Yearly Archives - 2012

New Podiatry Website

Our new website is up and running. We hope the new website provides the local community of Wandsworth and Lambeth an easy to access resource on foot pain and how Podiatry might be able to help.

Our service section aims to highlight some of the more common foot conditions treated by our podiatrists in London. Topics such as Plantar fasciitis and Heel pain are the more popular pages however it is also the lesser known conditions such as how podiatry can help with your knee pain, or what is a gait analysis?

We are always after new topics, so if there is a foot condition or problem you would like to know more about get in touch with us and we will make it happen. 


BBC say ‘See a Podiatrist’

Who’s the best person to treat my injury?

If your injury is minor – not much more than a little stiffness or soreness – it may be that you have simply been doing a little too much too soon and the affected area just needs rest.

However, there may be underlying reason for the soreness, extrinsic or intrinsic, and it never pays to ignore an injury, especially when it may be very easy to locate its cause. You could be assessed and treated by:

  • Podiatry – podiatrists specialise in diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the foot and lower limb. They can provide relief of painful symptoms and also preventive care for people with conditions that may affect the health of their feet. A podiatrist might prescribe and manufacture orthoses – specialist insoles that can address problems like pronation by holding the foot in a stable position and preventing it rolling inwards. Podiatry is rarely offered on the NHS, so you’ll probably have to pay to see a podiatrist privately.
    South West Podiatry is covered by most UK insurance providers, So you may not have to pay for your assessment and treatment. Call today to book an appointment 
  • Physiotherapy – this covers a well-established group of treatments or techniques, frequently involving physical manipulation of the affected area. It’s offered in hospitals, on the high street, in doctors’ surgeries, and often in gyms and sports centres. Physiotherapy is a very broad term and many physiotherapists specialise in a particular area of the body, so you may need some guidance in choosing the right therapist for you. Physiotherapy is available on the NHS, but these days you usually have to wait weeks and months. If you can decide to see a physio privately, you can refer yourself directly.
  • Osteopathy – this is a complementary therapy that focuses on musculo-skeletal problems. It concentrates primarily on problems with muscles, joints and nerves and employs a range of physical and manual techniques. In the UK it’s considered a complementary therapy, so access to osteopathy on the NHS is limited, but some osteopaths work alongside GPs, and GPs are permitted to refer patients to them. You can also go to see them privately without referral.
  • Chiropractic – chiropractors use physical manipulation to treat problems with joints, bones and muscles, and the effects they have on the nervous system. Chiropractors place particular emphasis on the spine, which is why they tend to be associated with treating bad backs. Like osteopathy, chiropractic is only available as an NHS treatment in some areas, depending on the policy of the local primary care trust, or you can see them privately without referral.

If you do go directly to a therapist outside the NHS, it’s important to check they’re a regulated practitioner, and whoever you see for treatment – on the NHS or not – needs to have skills relevant to your specific problem.

All the Podiatrists working at South West Podiatry are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council, the governing body in the UK.


The full BBC article can be viewed at


Plantar Fasciitis in Wandsworth

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain in the heel, across the sole of the foot and sometimes into the arch area of the foot too. It is caused by inflammation of the ‘plantar fascia’ ligament. This is a very important ligament, connecting the heel to the ball of the foot and playing a vital role in supporting the arch of your foot – taking the strain when you stand, walk or run.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel, across the sole of the foot (the part that touches the ground) and sometimes it can spread into the arch area of the foot too. The pain can be described as sharp, burning and aching. Usually the pain comes on slowly – i.e. you think it will go away but it persists. The pain is usually worst when you first place weight on your foot, for example, when you get up in the morning or after long periods of sitting. The pain can worsen as the day goes on and/or after long periods of weight bearing such as standing or walking for a long time. It can feel as though the more you do, the worse the pain gets.

Why did I get it?

Plantar fasciitis can affect anybody, but it is most common amongst people over the age of 40. There are many theories as to the development of the condition, these include: over using the ligament by doing too much standing/walking, excessive body weight and altered biomechanics e.g. people with flat feet or high arched feet or those with tight calves causing limited upward movement of the ankle).

Occupations that require extended periods of weight bearing i.e. those that work shifts of eight hours or more, are also linked with the development of plantar fasciitis.

How can I treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with first-line strategies and should these fail then Simon is able to provide all the treatment options required to get you walking again:

  • Padding and strapping. Placing pads in the shoe softens the impact of walking. Strapping helps support the foot and reduce strain on the fascia.
  • Orthotic devices. Custom orthotic devices that fit into your shoe help correct the underlying structural abnormalities causing the plantar fasciitis.
  • Injection therapy. In some cases, corticosteroid injections are used to help reduce the inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Removable walking cast. A removable walking cast may be used to keep your foot immobile for a few weeks to allow it to rest and heal.
  • Night splint. Wearing a night splint allows you to maintain an extended stretch of the plantar fascia while sleeping. This may help reduce the morning pain experienced by some patients.
  • Physical therapy. Exercises and other physical therapy measures may be used to help provide relief.

What now?

No matter what kind of treatment you undergo for plantar fasciitis, the underlying causes that led to this condition may remain. Therefore, you will need to continue with preventive measures. Wearing supportive shoes, stretching, and using custom orthotic devices are the mainstay of long-term treatment for plantar fasciitis.

More information.

If you have any further questions please get in touch with South West Podiatry who will be able to advise you. Or visit



Podiatry Videos

Filmed at our Podiatry clinic in Ealrsfield, South London, see our new information videos on foot and ankle pain. We aim to show you what to expect from an initial assessment including gait analysis and insoles based around the Wandsworth area including Balham and Clapham.


If you have any questions about your heel pain or bunions and you live in the Tooting, Balham or Clapham areas of South London then give us a call at South West Podiatry to have your foot and leg pains looked at. 


London Marathon South West Podiatry

London Marathon is fast approaching and the training should be well under way by now. With the initial shock of cold and wet morning runs behind you and fear of the delayed onset muscular soreness you should be finding that the mileage is racking up. However, if like many London Marathon runners you are suffering with foot injuries then it is important to get it assessed as quickly as possible by a Podiatrist 

South West Podiatry is based in Earlsfield, Wimbledon and Maidenhead are fully aware of the runner needs and the team has treated all foot and ankle conditions common to marathon runners including plantar fasciitis and stress fractures of the foot.

The team will provide you with thorough biomechanical assessment and gait analysis to determine the cause of the injury. We also work closely with our physiotherapy colleagues to tailor a specific rehabilitation programme along with utilising other treatment modalities such as shock wave and orthotic therapy.


Olympics Road Race

With the Olympic road race coming though Wandsworth, Richmond and Putney, now is the time to get your knee pain assessed. Are your feet leading to incorrect Biomechanics causing your knee pain?

Contact the specialists at South West Podiatry for a full review of your lower limb Biomechanics.


Sun is Out

The Sun is out in London.

Have your foot pain assessed in South London to make the most of the arrival of the sun. Make sure your feet are ‘sun ready’ for parading around Clapham Common and get the most out of the sun whilst is lasts.

Wimbledon common has some great areas to get your feet out and get the summer tan.



With Wimbledon now completed it is time to get your ankle sprains assessed and treated at South West Podiatry. Our team has worked with elite athletes and the weekend warriors for years perfecting the best diagnosis and treatment plan for individuals. At South West podiatry we have direct access to the Physiotherapy team of ProPhysiotherapy who have clinics in Earlsfield and Wimbledon.