What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony deformity of your big toe. Bunions often develop over time and are caused by abnormal forces leading to your big toe moving towards your second toe, creating a bony lump on the side of your foot which can become inflamed and sore.

Summer feet

During the long, hot days of summer, we can’t wait to whip out the flip flops and showcase our new sandals, but we also need to make sure that our feet are kept healthy through the summer months. To prevent excessive foot sweating and odour in the summer, wear open sandals when you can, or …

Your feet and winter sports

Winter sports can be very hard on the feet and ankles. In the cold, muscles take longer to warm up and so you may be more prone to injury when practising winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Your feet and ankles are particularly important in skiing, as they act as shock absorbers and brakes, …

How arthritis can affect our feet

Our feet and ankles can be affected by several types of arthritis including osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis can affect any of the joints in your feet. As you get older, osteoarthritis can be linked to changes in the shape of your feet, which may cause pain. Osteoarthritis often affects your big toe joint. It’ll …

What causes Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis where swelling and severe pain develops in your joints, especially at the base of your big toe. It is caused as a result of an imbalance of uric acid in your body. The main symptom is waking up in the middle of the night with an acute throbbing pain …

What causes calluses to develop?

Thick, hard callused skin can form on areas of your feet where there has been repeated high pressure over a period of time, or shearing stress and friction, such as shoes rubbing.   Increased pressure causes the cells to reproduce more quickly and the protein in the cells is turned into keratin at a faster …

Why do I get chilblains?

What causes chilblains? When your feet get cold the tiny blood vessels under your skin shrink. If you try to warm your feet up too quickly the blood flow increases, in some people this causes fluid to leak into the surrounding tissue which can cause red itchy swellings. Scratching can break the skin and the …