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The London Marathon |South West Podiatry

It has been nearly a month since the lucky few found out they have a place in the ballot for the London Marathon, and the daunting task ahead is starting to sink in. The team at South West Podiatry know this feeling all to well, and from our experience in marathon running preparation is key.

High on your London Marathon preparation list should be an assessment with one of our Specialist MSK Podiatrists. They will provide you with a thorough running assessment at our gait lab in Earlsfield.

Anyone can have an assessment and it is commonly used to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify movement-related problems for people who have injuries in the foot, ankle, knees, hips or lower back.

The South West Podiatry team specialise in improving how people walk and run to prevent injury and improve lower limb pain. We use the latest technology to identify areas of increased foot pressure and inefficiencies in your foot pattern.  South West Podiatry will analyse your running gait on a treadmill we will also use pressure analysis to identify in-efficient foot patterns or increased stress in the lower legs and feet.

The results of the Biomechanical assessment will enable the team to provide you with a targeted strength program to help improve any areas of weakness in the lower limb as well as providing you with running gait re-training if we feel this is needed. The most important part of the assessment is advice on the most appropriate trainers for your foot type and running style.

So in order to be London marathon ready contact the clinic today to book an appointment with one of the South West Podiatry team.


High heels and your feet: Our top tips!

High heels are one of the most common types of footwear out there, but wearing high heels the wrong way can result in soreness, pain and even damage to your feet. If you want to make sure that your heels aren’t hurting your feet in the short or long term, make sure you consider these top tips that will help keep your heels from hurting you.

Tip #1: Don’t wear high heels too long

Whenever possible, make sure that you aren’t wearing high heels for more than 3 to 8 hours at a time, with 8 hours being the absolutely maximum consecutive period you should wear them. If you must wear them for longer–such as all day at work–then choose heels with a shorter heel and a wider style, as these will not be as harsh on your feet.

Tip #2: Make sure there is a half inch of space in the toe

Don’t wear high heels that pinch your toes! Your heels should have about half an inch of space in the toe, as this will give your feet enough room in the shoe to avoid unnecessary friction. This may be difficult with high heels that have a thin design, but try your best not to wear narrow high heels for too long.

Tip #3: Avoid heel heights over 5cm whenever possible 

The highest your heel should be is about 5 cm; any higher than this and you increase the chances of falling while wearing the shoe, while also increasing the amount of pressure the shoe has on your feet. Whenever possible, avoid wearing shoes with heels higher than 5 cm; or if you must wear them, keep them on for a limited time and exercise caution while walking.

Tip #4: Take shorter strides when wearing heels

Wearing heels increases your chance for tripping and stumbling, but you can reduce this risk by taking smaller, shorter strides when you walk. A shorter and smaller step will make it easier for you to control your steps and reduce the chances of getting the heel caught on the ground or otherwise causing the shoe to buckle.

Tip #5: Bring flats or slip shoes in case your feet hurt too much

If you plan on wearing new heels for the first time or you think the heels might get uncomfortable, make sure you bring along a pair of flats or slip shoes that you can change into when it gets to be too much. It’s better to deal with the brief awkwardness of stashing your heels in your work desk or tossing them into your backseat in the middle of an event than to have to manage the pain and frustrating that comes with wearing painful shoes for too long.

Remember, wearing high heels is perfectly fine, as long as you practice common sense tips to protect your feet from getting hurt while wearing them. 


How to care for your feet as a diabetic!

Living with diabetes can be difficult, and as much as you watch your sugar intake, you also must take care of your feet as you continue to live with the disease. Diabetes is known for hurting the blood supply to your feet and can cause pain and slow healing. There are numerous things you can do to protect your feet while factoring in your diabetes and your lifestyle.

The best in foot care for diabetics

The very first thing you should do is find a podiatrist. By seeking a professional opinion about how to best car for your foot from a foot doctor you will begin to gather as much information as possible about how to structure the rest of your life. Then you should work to keep your feet clean and free of infection. If you have any blistering or damage be sure to treat any and all wounds with the utmost care. Bandaids, rubbing alcohol, and protective socks will become major parts of your foot care. If you are someone who wears there shoes a little too tight, you are going to have to go up a pair, as the constant rubbing can be very damaging to your newly sensitive feet. Be sure to swap out any pair of shoes that might be even slightly ill-fitting. Never walk barefoot anywhere. The bottoms of your feet are highly susceptible to infection and cuts.  Finally, be sure to consistently cut and file your toenails as to not let infections or fungi begin to live under your nails.

Butt out! It’s time to ditch the cigarettes

As a diabetic you know not to smoke, and well, ever since you were a child they have been giving you a laundry list of medical reasons not to smoke. Smoking is another habit that will hamper your blood circulation on top of your diabetes. Do not make it harder for your blood to reach your feet. Find a patch or quit cold turkey so that you can give your feet (and lungs) a much needed break. 

You diet helps here too!

Keeping your blood sugar in line and making sure you are consuming a nutritious diet are keys in protecting your feet from some of the worst side effects of having diabetes. You need to constantly monitor yourself so that you are aware as to just why your feet are bothering you so badly. 

When to see your podiatrist or medical professional

Since your healing process will be much slower as a symptom of your illness, any time you receive a blister that is lingering you should see a medical professional immediately. This goes the same for any injury as well. If your feet change color or you have difficulty in feeling them, you should seek out medical assistance. If a wound were to break the skin and any discharge should be seen leaving the wound, that is another instance in which you should seek help.


How to diagnose and treat Plantar Fasciitis!

Plantar Fasciitis may not be something you have heard much of, yet is a very common issue that is estimated to be affecting over 2 million people in the US alone – the UK isn’t much further behind.

This is a condition that causes the bottom of your heel to hurt, sometimes incredibly painfully. ​Today, we will be going over our methods on how to diagnose, treat, and understand the science behind this.

Fun fact! The name ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ is derived from the word ‘plantar fascia’, which is a broad ligament that basically supports your feet and helps you walk.


The most obvious symptom would be the actual condition ‒ which is when the bottom of your heel starts to hurt, whether it be from one foot or both.

It should be noted that this pain can affect everyone in different ways, though it is common for the condition to get worse after being sedentary for a while. In addition, it can be sharp, dull, or even spread to other ligaments.

A very notable thing to emphasize is that people usually only feel the pain ​after ​exercise, and not during it; this is a rather difficult symptom to determine, and also makes it easier to ‘overwork or damage’ your feet unknowingly.

If you ever think you may be developing Plantar Fasciitis, don’t hesitate to go to a doctor for a physical checkup ‒ they will most likely just evaluate your coordination or sensitivity, though there are cases where MRIs have been involved.


There is a multitude of reasons that Plantar Fasciitis could be happening to you. Arguably the most common one is that you’ve constantly stretched, or torn, your fascia ‒ causing it to become irritated and damaged.

Additionally, obese or overweight people are more likely to start developing this condition; this is because the extra fat can add more pressure to your ligaments, hence meaning your feet have to support that much more weight.

Strangely enough, you can also start suffering from this when you are ​too ​active ‒ mainly if you’re a runner or on your feet 24/7!


We’d strongly advise going to see a qualified podiatrist just like ourselves but a simple home remedy you could try is applying ice to your feet a few times a day (that’s it!). This stops further swelling, and can generally help numb the pain a bit.

Physical therapy plays a major role in any successful recovery; it can help strengthen your muscles and balance. However, there are more drastic measures needed for serious cases ‒ some of which being ​extracorporeal shock therapy​ or ​gastrocnemius recession​.

One major tip would just be to take it easy; doing regular stretching exercises while avoiding putting too much strain on your feet can already help a ton. Additionally, it might be worthwhile to invest in some arch supports or casts.


How to deal with sweaty feet!

Sweaty feet can surprisingly be a terrible thing to experience. With over 250,000 sweat glands, it can get really unpleasant to deal with this issue.

But why does this even happen? Well, sweating is a critical process our body undergoes to cool ourselves down, and control body temperature. Almost every single body part does this, including our feet!

Did you know there is a condition, called ​plantar hyperhidrosis, ​that causes the excessive sweating of the feet? A staggering 5% of the world population suffer from this.

We aren’t trying to scare you, but if left untreated ‒ you can contract diseases, blisters, infections, and other nasty things! Today, we are going to share our methods for preventing and handling sweaty feet, ranging from home remedies to various treatments.


To save yourself all the struggles in the first place, you can simply dedicate some of your time every day to washing your feet every day. This completely wipes out any bacteria lingering around, and also stops terrible foot odor from emerging.


You need to prioritize wearing dry and clean socks, especially if you usually wear closed-toe shoes. Make sure to avoid manmade or synthetic materials, since this can trap moisture and lead to odor-related problems (similarly to shoes).


If deodorants can be used for armpits, is it that hard to believe they can also work for smelly feet? Regardless, an efficient spray can deal with the foul smell, stop incessant sweating, ​and​ protect your feet from bacteria.


Foot soaks can work wonders; they can actually kill all sorts of parasites, as well as leave your feet clean as a bonus! The most common treatments involve apple cider vinegar, natural oils, and salts.

Residual moisture can lead to bacteria forming however;​ so after cleansing your feet, make sure to dry them well, in every nook and cranny! You should also make a point to keep your shoes and socks dry as well.


Getting shoes made out of natural materials (avoid plastic in particular!) is a simple yet effective solution ‒ this is because such substances allow some ‘breathing room’ for your feet. In addition, make sure your shoes are the correct size; if they are too tight, this can lead to ​more​ sweating.


Applying an anti-fungal foot powder can help absorb excess moisture. According to Doctor Stephen Weinberg, roll-on products are more effective than sprays, since most of the latter’s “antipespirant action is lost in air”.

If you don’t have such powders on hand, there are many alternatives you can use ‒ some of which being baby powder, cornstarch, and baking soda; t​hese serve the same purpose by keeping your feet dry.


Your shoes and foot pain!

Your shoes could be the culprit for your foot pain! Wearing shoes beyond their life span, the wrong style of shoe, or an incorrect shoe size can impact the health of your feet!

Keep in mind:

Your trainers may wear out after 400 or 500 miles and no longer provide the support you need.

High heels and shoes without proper arches or support (like flip-flops) can damage your feet !

Your feet can change in size during your lifetime (even when you’re an adult) 👣

Consider purchasing new, well-fitting shoes to help your aching feet. Shoes that provide proper arches can give your feet new life. Also, wear shoes that work for whatever activity you’re engaging in. For example, wear trainers made for exercising when exercising.


What is Plantar Fasciitis? How do I know if I have it?

Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom of the heel. It stems from the plantar fascia which is a thick, weblike ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and helps you walk.

Unfortunately, this painful condition is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. This is often down to that fact that the plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life – especially so if you’re more active or on your feet more than most. Normally, these ligaments act as shock absorbers, supporting the arch of the foot but too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments. This is then when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and it’s the inflammation that causes heel pain and stiffness.

The most common complaint of people with plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel, but some will experience pain at the bottom mid-foot area. This won’t come on overnight but instead develops gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet. The type of pain people experience does very with some people describing the pain as dull, while others experience a sharp pain. Additionally, some people will feel a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel.

The pain is usually at its worst in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed, or if you’ve been sitting or lying down for a little while. Climbing stairs can also be difficult due to heel stiffness. After prolonged activity, either from exercise or standing for a sustained period of time, the pain can flare up due to increased inflammation. More often than not, the pain isn’t felt during the activity but rather just after stopping.


Orthotic medical devices | South West Podiatry | Wimbledon | insoles

South West Podiatry specialise in medical orthotic intervention for a range of foot, ankle and knee problems. Orthotics are medical devices which aim to de-stress different parts of the foot and ankle in order to relieve pain and improve function. Orthotics can be used on a daily basis or for sports. The podiatrist at South West Podiatry will take you through a full gait analysis and biomechanical examination to determine the specific type of orthotic that you would benefit from.

There are many ways of moulding feet and manufacturing custom made devices. It is important to ensure that we take an accurate mould of your foot profile, so we mould feet using foam boxes, plaster of paris and 3D scanning. South West Podiatry has access to all types of orthotic manufacture from 3D printing, slimline direct milled to traditional vacuum formed orthotic manufacture. We work with leading world wide manufacturing companies as far as Australia and Canada, to identify which manufacturing type would suit your needs.

Want to know more about orthotics – press here: Fix My Feet

We look forward to welcoming you into clinic soon 🙂


Waterloo Podiatry | South West Podiatry | Foot and Ankle Specialists

Travel to Wimbledon from Waterloo in under 16 minutes ! Visit our specialist Foot and Ankle clinic at Wimbledon – South West Podiatry.

Waterloo station is only 16 minutes away via national rail to our specialist foot and ankle clinic in Wimbledon. Our Wimbledon clinic offers weekend and evening appointments to offer our commuter clients the availability to see a Podiatrist around your busy work schedule.

With direct trains from London Waterloo station to Wimbledon and evening access, there is nothing to stop you from keeping your feet healthy and seeing a local foot specialist. The direct train stops at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and Earlsfield.

We are a private podiatry practice with clinics located in Wimbledon, Earlsfield and Maidenhead. Our experienced team of podiatrists provide the highest level of care for a wide range of foot, ankle and lower limb conditions.

We focus on all areas of Podiatric medicine, from Elite level athletes, complex foot and ankle pain to general foot and ankle issues.    We use specialist treatments such as ESWT, FMT, Infra Red pressure analysis Steroid injections and Orthotic therapy / Insoles, in order to manage foot and ankle conditions.  We also manage common, routine podiatry foot problems such as; surgical intervention for in-growing toe nails; appropriate nail cutting, fungal nail infections, corns, verrucae, arch and heel pain.

We look forward to welcoming you into our clinic.


Tom Walton | Podiatrist | South West Podiatry

Meet Tom Walton, Trainee Podiatric Surgeon and Podiatrist for South West Podiatry.

Team Member BIO – Tom Walton

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Tom graduated from one of the top schools of podiatry, at the University of Huddersfield. Since then he has gained his Masters Degree ( MSc ) at the University of Brighton. Tom has also completed courses in corticosteroid injection therapy, botulinum and hyaluronic acid to treat various foot problems.

Tom specialises in lower limb biomechanics, musculoskeletal podiatry, foot pain and sports injuries of the foot and ankle.

Tom is an experienced podiatrist who also works at SEPT NHS trust in a specialist role, assessing and treating complex foot and ankle conditions.

He is a proud father of his daughter, Lila. In his spare time, Tom is a keen runner, running in the London Marathon on a number of occasions. Most recently tom has competed in several Triathlons.

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