One thing I have learnt about marathon training is that no matter how well you set your training plan, eat well, sleep well etc… things do not go to plan! The beast from the east hit us… twice! Causing mayhem generally but causing me to go off plan and change my runs as it was just too cold or too dangerous to be out road running. Fortunately im a member of a local gym so I was able to get in some shorter runs on a treadmill, but not even my dedication to training could give me motivation to do a 16 mile run run on a treadmill!

running4 knee

I am a great lover of plans and lists so this has caused me lots of stress and worry that I have had to change what I am doing but you cannot plan for every eventuality and have to do the best you can. It has definitely given my knee a bit of rest which is helping, as well as me sticking to my strengthening exercises and stretches and the dreaded foam roller which is torture! Whilst I was doing the shorter runs last week I had been keeping a close eye on the weekend forecast which was beast from the east 2… fortunately the snow hit us on the Saturday and although it was freezing it was safe enough Sunday for me to get out and do my longest run yet of 18 miles! I feel so relieved to have that under my belt. My knee is feeling it now but again im icing it regularly and now having a few rest days to recover.

Lateral knee pain isn’t the only knee issue that troubles runners, especially those increasing their mileage whilst training for an event. Runners are often plagued by Patella femoral pain (or pain in the front of their knee/kneecap). With this condition both knees can be affected and most pain is felt when bending the knee. Running, a repetitive bending of the knee, can cause the patella (knee cap) to compress against the thigh bone (Knott,2018). There are lots of reported reasons as to why this condition can occur ; it can be weak hip muscles which cause abnormal pulling on the patella, a physiotherapist or personal trainer will be able to work with you for this to give you specific excercises to help strengthen these muscles; poor foot posture, having low arch feet can cause your leg to roll inwards again putting strain on the patella, a Podiatrist will be able to assess this for you and give you insoles and exercises that will help to correct this; injury to the knee, repetitive stress could cause acute injury to the area. If you are suffering with pain in the knee then its always worth getting it checked out early on to try to prevent further issues!

by Laura Hembling - Podiatrist

for advice or treatment call the Basildon/Romford Chiropody,Podiatry & Footwear Centres

iliotibial band

Having survived my weeks snowboarding holiday without any major injuries (other than lots of bruises!) I have been back at my training plan this week. It’s been tough, it’s amazing what a week off of running does to you, but mentally I felt I really needed a break from running as I was starting to dread putting my running trainers on and going out in the cold! Having returned in one piece I felt ready to get back on plan and I gradually got back into it at the start of the week by doing some shorter runs and have just completed my long run of 14 miles… it was tough both mentally and physically and unfortunately at about 12 miles I started to get a lot of pain on the outside of my right knee.

As I know about knee anatomy from my profession, I was quickly able to establish the cause of pain once I hobbled home. The location of my pain and type of pain leads me to believe it is Illiotibial band syndrome. This condition is a very common overuse injury in runners. The Illiotibial band is a long tendon that attaches from your hip to you knee along your outer thigh (see photo one). Repetitive movements, like running, can cause this structure to become tight and or inflamed (Runners world, 2017) causing pain around the attachment at the outer knee.

Once I got home from running I applied ice for 10 mins and will repeat this later to help reduce any localised pain and inflammation. It will also mean taking a few days rest from running to allow my symptoms to settle before gradually building up my mileage slowly. Runners world (2017) also have lots of useful tips to try reduce the risk of this occurring again, these include foam rolling (all leg muscles), long and regular stretching, and doing leg strengthening exercises to help build up my leg muscles and reduce any potential weakness… I will let you know how I get on!

Written by Laura Hembling

for advice or treatment call the Basildon/Romford Chiropody,Podiatry & Footwear Centres

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Exciting news - We are pleased to be supporting Laura Hembling our podiatrist in training for the London Marathon

running feet

Over the past few years I have trained for and run a few half marathons, I have always enjoyed running but would train for an event and stop running once I finished it. I was never very good at training well and relied on my body just to perform on the day. However when I found out back in October that I had secured a place in the London Marathon I decided I had to change this if I wanted to stay injury free and run the best time at the marathon I could.

I started to gradually increase my total weekly running mileage between October and the new year so that when I started my official training program (totally new to me!) it wouldn't seem like such a shock.

So far I am a week and a half into this program and its been tough! Having the motivation to get up and get out in the wet, windy weather in the dark on my own has been hard, but the thought of the money that I am raising for Alzheimer's society is definitely helping me. I have been trying to varying my training to stop me getting bored and to help all aspects of my running. I have started doing some interval training to improve speed, some steady long running ( I have 12 miles to look forward to this Sunday!)

I am going to be updating you on my progress as my training steps up and I will be discussing a condition of the week explaining some of the common injuries that long distance running can bring. But to get started here are my top tips for reducing the risk of injury:

  • Have a foot check with a Podiatrist- this will ensure that your feet are healthy for what you are about to put them through, they can look at you trainers as well to make sure they are suitable
  • Always warm up and cool down, its vital to prepare your muscles before a run and to stretch them afterwards to reduce the risk of muscle strains/pulls or tears
  • Gradually increase your running- doing too much too soon will put your body at risk of injury, especially if you are not used to running
  • Build in cross training - instead of running 4-5 times a week, look at building in a cycling/swimming/group exercise class in, this will give you running muscles a break to recover whilst also working on strength and cardiovascular work
  • If you feel pain, then rest and seek support from a Podiatrist or Physiotherapist.


Written by Laura Hembling

Podiatrist and Diabetic Foot Specialist at The Basildon Practice

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This year we are proud to support one of our team members in raising money for Alzheimer's disease .Laura Hembling Podiatrist and Diabetic foot specialist has been accepted to run in the London marathon in April 2018.

As a practice we will be helping to raise money for this very worthwhile cause. We look forward tracking her training right through to the finish line.

We are looking forward to looking after Laura's feet and well being as she embarks on such a worthwhile cause.

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  • Manicure

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  • Facial

  • Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage

  • Various Beauty Pamper packages available

All beauty treatments are carried out in the relaxing, friendly therapy room within the Basildon Podiatry surgery.

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Basildon Podiatry & Laser Clinic have a new team member, Laura Draper.

To celebrate we are offering a discount of 15% for the first Luxury Pedicure

To claim your gift just telephone 01268 553653 and quote "LD"

This offer is limited to the first Luxury Pedicure and to one treatment per person - The offer ends on Wednesday 31 January 2018

Caring for older feet

As we get older, it is important to implement good foot care to stay active. From around 55, feet can naturally develop problems due to years of daily wear and tear, and because skin loses its elasticity and starts to become thin.

A good foot care regime will improve foot health and help prevent common problems:

  • Keep toenails short as nails that become too long can press against the end of shoes and cause soreness, and even infection and ulceration
  • Check your feet regularly, daily if necessary, and moisturise (but not between the toes) to keep them supple as feet lose their natural oils as they age and nails can become brittle
  • Keep feet warm by wearing warm socks or stockings. Avoid anything too tight which may restrict circulation or cramp toes
  • Stay active and on the move as this tones up muscles, helps to strengthen arches and stimulates blood circulation
  • Ensure you choose well-fitting, supportive footwear
  • Foot pain is not normal.

    Throughout the month of June (2017) Basildon Chiropody, Podiatry and Footwear centre are carrying out free foot health checks and footwear assessments.

    To book call 01268 553653

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