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The podiatrist that does hands & feet

The podiatrist that does hands & feet

“We can hide our toenails with our shoes and socks, but the hands like our faces are on display!” Podiatrists study nails a subject known as onychology and have to treat infections and growths that distort the nail bed often brought about by injury. Laser treatment has been developing over the past decades and can be used to deal with some unsightly discolouration brought about by a fungal infection. Psoriasis is another condition that commonly presents in hands. We saw the work of another podiatrist, Afni who manages post-cancer patients. The effects of chemotherapy can leave painful shedding nails.

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The Footballer’s Podiatrist

The Footballer’s Podiatrist

Before the inception of podiatric biomechanics as a core subject and long before the term musculoskeletal podiatrist entered the vernacular, there was some mystery about the subject. Approaching one lecturer at his Paddington college in London (no longer in existence) he asked, “ this biomechanics lark, are you going to teach it one afternoon? I’m going to need that.” And he went – no, I can’t teach you that in an afternoon!”

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Podiatrist goes to prison

Podiatrist goes to prison

He recalls, “the vascular surgeon walked in, took one look and said, “we’ll just chop those off above the knee, and walked out.  I was left with the patient who was gobsmacked as we both were and had to pick up the pieces. That was the delivery of the care pathway for this patient. Being in my 20s at the time it was quite a shock to deal with a 60-year-old patient being told that he’s going to have both legs amputated above the knee!”

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Is it safe to tattoo my foot?

Is it safe to tattoo my foot?

When Jim took down his scrub trousers in the anaesthetic room he was not proposing to me but showing off his canvas; his body and I mean his body was literally covered from ankle to groin in all shapes and patterns. Okay, I understood the runes and shapes had not been crafted in one go but at intervals. I dare say he would have had more done but then there were the financial considerations.

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Clinical Podiatrist to Business Manager

Clinical Podiatrist to Business Manager

She started looking for an established practice to buy into and found Dulwich where she still practises. As a mother to young children, Debbie had to factor flexibility into the equation– ‘being flexible’, but not just being flexibile around working hours important as a woman or a mother – but flexibility to choose what direction she wanted to take career and development toward

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From Knitting Needles to Heading an NHS Service

From Knitting Needles to Heading an NHS Service

As part of her teaching role, she quickly realised that if you don’t want people to struggle, and you wanted staff retention, as there was a shortage of podiatrists at that time – that you had to nurture them. Her early experiences as a junior had revealed the benefit of having more experienced podiatrists to offer clinical supervision when starting out. Very soon the agency started sending all the new graduates to Bromley before they then went on to other London Trusts.

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Tarsal Tunnel Pain

Tarsal Tunnel Pain

I want to introduce you to the condition called tarsal tunnel syndrome as a cause of heel pain but with the distinctive quality that the pain burns. The second feature that gives the condition away is that feeling of fullness, a sort of exploding sensation when exercising worsening with standing walking or running. Sometimes this type of problem pain is called referred. This means that the source of pain and location may not match. The pain may be in front of the foot but is related to the structures in the hind part of the foot.

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Podiatrist Outside his Comfort Zone

Podiatrist Outside his Comfort Zone

Jai confesses his approach comes back to that Canary mentality; he probes and tests. He says he has a habit of going off at a tangent when thinking about things, it’s just the way I am..  He says his best developments come from non-podiatrists. This might appear strange but in fact it is the norm if you want to progress your knowledge.. You know the view of your professional teaching, but when you step outside your comfort zone and add another dimension, that’s when your horizon widens.

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More about heel problems

More about heel problems

The most common types of heel pain problems arise from general overuse or repetitive heel pad strain but heel pain is complex and if left can resist treatment. In this article, there are four key subjects that you need to know about. The first relates to children while the other conditions are adult related. There are conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and ankylosing spondylitis that may affect the heel as well as rarer conditions and of course fractures. If the pain does not subside with self-help remedies recommended after several weeks, then seek professional medical help from a podiatrist or medical practitioner. 

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