30 March 2013

Over the counter high spec orthotics

Here are some orthotics that I’ve just come across. Small enough to fit into your regular shoes and according to the company Rightstride they are made of flexible polypropylene which makes them ultra comfortable. Five year guarantee on the shell. Available in two arch heights, flat to normal and high arch. Sizes from adult UK 2 to 14

Rightstride  orthotics
Rightside orthotics helpsheet
24 March 2013

What's new for the season at John Lewis

New Season Shoes

"Fusing the boost of high heels with the everyday comfort and sports luxe style of trainers"

John Lewis New Season
Click here for more styles:
Two great new styles from Dune: Sports luxe Lapin trainers with wedge heels for comfort, and the sporty chic Limelight trainer in a street style look for days spent shopping and nights spent partying.


22 March 2013

Money off sugary pink footwear at Hotter Shoes

Inspired by Spring, Hotter shoes in this season’s sugary shares of pink. Exclusive £5 off + free delivery code* this weekend only. Use code XHCFPF in your shopping basket.
Valid from 22nd – 24th March 2013. * Applies to any full priced item online excluding shoe care and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

And coming soon …

20% off men’s + Free P&P
Valid from 26th March – 1st April 2013

Free luxury leather gift and free delivery**
XHBFGB Leather Traveller Wallet
XHBFGT Super Soft Candy Handbag
**This is a limited offer (expires 31/03/13) and once the stocks have gone, they’ve gone. Hotter reserve the right to change the colour of the free gift or substitute with a gift of equal value. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, shoecare products or Gift Vouchers and can only be used on full priced products. If for any reason you wish to return your complete order for a refund, you’ll need to return any free gift too, otherwise the cost of the free gift will be deducted from your refund.

Hotter ShoesHotter spring shoes
Hotter Dizzy shoes
Hotter Kos Sandals
21 January 2013

Anyone fancy a walk

The Silly Shoe Season has started. See the new Jeffrey Campbell shoes here

Silly Shoe Season Starts
Click here for more details – JC shoes
9 January 2013

A New Year, a new chiropody couch

My old Akron chiropody couch has come to the end of its life and it is going on the scrap heap, actually it’s going for recycling!

old Akron couch

Apparently it was beyond a reasonable cost repair, too many bits of metal had fallen off, the fabric was cracking, the upholstery padding needed replacing and well to be perfectly honest … I didn’t like the colour any more! It has served me well though, about 20 years. So now my "obsolete" couch has gone and I am now the proud owner of a Dancohr Podiatry couch from DLT Chiropody.

Here is Richard Wadley from DLT Chiropody carrying it into my clinic, thanks Richard.

New couch being delivered

And here it is in my clinic, my favourite colour … black

Dancohr podiatry couch

Dancohr chiropody couch

Bye bye old Akron couch

Old Akron couch
6 December 2012

Dress to impress. Style or comfort? Now you can have both

Check out the latest Discount Code from Hotter Shoes. Save now with Code XGEFPF. £5 off plus FREE delivery. Valid until 18 December 2012

Hotter dress to impress discount

Also check out the selection of boots from Hotter and save £20 when you buy 2 pairs of boots, plus…
- £5 off plus free delivery
- Save £10 when you buy 2 pairs of slippers

Jade Boots , Pixie Boots , Zermatt Boots

Hotter boots
12 October 2012

Ecco Terra Ankle Boots

Ecco Terra Ankle Boots

Ecco Terra Ankle Boots
Ecco Terra Ankle Boots

My new winter boots … well one of the pairs (of many to come… maybe). I thought it was time for a new addition to the shoe family!

I’m glad to see that my local shoe shop Mostyn McKenzie in Tenterden now have a good range of ECCO shoes and boots. I think you could say that I am a definite ECCO fan. So if you are a local head off down to Mostyn McKenzie shop in the Tenterden High Street, if you aren’t a Tenterden local, then hop over here to the Ecco online shoe store and check out the great winter shoes and boots.

9 October 2012

Scary photo advertising outdoor shoes from Fitness Footwear

You wouldn’t get me sitting on that ledge!

Fitness Footwear new outdoor shoes in stock

Fitness Footwear have a wide range of outdoor shoes and boots for walking and hiking. Also sports shoes

27 September 2012

Stand out from the crowd with the new FitFlop Crush boot

Stand out from the crowd with the new FitFlop Crush boot

FitFlop Crush boot
26 September 2012

Plantar Fasciitis

The following question has been sent in by someone with foot pain:

“For last few months I’ve had bad pains in both feet……outer edge bottom of feet very sore and to the touch, I find it particularly hard when I get up from laying or sitting…….I look like an old woman walking and limping  any ideas?”


This is not something that can be diagnosed with certainty with such limited information. However it is possibly plantar fasciitis. Why do I suspect it might be plantar fasciitis? The clue is “when I get up from laying or sitting”.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain and inflammation under the heel. It is also known as policeman’s heel. The plantar fascia is a strong thick band of fibrous tissue that attaches underneath the heel bone and spans out to the base of the toes. It helps supports the arch. If the plantar fascia is stretched too much or too often then inflammation and small tears in the fibres can occur especially where the fascia attaches to the heel bone. One third of sufferers have the problem in both feet.

Plantar Fasciitis
Do you have plantar fasciitis? Look for pain and tenterness when you press on the inside of the heel – see above for exact location

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is the main symptom. Pain is normally felt underneath the foot where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel, however pain can occur anywhere along the plantar fascia. The pain is not restricted to the inside of the heel as shown in the above photo, but can be felt on the inside, the central or outside of the heel.

The pain is often worse when getting up first thing in the morning or on getting up after sitting down during the day. The first few steps can be intensely painful. The sharp pain will gradually disappear after a few minutes of walking but can then increase throughout the day as activity increases. You may limp because of the pain.

The type of people who get Plantar Fasciitis

  • People over 40 but not necessarily
  • Athletes, especially those who change their running schedule or technique
  • People who do lots of walking, running and standing when they are not used to it
  • People who wear non-supportive shoes
  • People who are overweight
  • People who overuse their feet
  • People with tight calf muscles
  • People who excessively pronate (internally rotate) their feet
  • People with flat feet
  • People who have jobs which involve a lot of standing on hard surfaces
  • People who have been immobile and then resume normal activity too quickly
  • Sometimes an x-ray will show a bone spur on the heel but this is rarely the cause of the pain.


Without treatment about 80% of plantar fasciitis will heal in about 18 months.  The other 20% will be left with a chronic condition causing severe pain. The plantar fascia will heal very slowly but if the area is continually aggravated and damaged by standing and walking fibres will continue to be torn.

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Combining several treatments can help speed up the repair process. It is unlikely that one treatment alone will allow the heel to recover properly.

Treatment – What you should do First

  • Rest – rest the foot as much as possible, avoid exercise until the area feels better
  • Avoid barefoot walking – do not walk barefoot especially on hard surfaces
  • Orthotics – a functional insole worn inside your shoe can improve foot function and stop excessive pronation (where the foot rolls in too much). Along with calf stretching orthotics are often the most effective treatment.
  • Stretching – gradual gentle stretching to the calf muscles and the plantar fascia to reduce tightness, reduce stress on the heel and reduce pain when getting up from bed first thing in the morning.
  • Footwear – old or broken down shoes do not give enough support to the foot. Choose shoes with a good arch support. A training or sports shoe is probably the best type of shoe.
  • Acupuncture – to reduce inflammation  and increase local circulation

Treatment – Second Choice

  • Taping – tape applied in strips underneath the foot to support and rest the foot
  • Ice – ice applied to the painful area for 10 minutes 3-4 times per day to reduce inflammation
  • Plantar fasciitis night splint – worn overnight to help stretch the calf muscles and plantar fascia
  • Massage and mobilisation – to reduce tension in the plantar fascia
  • Painkillers – paracetamol to ease pain
  • Anti-inflammatory medication/NSAIDs – such as ibuprofen to reduce inflammation

Treatment – if all else fails

  • Injections – a steroid (cortisone) injection can help reduce inflammation in the heel. Sometimes local anaesthetic is also injected in at the same time. It should only be considered if the heel pain remains severe despite all other options because it can cause tissue rupture and atrophy
  • Plaster Cast to the lower leg – can be applied in very severe cases to rest the foot
  • Surgery – may be considered in extremely severe and difficult cases that will not respond to any other treatment. Surgery is not always successful and should always be considered a last resort.


About Me

My name is Sue Ferguson and I am a chiropodist and podiatrist working in private practice in Tenterden, Kent, in the south east of England.

Sue Ferguson, Chiropodist and Podiatrist
Sue Ferguson
Tel: 01580 765546

I am registered with the Health Professions Council, the regulatory body for health professionals and I have been treating feet for over 20 years.

For further information about my chiropody practice see my practice website where you will find lots of tips and information.

From a professional point of view I find feet, foot conditions and shoes fascinating. I spent the first part of my life waiting for the Internet to be invented and now it's here I want to share my enthusiasm about feet with you all.

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