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Feet and the Great War 1914-18

Feet and the Great War 1914-18

Welcome to ‘Feet and the Great War’ – the origins of trench foot, although associated with the Great War, were recognised long before. This article can be downloaded below as part of ConsultingFootPain’s commemoration of an insane war which took the lives of nearly a million allied military personnel. You can download a full article on trench foot

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What’s the difference between chiropody & podiatry?

What’s the difference between chiropody & podiatry?

Two leading organisations promote podiatry for professional members. The Royal College of Podiatry and The Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists. The question frequently asked is, what’s the difference between chiropody and podiatry? We must come out with the honest answer, perhaps unpalatable to some, obvious to others. Fact is the only value behind the solution.

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Tales of foot surgery and big toe problems

Tales of foot surgery and big toe problems

I have tolerated the ‘bump’ on the side of my foot for many years now & apart from early joint change pains, I can’t say that it has troubled me greatly apart from obviously restricting the wearing of certain shoes.  Now having been a Podiatrist for 40 years myself, I have seen the consequences of my patients’ bunions, some of whom have avoided surgical treatment, & others who have had both unsuccessful & successful procedures in the past. 

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Pain with failed healing after injury

Pain with failed healing after injury

Everyone knows about pain – it hurts, but what if that pain does not subside, or pain medication fail. In this article, I will introduce you to a pain known as the ‘sympathetic pain syndrome’.
Pain arises because of insult or injury. A process known as inflammation kicks off, and clinicians recognise redness and swelling as part of the so-called cardinal signs.

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Old shoe new shoe

Old shoe new shoe

 Let’s look at the everyday shoe. When should our old shoes be replaced for new shoes? If you are like me shoes last a long time, but then we all have our favourites which might wear down faster. My blue trainers looked sad as the outer coat (the Uppers) were speckled with garden shed paint having been replaced as my best friend.  Conversion to a workhorse is economically sound as you can keep shoes going for longer even if they are past their best. When should you chuck them out? How can you keep them lasting longer? This is the subject of my article this month.

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Footwear can be tricky

Footwear can be tricky

As a child of the late fifties, I had my feet measured with loving care. It was an independent shoe outlet called Pomfret’s. As the years went by the father moved on and left it to his son John, a smart forty-something man with tight but neatly creased trousers, and sharp-pointed slip-on shoes. His haircut might have come from the days of Elvis Presley.

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