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May 29, 2013

How to choose a shoe?

Following from my previous blog about BAREFOOT RUNNING AND TRAINING it would seem logical to discuss what is important when choosing a shoe.  Well as you can gather from my previous entry, shoe choice is extremely important and in my professional opinion it can play a significant role in not only performance during activity, but also reducing the risk of injury whilst performing. The most common thing I hear from patients is that a shoe is simply a shoe.  The Dunlop Volley is just as good as the expensive athletic shoe – this quite frankly just isn’t true.  All shoes …

Posted in Editorial

May 23, 2013

Barefoot Running & Training – Scam or Medical Revelation?

As a Podiatrist I constantly get asked to give lectures on footwear and how bio-mechanical function of your body is effected by shoes.  In the past few years I have been bombarded with questions relating to “barefoot” running – also known as “minimalist running” or “chi-running” or “mid-foot striking”.  This is an important topic if athletes want to understand the basic concepts of how a shoe works and what shoe is right for them.  So before we delve into the bio-mechanics of it all and how to choose the right shoe – lets start with “minimalist” running or training. So …

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February 2, 2013

Put an end to nail fungus!

The Foot Spot now has a safe, fast and effective way to manage toenail fungus or onychomycosis as it is known in the medical world. 1064nm laser treatment for the removal of nail fungus is the latest and one of the most effective ways to treat this unsightly condition.  Unlike other treatment options there are no known side effects. Recent studies have shown that up to 85% of patients can achieve resolution of their nail fungus after two laser treatments spread out over two months – allowing for 12 months of normal nail growth. Paul Bowles, Podiatrist at The Foot …

Posted in General Health & Advice

July 8, 2012

Protecting Your Kids from Warts

Appearing as single isolated lesions or multiple ones with satellites – warts come in many different forms, shapes and locations. Commonly referred to on the feet as “verrucae” warts are a virus which is easily picked up and transmitted from general contact.  Usually warts on the bottom of the feet reside under a layer of callous or hard skin and have some blood vessels associated with them. There are lots of common myths about plantar warts.  Warts no matter where you get them are a virus from the Human Papilloma Virus family.  There are lots of different types of this …

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Selecting school shoes

Selecting school shoes for your child can be a difficult process – but it does not need to be says Paul Bowles of The Foot Spot Podiatric Medical Centre… “It can be a confusing time, but generally if you follow the basic principals selecting the right school shoe can be very easy”. Firstly get your child checked for SIZE – length and width are both very important.  “Cheap shoes can be expected to cause issues – there is no such thing as a good $29 school shoe!  Don’t be fooled by the advertising.” Secondly the shoe should be supportive and …

Posted in General Health & Advice

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