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Central Podiatry presents to local Diabetes UK Group

Central Podiatry presents to local Diabetes UK Group


Central Podiatry discussed the importance of the foot health with the Wolston group of Diabetes UK members earlier this month.

Foot problems can be a complication of long term or poorly controlled diabetes.  Damage can be caused by damage to nerves and blood vessel which can lead to ulcers and in the worse cases amputations.  The Independent Diabetes Trust report that there are approximately 130 amputations undertaken nationally each week, but the good news is that around 80% are preventable.

Pete discussed with the Wolston group how to minimise the risks of developing problems:

  • Good blood sugar control is key!  As a Type 1 diabetic himself, Pete knows that that is not always easy but without good control our risks of developing problems increase.  Prevention is always better than cure!
  • Correct and good fitting shoes can help minimise the risk of problems.  Too tight, narrow or loose shoes should be avoided.  Feet change as we get older and our choice of shoe may need to change too!
  • Never walk barefoot which can increase the chance of accidental damage.
  • Regularly and daily moisturising to avoid dry skin.
  • Checking your feet daily for any changes and seeking help from your GP or a podiatrist if there are any problems.

Everyone with diabetes should have an annual foot check undertaken by the NHS, normally at their GP practice.  This should include:

  • Checks for callus, corns and any other changes
  • Footwear checked that it is appropriate and not causing problems
  • An assessment for numbness and loss of sensation

Importantly, you should be told your results and the level of risk of complications.  Anyone with increased risks should then receive free NHS podiatry services where a multidisciplinary team will provide the best care.

Those with lower risks need to maintain regular checks.  Central Podiatry can assist in minimising the chance of problems appearing through regular assessments, nail cutting, treatment of callus, corns, heel fissures and footwear advice.

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Runners Knee!

Knee pain is so commonly seen in runners that is often simply referred to as ‘Runners Knee’!  However, the term really covers a wide range of knee problems that can produce similar symptoms such as Patellofemoral Syndrome and Iliotibial Band Syndrome.

As training and distances increases, runners can notice a dull ache under their kneecap (also known as the patella).  Sharp pain may also be felt when kneeling or after sitting for a long period of time.  Some may become aware of swelling or a crunching sensation in the knee.

Pain and discomfort may also be felt when:

  • lunging and squatting
  • hopping and jumping and
  • climbing up and downstairs

Knee pain can be both frustrating and debilitating particularly when training for a running event or when it interrupts those New Year get-fit resolutions!

There are a wider range of factors that can lead to Runner’s Knee and it is often not a problem with the knee itself.  There may be weakness or imbalance in one of the muscle groups above or below the knee leading to the tissues in the knee becoming irritated and inflamed.  Weak quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings may all be playing a part.

Rest from running (and replacement with exercise with less impact) will often relieve pain initially.  But without the right intervention the problem is likely to return as running resumes.  Undiagnosed problems can turn a painful knee into a chronic problem, stopping your running altogether!

At Central Podiatry we will identify where the problem lies through a biomechanical assessment.  We will give you a personalised plan comprising the exercises required to strengthen any weakness and, if required, we will prescribe orthoses (insoles) which can alter your biomechanics and improve function.

Make an appointment and see how we can help you meet your running targets pain free in 2020.


Let’s get Active

Our podiatrist Pete Chambers is running in the 40th anniversary London Marathon in April 2020.  He’s run the event before and was in the medics tent last year tending to those who had completed the 26.2 miles. He’ll be regularly providing more detailed advice on these themes over the coming months.

Whether you have never donned a pair of trainers before or are a seasoned marathoner, running is a fabulous way of boosting your mental and physical health and aid weight loss.  Over the next few months, I’ll share tips including what to do to get the most from your training and what you should be doing to avoid injury.

Here’s five to get started:

1: How to start

Our bodies take time to adapt to the new loads placed upon them when we run. Begin with short distances, every other day. This will allow your body to recover, whilst allowing you to gradually increase the distance.  Run-walk sessions are a great way to allow the soft tissues to adapt and build up your endurance.

2: Avoid too much too soon

Doing too much too soon is a recipe for injury.  Take a days rest if you are aching – your body will thank you for it.  Avoid running on sore muscles or joints.  Any pain that is getting worse, needs to be properly assessed by a podiatrist to avoid a long-term injury.

3: Invest in some proper running shoes

Try on a range of different running shoes.  Central Podiatry can help guide you on what type of training shoe would be most appropriate for you depending on the way you move and your anatomy.  But above all, comfort is the most important aspect to consider when buying.

4: Are you Fit to Run?

It pays dividends to incorporate some strength training into your week to help you run faster, stronger, burn more fat and avoid injury.  A very simple test: stand on one leg.  Can you hold a strong and stable position for 30 seconds?  This test replicates what you do in running.  If you can’t complete this test then you need to practice.

5: Come and see us!

We are experts in the lower limb.  We can assess your biomechanics (the way you move), advise you on footwear, give you strengthening exercises and deal with painful callus and nails conditions that can impact on your running enjoyment!


We are pleased to welcome to the team podiatrist Pete Chambers

Pete graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Northampton. He is a member of the College of Podiatry and Health & Care Professions Council and holds additional entitlements to administer local anaesthesia for minor surgery and for the sale and supply of prescription only medicines.

Pete is a keen athlete and competes in triathlon, 10K, half and full marathons. He has provided acute podiatric care to runners as part of the medical team at the London Marathon and has an interest in foot and ankle injuries and their rehabilitation.

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Fungal Nails

What are fungal nails?

A fungal nail infection can occur in fingernails or toenails. In the toenail it usually occurs as a result of having Athletes foot that has been left untreated. Athletes foot is a fungal infection that resides on the sole of the foot and between the toes, if not managed it can eventually spread to the nails. The nails can become discoloured, thickened, have a strong odour and become uncomfortable. The shape and thickness of the nail can change making them difficult to trim and causing discomfort when placing pressure on them.

What is the cause?

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New Nail Diagnosis

Central Podiatry Daventry can offer a new reliable test to accurately diagnose fungal nail infection. In around half of cases where nails are unsightly or thickened, fungal infection is not responsible. In some cases this can lead to inappropriate and unecessary fungal nail treatment.

To carry out the test a small nail sample is required, the procedure is painless and takes only 5 minutes to carry out while you wait.

To book an appointment please contact us on 01327 700033