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Leah Claydon
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Happy New Year to the UK Podiatry community. Here's to a problem free and prosperous 2016.

It's my first day back in today after the Christmas & New Year break and I am trying to get my head into Podiatrist mode! Not easy after nearly 2 weeks of lounging around eating too much food and enjoying too many possibly alcoholic beverages! Better get another cup of coffee, 3rd and it's only 8:30 am. Oh dear.

Do any of you use acupuncture as part of practice?  I am curious to know what are the best points you have found for treating heel pain.

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Well known Aussie Podiatrist, Craig Payne, has an interesting blog that I have pinned to my phone - great to check into on train journeys or idle moments for a bit of CPD!

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Like most of you I use a variety of orthoses labs for different types of devices.  I've just started Edser, a Spanish outfit, for my everyday prescriptions but will continue using LBG and Firefly for more specialised stuff.  So far, I have been really impressed with Edser, they are super efficient and it's great to be able to view my orders on line via the the software they provide plus they also provide you with a 3-D scanner to get over the mess and hassle of casting and posting devices.  All on-line, super quick, super easy.  Their quality control and after service is spot on too.  If you interested in finding out more follow this link.  (BTW: I am not connected with this company in any way other than as a customer)

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Take a look at PhysioMapp - it's a new App for the Apple Platform that is great for podiatrists.  It helps your patients visualise their alignment issues and is brilliant for helping them understand the benefits of functional foot orthoses - it's free to download from the AppStore for a free trial.  There is a version of ipad and iphone.  We are already increasing sales in orthoses because the patient can instantly see the correction in foot posture.

Just a thought - we've had couple of runners come in with pain around the medial malleolus - particularly at the distal end of the joint capsule - painful on palpation and dorsiflexion where it impinges - there seems to be a link to changing trainers - same brand, same type but latest model.  It appears that the latest trend in running shoes is have a very stiff midfoot.  I think this is possibly interfering with the windlass mechanism causing more oblique axis involvement and increased impingement of the joint axis near ATFL.  Has anyone else had this in their clinic.  We've had 2 in the last 4 days.

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Here is a great new website/shop/blog for runners.  Great if you have a mad keen runner and want to buy them a themed gift, plus lots of interests magazine type articles on what's hot in running and useful running health blogs. http://www.flyingrunner.co.uk/
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