Taking Care of Your Feet -Advice for Runners

Do you take care of your Feet when you run? During running, our feet put under added pressure and they absorb more force than they are used to.  Our feet propel us and it is the condition of our feet that will determine the outcome of our jog, run or marathon.  So why is it that, a lot of runners, do not take proper care of their feet? Did you know that the foot is the 2nd most common injured part of our body after the knee?  Running can lead to injuries and pain in the shins, knees, hips and lower back.  So perhaps it is time that we start to pay some more attention to the importance of our feet. Find the perfect running shoe We treat a lot of runners in our clinics.  The common complaints that runners arrive with...

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5 Exercises for Foot Health

Foot Health Foot health contributes to our balance, our posture and our overall wellbeing.  Try these foot exercises and learn how our feet are connected to every other part of our body.  Whether your job keeps you on your feet all day or if you are sat at a nice cosy desk, our feet are extremely important to our daily lives as they are our main mode of transport. If you are a sporty person you will be well aware of the importance of foot health and how your feet contribute to your success in the gym or on the track etc.  Not many of us have considered foot exercises for foot health! Have you?   Ankle Circles These are great for the flexibility and overall mobility of your ankle and your whole lower body. These exercises work particularly well for metatarsal...

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Orthotics

What are Orthotics ? Orthotics are a medical grade range of corrective insoles. They are placed in your shoes to correct the alignment of the bones in your feet.  To know if you require orthotics you should first arrange an initial diagnostic visit to your chiropodist, who will carry out a biomechanical assessment into the way your foot moves. If there are any biomechanical issues, corrective measures can then be taken to counter any problems.  Do you suffer from pain in the foot, ankle, knee or hip? This may be solved by wearing orthotics. This is what happens to our body when our feet are off balance. There are lots of different types & brands of generic orthotics/insoles available on the market. You can find them in most pharmacies, shoe shops and even in supermarkets. These insoles offer limited comfort...

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Are Shoes Causing Your PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Are Your Shoes Causing Your Plantar Fasciitis CHIROPODIST ALAN WARD TALKS ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE OF SUFFERING FROM PLANTAR FASCIITIS (HEEL PAIN) Do you suffer from heel pain, also known as Plantar Fasciitis, during or after playing sport or first thing in the morning? Are your shoes causing your plantar fasciits? Are you a Liverpool supporter? (I’m not, unfortunately, I’m Chelsea). Then you’re not alone, I read with great interest an excellent article in The Irish Independent on 5/12/15 by Chris Bascombe on Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson’s struggles with Plantar Fasciitis, he says “It was unbearable, every time I planted my foot it was like a burning, stabbing pain”.   Even the mighty Alex Ferguson commented in his book that Jordan’s poor running style would make him injury prone. In a related RTE Sport interview The Munster & Ireland Rugby player Damian Varley,...

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Autumn Foot Care Tips- From The Dublin City Foot Clinic

Farewell Summer …….Its “Crunch Time”Autumn Foot Care Tips So that’s it, another summer flies off into the ever fast approaching sunsets. Well, it’s not been too bad really, at least we got all had a chance (albeit fleetingly) to air our sandals and flip flops.  Our chiropodists at the Dublin City Foot Clinic have been busy preparing our clients for the annual pilgrimage to warmer climes, even if that is only Killarney !! Now, our thoughts turn to the dreaded “closed in shoe” or heaven forbid even boots, Aghhhhhh,,, if the weather requires warm legs & ankles !! So, here are some tips from our expert chiropodists at the Dublin City Foot Clinic you may find useful as we head into the darker evenings and falling leaves: Socks: Wear a thicker sock that allows your foot to breathe; it is...

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