the 2nd toe and develops a bony prominence on the side of the foot. The prevalence of bunions is greater in females and older people.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis

How does Rheumatoid Arthritis affect my feet?

Rheumatoid Arthritis can reduce your mobility and quality of life.  Read on for tips to manage your painful feet. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain in your joints.  Unlike osteo–arthritis, which is caused by wear and tear to the joints, rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of the joints. The symptoms…
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