BLOG - FORTNIGHTLY BLOG BY JANET McGROGGAN - PRINCIPAL PODIATRIST 

My daughter is heading to Creamfields later this summer and as a podiatrist this is when I can really get into annoying parent mode.  
 
So, while she is worrying how close she can get to The Chainsmokers I am wandering round mumbling words like Welly Legs and Immersion Feet. 
 
Online there are several weird and wonderful items to make your festival life ‘erm easier (shoe covers that look like giant trainers!!!) it really is not complicated.  
 
So, when you are packing items to bundle into your wheelbarrow or whatever think of your feet. All other clothes items can get wet and muddy, but your feet are the things that can make or break your crazy jumping about at the gig and after the whole thing is over. 
Varicose Vein surgery has been named in a list of 17 procedures that NHS England has deemed unnecessary as it aims to save money and even out the current postcode lottery for some treatments.  
 
This has probably got varicose vein sufferers in a panic but let’s take a look at what varicose veins are and what non-surgical treatment options are out there. 
 
There are many factors that would make you prone to various veins and wouldn’t you know it being female is one, as is being pregnant.  
 
Family history, being overweight, age and prolonged periods of standing for example as part of your job all contribute and the more boxes you tick the more likely you are to develop varicose veins. 
Photo by Eirik Skarstein on Unsplash 

Our Principal Podiatrist, Janet McGroggan was interviewed by Tanya Pearey from Woman's Weekly Magazine.   Publication date 19th June 2018.  Click the image or 'Read More' for the full article. 

Last blog I wrote a bit about who we are, what we do… that’s podiatrists, not some alien species, and how to look after your feet.  
 
In this sequel (lol) I want to explain a wee bit more about conditions we treat and why podiatrists are the go to guys when it comes to lower limb conditions. 
 
People walk lots and wear shoes, or don’t wear shoes, or wear the wrong shoes. FACT 
 
People get foot problems or knee problems or hip problems and hope there is an instant cure. FACT 
 
These two facts are related funny enough and when people get problems generally we are too busy to do anything or aren’t sure who to go to. 
 
Most podiatrists are knowledgeable and approachable and if we feel that we are not the right professional for you we will refer you to the right one. 
June is Foot Health Month and this year podiatrists want to let you know how amazing your feet are and let you know how to keep them that way!  
 
Julia Bradbury who is passionate about walking is The College of Podiatry’s sponsor for this special event.  
 
She is quoted in Podiatry Now (our monthly magazine) as saying ‘A visit to my podiatrist is a part of my health and fitness routine and helps me keep my feet in prime condition.’ 
 
Right we know what a bunion is, and we know that there can be many different reasons for them but what do we do to treat them?  
 
Before you book in for major surgery there are several ways to deal with bunions on a day to day basis. 
 
First is your bunion painful? Several people have bunions and they are not painful and in this case you may choose to totally ignore them or you may will to preserve the joint as best you can and prevent further deterioration. 
Like most things in life there are very few people with what we perceive to be a normal or perfect foot.  
 
Occasionally you hear of a person, often married to someone who has terrible feet ‘my husband’s feet are perfect…’ but much like new-born babies that sleep through the night, I have never seen one. 
Ok so we hear about bunions a lot, most people think only women get them or only old people or we inherit them from our granny.  
 
But what are they, why do we get them and what can we do about them? 
 
This is a picture of my bunion. Yes, even podiatrists get them.  
 
Mine is not big or painful and mainly this is because of how I manage it and I will go into detail on that later. 
 
A bunion is a bony prominence on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe.  
 
There is always a cause for this and if the cause is treated early enough then the bunion can be prevented, or its progress delayed. 
I bet the average man thinks that women moan about their feet more than men do and maybe they’d be right.  
 
But this is not just because we love our heels or the straps always seem to be in the wrong place.  
 
No – as if it’s not bad enough that we are a rollercoaster of hormones on a monthly basis with the ability to grow, carry and pop out babies.  
 
Now, added to this we can expect to live more than a third of our lives post menopausally!!!  
 
Joy of joys. 
If you have tried supportive footwear and gentle stretching with no success, then it is time to see a podiatrist. 
 
Go to Find a Podiatrist - UK or the HCPC website to find a qualified and regulated podiatrist. 
 
A podiatrist will take a medical history and ask you what treatments you have tried. They may recommend that you undergo a biomechanical assessment. 
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