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Heel Pain?

or Plantar Fasciitis?


'Plantar Fasciitis' - first mentioned (perhaps) when at your Doctors, with bottom-of-heel foot pain*.  It sounds serious, but frankly you don't care - as long as it goes away!  Unfortunately, what's causing your pain is a myriad of different things you didn't do correctly, says Linda Russell, Registered Podiatrist (formerly at Darenth Foot Surgery) NOW AT :-

Linda Russell's Foot Surgery in Swanley High Street.

To re-assure you - it DOES go away eventually - but if you don't want it to become long-term, you should make some life-style changes.   Doctors don't have time to discuss these; so you seek advice - or do you just suffer in silence? Sadly, it often occurs when you exercise - throwing yourself into it, not realising that you are setting yourself up for pain!

Obviously, we all know we should stretch first - but most of us don't! Embarking on any exercise requires preparation and importantly, supportive shoes; start slowly - don't go all out!

Some helpful Tips: Assuming you are otherwise healthy - and experience pain* when you step out of bed:-

X-ray of the heelbone with plantar fasciitis. ...

X-ray of the heelbone with plantar fasciitis. Nederlands: Röntgenfoto van de calcaneus met plantaire fasciitis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • ·             Consider your foot-wear - do some shoes make it better? Worse?
  • ·             Gently stretch the bottom of your foot BEFORE getting out of bed.
  • ·             A quick solution NOW:  Tape your foot to support it underneath.
  • ·             Icing: After a long day - roll a frozen plastic bottle under your feet, 
  •           easing swelling.
  • ·             Always warm up before exercise; rest a day; try and lose some weight.
  • ·             Check your feet for cuts or corns? 

*  *Remember, there are MANY other reasons for foot pain that need


      Try the above tips, or you could come and meet me in my new surgery?

  Linda Russell -  Registered Podiatrist at 'Linda Russell's Foot Surgery' 

 @ Swanley Health Clinic, 38 High Street, Swanley, BR8 8BQ  


  Mob: 07595-600096

                            (This article was first printed in May 2012 edition of the 'Kent Lifestyle' Magazine)

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Athlete's foot or Tinea pedis lesion, a mycosi...

Athlete's foot or Tinea pedis lesion, a mycosis caused by a dermatophyte fungus. Deutsch: Interdigitalmykose (Tinea pedis interdigitalis) English: Intertrigo between toes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(or a fungal infection called 'Tinea Pedis')

Now that the sunshine has been lighting up our days recently, and we are looking forward to Summer and the opportunity to bare our legs, and more importantly our feet, (!) - many of us will be worried that their less-than-perfect appearance will spoil our look, or cause embarrassment!


Athlete's foot need not trouble you though, if you follow basic rules as regards foot hygiene and stick to them!  Certainly wearing open-toed shoes will temporarily halt its destruction of our skin layers, causing a breech in its defences, and allowing fungal spores to proliferate and damage delicate skin. Most often this damage occurs between the smallest and adjoining toes starting as splits in the folds, or along the line of the arch between heel and forefoot, often causing itching and redness in a moccasin-style pattern. 


What can we do? 

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the sk...

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itching of affected areas. It is typically transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses. Deutsch: Fußpilz Suomi: Jalkasieni (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Well at the first sign of trouble:-


  • Wash and dry feet especially between the toes and, where the skin appears especially wet - cotton buds dipped in Surgical Spirit will help dry this.


  • Ensure socks are changed daily and shoes worn alternate days - enabling them to dry out - and also give them a spray with say, Daktarin to control spread.


  • Always spray new shoes with say, Daktarin, to prevent infiltration.


  • Always wear cotton socks in order to wick the perspiration away and prevent excessive dampness to gather inside - an ideal environment for fungi to grow!


  • Use separate towels and wash these at high temperatures to limit spread 

  • Don't walk around barefoot, or you may pass this on to other people!


  •  If the signs persist - purchase a fungicidal product such Lamisil and apply after washing - twice daily for at least 10 days -  and re-apply should symptoms re-cur. 


  • Should the fungal infection have spread to your toe-nails (now called 'Onycomycosis') - cut these back/file and clear debris around nail - but ensure the offending nail is cut separately to avoid spreading to other nails.


  • Apply a paint such as Curanail (or from your Doctor - Loceryl) if the area is worsening - or see a Podiatrist who will advise on the best course of action - which may possibly involve taking oral medication (not everyone is able to take this safely - your Doctor will advise you).


  •  If, despite following ALL of the above the condition persists for a long period - consider having a blood check to make sure Diabetes is not the underlying problem - especially if this is present in the immediate family (as this is often a first sign, alongside an insatiable thirst and tiredness).


Remember, there is no reason to suffer with this, or any other condition, when you can seek advice, as leaving this, can lead to a chronic infection - especially if it spreads to all the toe-nails - as the paint MUST NOT be used on more than 2 nails at a time!

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In the beginning..... - Happenings


We hope to update you as the weeks go by with what is happening in and around our new Surgery in SWANLEY, as even now the weather is starting to change and the area, especially the woodlands in the Valley is springing into life!   Just like our new clinic ... which started out as a dream on a wish list, and has now become a reality!   


Darenth Bridge in Shoreham.

Darenth Bridge in Shoreham. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As with all dreams or aspirations, they cannot be realised without ALOT of hard work from those working in the background oiling the cogs and building the blocks of what will be a new venture for us. So, I'd like to start by thanking my partner, John Turner, for taking my vision of a website complete with interactive blog and topical pictures, and making it also a reality! Thank you John !

Thanks also to Jason, my (almost) son and Pearl-Monger and Web-Master extraordinaire - who despite trying to build a home for himself and his family in Auz - has taken precious time out to correct and embellish this interactive site and make it viable - Bless you!

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