Walk Right Podiatry

Welcome to Walk Right Podiatry. We're a specialist private podiatry practice based in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and we're passionate about improving the quality of life for all of our patients.

Louisa's London Marathon For Melanoma UK

At Walk Right Podiatry we are privileged to see a wide range of people of all ages and abilities, some of our patients really push themselves to the limit with fitness which can put a lot of pressure on the feet. One of our brilliant patients this month is Louisa who completed the London Marathon in April this year!

The London Marathon was first held in 1981 and has been held every year since; it is part of the ‘World Marathon Majors’ and a gruelling 26.2 miles long.

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Building a solid training base is key for attempting to complete a Marathon which Louisa did, increasing her mileage and endurance over the weeks and months leading up to the marathon.

We were able to help with footwear advice, callus reduction and most importantly blister prevention advice which is so crucial when running such a long distance.

Thanks Walk Right for helping me with my feet I’m so pleased to have completed the London Marathon which is something i’ve wanted to do for years, now i’ve completed it I just want to do it again!
— Louisa

As well as managing to reach her goal Louise also raised an amazing £2,000 for Melanoma UK. Well done Lousia for setting your goal and achieving your dream of completing the London Marathon!

Helping Sharon With Her Charity Trek Across Cambodia

This month we are highlighting one of our brilliant patients who recently completed the ambition of a lifetime - to trek across the beautiful northwestern Cambodia raising money for local charity Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.

Sharon attends our podiatry clinic every month for routine Podiatry treatment and when she started planning her trip she increased her walking distances for training. At around the 2-3 mile mark she started to experience Achilles Tendonitis pain in the Right Foot.

The Achilles Tendon is the largest, thickest and strongest tendon in the body, it spans two joints and connects the calcaneus to the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. Inflammation can be caused by overuse or repetitive forces. It was at this point that she attended our clinic for a Biomechanical Assessment in order to assess her gait.

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“I had decided that I wanted to complete my ambition of the trek in Siem Reap in Cambodia and to raise money for Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.

Siem Reap, Cambodia (lonelyplanet.com)

Siem Reap, Cambodia (lonelyplanet.com)

As I started to carry out my training walks I discovered that my right Achilles was becoming very painful, I was struggling to get beyond 2-3 miles before the pain started. I booked in for a Biomechanics Assessment and it was really interesting to see my style of walking on the screen, it was determined that I required a pair of orthotics to improve my gait and solve the underlying issue.

I was thrilled to be able to carry out my trek which consisted 87km over 5 days with no pain at all. So much so that when I came back I upgraded to the bespoke Carbon Fibre Orthotics. I have no pain now and am very happy, I am looking to do another trek possibly in Jordan!”

Well done Sharon! We are so pleased that you completed your ambition and helped raise money for charity in the process.

Foot Health Month - 10 Top Tips

June is Foot Health Month, so here are 10 Top Tips to help prevent foot problems. Just follow our simple steps to help to keep your feet in great shape and reduce your risk of developing problems. 

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1. Wash your feet every day, use warm soapy water and take care to dry them well, especially between your toes – this will help to prevent fungal infections, such as Athlete’s foot. 

2. Wear well-fitting socks and change them every day to avoid sweaty feet. 

3. When trimming your toenails cut them straight across and not too short as this can lead to ingrowing toenails. 

4.  If the skin on your feet is dry, apply moisturiser daily avoiding between the toes (this can lead to fungal infections). 

5. Wear correctly fitting shoes, buy footwear in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest. Get your feet measured if you are unsure of your size. 

6. Rotate your shoes Try not to wear the same shoes two days in a row, to reduce your chances of developing a fungal infection. 

7. Save higher heels for special occasions only as regular use can damage your feet. 

8. Check your feet regularly this will help you to spot any possible problems quickly, if you have difficulty bending use a mirror to help.

9. Keep them moving, walking and exercise will encourage a good range of movement in the joints and improve circulation.

10. If you have a problem with your feet always see a HCPC registered Podiatrist rather than trying to self treat at home.

Ageing Feet & Podiatry

As we grow into our older years of life every part of our body changes and feet are no exception to this rule. The average person will walk around 100,000 miles in their lifetime, the equivalent of more than 4 times around the circumference of the earth. It’s not surprising then that our feet can become painful over time after such a lifetime of a journey and often with little care or attention along the way.

flickr photo by Khánh Hmoong http://flickr.com/photos/hmoong/16047839768 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

flickr photo by Khánh Hmoong http://flickr.com/photos/hmoong/16047839768 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

If you were to take a photograph of your feet in your 20’s, 40’s, 60’s and 80’s they would more than likely look quite different through the decades of walking, running, shopping, working and not to mention the unsuitable footwear that we put them through in our daily routine.

Here are just some of the changes that we can expect to happen to our feet as we age:

  • Thicker Toenails- Toenails tend to become thicker and so more yellow and discoloured, this is because of reduced circulation to the toes which are the furthest extremity away from the heart. Repeated trauma from footwear also causes the nails to thicken.
  • Fungal Nails- Fungus can thrive in damaged nails and so when nails become thicker they can be more susceptible, those with Diabetes are also more prone to this due to raised Glucose levels.
  • Dry skin- The skin on the feet and especially over the shins thins out and becomes dry making it more likely to be easily damaged, and more difficult to heal.
  • Heel Pain and Pain on Ball of foot- As we get older the fatty padding under our feet thins and our skin loses its elasticity, this can make walking more painful as our joints are not as cushioned from the ground we are walking on.
  • Bunions and Hammer/Clawing toes- Osteoarthritis can affect the joints in the feet making the toes become deformed and difficult to fit into footwear.
  • Corns and Calluses- The above mentioned arthritic changes can make footwear become tight and uncomfortable causing friction leading to corns and calluses developing.
  • Swollen Feet- Due to cardiac (heart) problems  more prevalent in older people and venous insufficiency (the blood not effectively pumping back up the legs because of varicose veins) fluid can pool in the legs and ankles making them feel tired and heavy. If the circulation is reduced the feet can also feel quite cold.

These are just some of the changes that happen to the feet, there are more. Cutting your own toenails can also become almost impossible to do. Many of our patients have told us how it feels like their ‘feet have gone further away’ or that they ‘can get down to them but then can’t see to do them properly.’

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flickr photo by pedrosimoes7 http://flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/3717536433 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

The fact is that impaired vision, arthritic joints, hips that have been replaced and nippers that just won't cut through thick toenails, make what used to be a quite simple task almost impossible.

A Podiatrist can help, by having your feet treated around every 6 weeks you do not have the toil of trying to cope yourself with this new problem. The added advantage is that your Podiatrist will not only do the things you now find difficult, but can also offer you other support, footwear advice when your usual shoe no longer fits, a referral onto a vascular consultant if your foot pulses become reduced, Insoles when your feet become painful to walk on.

By investing in your ageing feet you are reducing the chances of a fall, subsequent operations, and increasing your mobility. As Podiatrists we believe that health feet really can be your best companion as you grow older to ensure you the best quality of life.