Pain. Injury. Sports

Biomechanics  helps us to effectively diagnose the cause of an overuse injury or musculo-skeletal pain. In most cases the site of your pain is far removed from the site of the cause of the pain. It is our job to unravel this puzzle so that your treatment will be effective. Treatments may include exercises, orthoses, injection therapy, shock wave therapy, dry needling, and foot mobilisations.

Nail & Skin Care

Our medical pedicure and sort out most  common conditions like corns and hard skin   in one visit – making your feet look and feel great again.  We can treat and advise on most problems found on the feet, including ingrown nails and verrucas. During your visit we will advise on your footwear and any other leg or foot issue you may have.


Expertise in conditions of the growing foot is a specialism in itself.  Podopaediatrics deals with the diagnosis and treatment of children of all age groups. If you are unsure about your child’s development or if they are in pain –  come to Active Life Podiatry  where our experts can assess, advise and treat, many problems.

About Active Life Podiatry

At Active Life Podiatry we  specialise in looking after the health and performance of you, the athlete, no matter how young or old you are. We are professionally qualified, and have the expertise and experience to treat all kinds of foot and leg related conditions,  running-related problems and other injuries.

We treat a vast array of sports injuries for adults and also conditions specific to children’s feet and legs. For children, our experts advise on  developmental milestones and congenital disorders associated with their feet and legs.  Advice regarding footwear, the use of orthoses, and remedial exercise advice is given.

We use state-of-the-art  equipment to analyse the way you stand, walk and run. This enables us to prescribe the right solution to problems of gait, and posture. We will advise you on the best footwear, for everyday use and for your sport. Sometimes it is necessary to use orthotic therapy to prescribe and make custom-made insoles called orthoses.

We are all members of the Royal College of Podiatry, and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. We are recognised for our specialist expertise by most of the leading medical insurance companies.

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Principal Podiatrist – John Durkin

John Durkin founded Active Life Podiatry, Fulham, in 1991. Over the ensuing years, he has developed a well-established practice in podiatry. He has gained a Masters Degree in the theory of Podiatric surgery, his thesis focused on biomechanics; comparing loading between runners with different foot strike patterns. Following on a keen post graduate study program  he uses many advanced treatment techniques, with particular reference to injection therapy and dry needling. He is recognised leader in his field and is supported by a highly dedicated and qualified team. He and his team treat many sportsmen and women and he is particularly well known for treating international rugby players from Harlequins and London Wasps, and oversees a number of Olympic athletes.

He  lectures at meetings and seminars with other health care professionals.

John is married with four children and regularly runs, cycles and swims and encourages his children to enjoy an active healthy life style.

Satisfied Patients


“Not only did I experience John personally as a Podiatrist when he assessed me and provided me with orthoses, but John was also the Podiatrist that we referred our clients and patients to from our company The Whole Fitness Co, London. As a physiotherapist I always felt comfortable referring to John and I think that we combined very nicely to record a 100% success rate of correct referrals and satisfied patients all of whom fed back with nothing but positivity regarding John. John’s experience, combined with a huge knowledge base and affable charm, was always a pleasure to take advantage of and I would unreservedly recommend him to one and all in south west London.”


“I took my 10 year old daughter to see John after she complained of significant pain when she walked.  My daughter was clearly  concerned but John put Ruby at her ease immediately.  He really listened and he clearly understood exactly what she was saying.  He gave her some very good advice and talked her through all the things she could do to help to improve her problem, including the right type of shoes and trainers to wear and easy exercises that she could do every day.  I left feeling relieved and within a couple of days, Ruby’s pain was already drastically reduced.  I would not hesitate to recommend John’s clinic to anyone who has concerns about their children.”


“John’s knowledge of running biomechanics is second to none. The advice that he gave me not only made me run with greater efficiency but also allowed me to consistently over perform in terms of speed and time. Three sessions with John has transformed my running style and more importantly; it has made it fun again. I recommend John without any doubt or hesitation.”

Sarah Dudgeon, England Masters Athlete / England Masters Half Marathon runner

“John at Active Life Podiatry really knows his stuff. He’s correctly diagnosed and treated lower leg conditions for me that other practitioners have missed, and/or not treated nearly as effectively.  He has a vast range of knowledge and treatments. Added to this, as a runner and triathlete himself, he understands the training and pyschology of us amateur athletes. Thanks for keeping me going John!”

Mike Owens

“Dear John,
Just a follow up on the injection which I had on my right big toe about 7 weeks ago.

The injection made an immediate difference in reducing the discomfort in my right foot when I walked. This had the knock on effect of easing the back pain and the pain in my right knee. not a complete solution but I would say that the discomfort has reduced by about 60%.

Best wishes and fingers crossed that the beneficial effects last a little longer”