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sesamoiditis

What causes pain in the ball of the foot?

Firstly, if you have pain in the ball of your foot, you are not alone- this is something that we treat in clinic on a daily basis.  There are many conditions that can cause pain in the ball of your foot.  Conditions such as sesamoiditis, capsulitis, plantar plate tear, Morton’s neuroma or even systemic conditions…
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Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?

Private Podiatry is becoming increasingly popular due the convenience of the service and short waiting lists.  With services stretched, you may not qualify for treatment on the NHS or face a lengthy waiting list to be seen.  Our clinics in Edinburgh and Perth, offer quick access to expert care when you need it the most. …
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sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis

The sesamoid bones are two small bones that sit directly underneath the big toe joint.  The bones themselves sit within a tendon and help the toe joint move correctly.  Sesamoiditis is a painful condition that affects these bones, and causes pain on the underside of the big toe joint.    What causes sesamoiditis?  The sesamoid bones can be…
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Metatarsalgia

Best treatment for Metatarsalgia?

Before we can understand what is the best treatment for metatarsalgia, we must first of all we need to understand what metatarsalgia actually is.  Metatarsalgia is actually not a specific diagnosis but a term that is used to describe any condition that causes pain in the ball of the foot.  If you are suffering from…
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tinea pedis

What is Moccasin Tinea Pedis?

Moccasin tinea pedis is caused by a fungal infection of the skin on your feet.  It is a common cause of dry, itchy, scaly skin on the soles of the feet.  70% of the population may be affected by Athlete’s foot at some point in their life. People are most familiar with athlete’s foot between…
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orthotics

Do Orthotics work?

Have you ever seen orthotics or insoles in people’s shoes and wondered “what do those actually do?”, “Do I need them?”, “Do they make a difference?”or “Do orthotics work?”. At Footcare Scotland, we specialise in the treatment of foot, ankle and lower limb musculoskeletal injuries.  We use orthotics (foot orthoses), where appropriate, to help manage…
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Plantar fasciitis

Steroid injections for plantar fasciitis- do they work?

Steroid injections for plantar fasciitis are a common treatment – but do they work?  Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition that presents as pain on the underside of the heel.  It is particularly sore first thing in the morning and after periods of inactivity.  It is a very common issue, and something that we…
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Nutrition

Nutrition and diet

At a recent sports medicine conference, I was lucky enough to listen to a lecture from esteemed sports medicine doctor, Dr. Peter Brukner.  He spoke about the effects of nutrition not only on sporting performance but on our general health.  He is passionate about reducing the amount of sugar that we eat and has set…
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How long does it take to recover from nail surgery? 

One of the things we get asked about most often when people are considering an operation for an ingrown toenail is, “how long does it take to recover from nail surgery?” We get it- you want life to be as normal as possible. You want to know you’re going to be able to walk, run, swim,…
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Can you walk after nail surgery?

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably considering having nail surgery for an ingrown toenail and you want to know how much this procedure might impact your life straight after. If that’s you, you might want to check out our Ultimate Guide to Nail Surgery.   So, can you walk after nail surgery?  The short…
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Perth Orthopeadic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

What is the best way to treat a Morton’s neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma is a condition affecting the foot.  It is caused when a nerve in the ball of the foot becomes irritated. The nerve becomes thickened, and this can lead to shooting/burning pains and numbness in the ball of the foot, sometimes extending into the toes. It is a very common condition and there a…
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heel pain

Why do I have heel pain?

If you are suffering from heel pain, you are certainly not alone!  Heel pain is a very common problem and affects around 10% of people. Sometimes it can be caused by a specific injury but most of the time it caused by repetitive stress. There are actually many conditions that could be causing your pain,…
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BLISTERS

How to prevent blisters

Blisters are often trivialised but they can be very painful.  They are a common source of foot pain especially with runners and walkers.  Blisters are the result of increased shear stress affecting the skin.  Where there is excessive or prolonged shear stress, blisters will form. Here are some simple but effective ways of preventing blisters:…
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Ultimate guide to nail surgery

The Ultimate guide to Nail Surgery

If you, or someone you know, has an ingrown toe nail that just isn’t getting any better, then download our free e-book “The Ultimate Guide to Nail Surgery” It will tell you everything you need to know about what the whole experience involves.  To download your copy click on the image below:   Ingrown toenails…
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How much does it cost to see a private Podiatrist in Perth?

We are private Podiatrists in Perth and offer expert care, always putting our patients at the centre of everything we do.  Footcare Scotland offers a wide range of private podiatry treatments at convenient and flexible times. With NHS services stretched, you may not qualify for NHS treatment or face long waiting lists to be seen.…
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How much does it cost to see a private Podiatrist in Edinburgh?

Private podiatry treatment is becoming increasingly popular due to the convenience and flexibility of the services available.  We are private Podiatrists in Edinburgh and offer expert care and always put our patients at the centre of everything we do. With NHS services stretched, you may not qualify for NHS treatment or face long waiting lists…
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Podiatrist in Edinburgh and Perth

How much does nail surgery cost?

If this is a question you are considering, you are probably suffering from a painful ingrown toenail.  With long NHS waiting lists perhaps you are considering private treatment.  But what does nail surgery cost?   Put simply, the cost of nail surgery starts at £295. This is the cost of the procedure on one nail…
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Perth Orthopeadic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

Put simply, there is little to no difference! Both Chiropodists and Podiatrists are terms used to describe the registered professionals specialising in foot health. The term Podiatrist was adopted in the UK in 1993 as an internationally recognised name for a foot specialist. So, you could perhaps view podiatry as an evolution of the historical…
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Nail surgery dressings

What to expect from nail surgery

It is understandable that you may feel slightly apprehensive before undergoing nail surgery -and this is perfectly normal! You may be thinking: will it hurt? Will I have to stay off my feet? Will there be lots of blood? What will my toe look like after? These common questions will be answered in this blog,…
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Nail surgery dressings

Dressing your toe after nail surgery: a step by step guide

Having a toenail removed can be a daunting thought but now you’ve had the procedure, you may be thinking ‘how do I look after my toe once I get home?’. Well, look no further as we’ve created a simple, step-by-step guide for your reference.   Removing the old dressing  Carefully peel off the tape at the…
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Edinburg Orthopeadic Ankle Surgeon

Metatarsal Stress Fracture

As anyone who has had a metatarsal stress fracture will tell you, it is a painful and extremely frustrating injury.  You have trained hard for that event and all of a sudden, and without much warning, you have developed a stress fracture.  Metatarsal stress fractures are common place in the sporting community but what are…
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Nail surgery FAQ’s

Nail Surgery: Top 5 FAQs In this blog Podiatrist Michael Tomassi answers our top 5 nail surgery FAQ’s. Nail surgery is a procedure that we routinely carry out in our clinic. It involves removing either a small portion of nail, or an entire nail, which is the cause of pain and/or infection. The most common…
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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus causes pain and stiffness in the big toe joint.  It is caused by arthritis and can effect people of all ages. What causes Hallux Rigidus? Your big toe joint is put under enormous stress when we walk and run.  Around 2 times your body weight goes through the joint when we walk.  This…
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How to choose running shoes

Alternative lacing techniques for running shoes

Many common foot issues can be helped with alternative lacing techniques. We have put together videos showing 3 alternative lacing techniques.   Lock Lacing The first of these alternative lacing techniques is Lock Lacing. This is a really easy way to stop your shoe from slipping at the heel.  It is also a very handy…
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heel pain

Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a really frustrating condition.  These simple exercises may help manage your pain. Try these simple exercises for Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a very common problem and something we treat in clinic almost every day.  We have put together a short video of exercises for Plantar Fasciitis that you can try at…
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Plantar fascia strapping

Plantar Fascia Strapping

Plantar fascia strapping can be a really effective way of managing your heel pain. In this post we show you how you can do this at home. Plantar Fascia strapping is something we use in clinic on a routine basis.  It can help reduce your pain in the short term and is also pretty easy…
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Ingrowing toenail nails surgery

Nail surgery for ingrown toenails

Nail surgery can cure your ingrown toenail forever. Ingrown toenails are painful, unsightly and can prevent you from getting on with day to day life. We often have patients coming to us who have put up with ingrown toenails for weeks, months or even years. They have been through multiple courses of antibiotics but have…
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stiff, painful big toe joint

Stiff big toe joint?

Do you have a painful, stiff big toe joint? Do you have a painful, stiff big toe joint that stops you from doing the activities you love? Or maybe it limits the shoes that you can wear?  There is no need to suffer, we can help resolve your pain! What is causing my pain? Pain…
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Running Injuries | Footcare Scotland

5 simple tips to reduce your risk of a running injury

Running is a great way of getting fit and losing weight.  It also reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, raises your self-esteem and improves your mental health.  However, developing a running injury is a real risk. Before you hit the streets, let me give you a few things to think about that…
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Orthotics

What are Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are something that we commonly use in our practice to manage a wide variety of lower limb conditions. Foot orthoses are medical devices that are accommodated within footwear and can serve many different purposes. We use them to help prevent foot ulcers in Diabetic patients.  Patients with Rheumatoid arthritis are often prescribed orthoses to…
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Shin splints

Shin splints

I recently had a visit from a 48-year-old, male runner who was complaining of a 4-week history of shin splints.  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.  His…
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How to choose running shoes

How to choose running shoes

 With more choice than ever, how do we choose running shoes? Running has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years.  Because of this, 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. Historically we have been told…
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plantar fasciitis

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 flat feet

Painful flat feet, a disabling condition. We recently had a visit from 64 year old man, who was complaining of pain affecting the inside of his left ankle.  He had noticed that his feet had changed shape and his arches were flattening more recently.  There was no history of trauma however he did report that…
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Plantar plate tear

Plantar plate tear

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

Coming to terms with running 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 running injury that…
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Intoeing

My child is intoeing

The term intoeing, or pigeon toed, is the term used to describe when a child walks, or runs, with their feet pointed inwards. If your child is intoeing, you may notice that your child appears clumsy, especially when they are tired.  In-toeing does not cause pain, and your child will be able to take part…
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plantar fasciitis

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. What causes it? 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…
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toe walking

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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flat foot

My child has flat feet, should I worry?

One of the biggest reason for children visiting the clinic, is because of flat feet.  Flat feet are very common in children, and often causes great concern for parents. If your child has flat feet, don’t panic!  Children are almost always flat-footed when they begin walking. Due to laxity of the ligaments in the foot,…
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Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon

Welcome to Mr. Clayton

We are delighted to welcome Consultant surgeon, Mr. Robert Clayton to the Footcare Scotland Team. Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle surgeon Mr. Clayton will be running monthly orthopaedic clinics from our Perth base.  He currently operates privately from BMI Kings Park Hospital, Stirling and Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh Mr Clayton, performs a wide variety of operations. …
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Verrucae

What is Verrucae needling?

Do you have a painful or unsightly verrucae? Verrucae needling is a novel treatment for those unsightly and panful verrucae that have failed other treatments. Verrucae are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  This is highly contagious through direct person to person contact, and commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around…
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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

What are corns?

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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Testing for diabetic neuropathy

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. What causes Diabetic foot problems? Diabetes is a condition that develops from high blood sugar levels. This can damage the blood vessels and nerves supplying…
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bunions

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. What is Rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain in your joints.  Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of the joints, unlike osteo–arthritis, which is caused by wear and tear…
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