Steroid Injections and Covid 19, (Nov 2020)

Steroid injections are a common podiatric procedure used to reduce pain.  Their duration of effect is variable but can provide indefinite benefit. The immunological impact of steroids given this way to patients with COVID-19 is unknown. As a result of the long quarantine period of an average of 14 days, there is  a risk that asymptomatic patients who are carrying … Continued

C-19 – Effects on the Heart and Implications for Return to Sport

The UK Government’s recent announcement that we can, and should, all take more outside exercise and for the possible return of Premiership Football (behind closed doors) is very exciting. Interestingly, during lockdown the increase in indoor exercise has far outweighed any reduction in outdoor exercise for most European countries according to data revealed by However, it must be stressed that … Continued

Achilles tendinopathy

Achilles Tendinopathy   According to the literature this common, debilitating lower limb condition is the 2nd most common sporting injury (after the knee). It affects 9% of recreational runners and up to 5% of elite athletes, possibly ending a professional athlete’s career. It affects mainly long to middle distance runners, and those runners who have suddenly increased their distance and/or … Continued

Fund Raising for Children with Cancer

Clinic  director, John Durkin will take to the  Surrey Hills, to take part in the 100 mile cycle event, The Prudential Ride London Surrey 2106 on his trusted bicycle once again this summer. This time in order to raise funds for the charity Children with Cancer. This is an incredible charity that does wonderful work and any donations could make … Continued

Treadmill versus Overground Running

Many studies have been conducted which have attempted to compare any differences between running outside / overground (OG) and that on a motorised treadmill (TM). The use of TM running at home and at the gym offer convenience and safety – especially when running barefooted in the dark, where it is easy to slip or put your foot into a … Continued

Vibram 5 Fingers

Active Life Podiatry have been authorised stockists for the much discussed and often maligned Vibram 5 Fingers (VFF). As stockist, therapist and occasional wearer/s of the minimal  ‘shoe’ the following is a summary of what we have learned about VFF.   These shoes were made to encourage a more grounded feel and could be used instead of regular shoes to mimic … Continued