All about paws!

It’s #InternationalDogDay so I thought we should celebrate our 4 legged friends These two beauties are my babies; Frankie and Lucy! Our beloved pooches have paws come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some dogs are wide, others are narrow. Some have dew claws, some have hair between their toes, and others have webbed feet. …

Why we should all listen to older people’s stories!

I love my job, it’s an absolute privilege to be allowed a window into people’s lives whilst I’m treating them. This beautiful lady recently attended as a new patient. She is now in her 80’s and could easily be dismissed as elderly and insignificant, but older people have often led such rich and fascinating lives. …

Could bruising on your feet be a sign of COVID-19?

Podiatrists across Europe are suggesting that lesions on the feet could be a sign of coronavirus. Whilst it is known that the major symptoms of the illness are a new persistent cough and a high temperature, some people who have the virus can be asymptomatic. Spanish and Italian doctors are reporting that nasty purplish lesions …

New Position Statement on Foot Care and Diabetes

It’s great to see guidance published that has involved the perspectives of those living with diabetes. I’m particularly proud of my friend Chris Aldred aka the Grumpy Pumper who has made a significant contribution to the wording of this new position statement on foot health and diabetes. The iDEAL diabetes team highlight the importance of …

What to look for when you check your feet

Have you been told to check your feet but are unsure what to look for? Because damage to the nerves and blood supply to your feet happens gradually, it’s important to know what to look for when you check your feet and how to spot the signs of any changes. By checking your feet regularly …

Why does chemotherapy affect your nails?

Nail changes unfortunately are a common side effect of chemotherapy. Peeling, discolouration, brittle or easily broken nails or nails that lift completely from the nail bed are not unusual. The good news is that these changes are usually temporary. The nail consists of the nail plate, nail matrix, nail bed and nail folds – read more …

How do blisters form?

Blisters are usually caused by your footwear rubbing excessively against your skin. Find out more about why the skin on your feet is different here. Blisters created by friction can can create a separation or rupture between the layers of your skin. This rupture forms a pocket that quickly fills with liquid to give the blister …