Join the Active Life Podiatry team

Join the Active Life Podiatry team

Are you our next Podiatrist?

Active Life podiatry are proud to be setting the gold standard for London’s podiatry care. 

We also continually invest in the latest technology and equipment to provide our patients with the highest quality care. 

Opportunities often arise to work with our growing team, so please get in touch to ensure you’re front of mind.  

Experience doesn’t always matter, if you have the right ingredients, we invest in our people along with our service. 

We’re open to Podiatrist’s who:

  • Are commitment to continued learning and takes pride in their work
  • Passionate individuals with a genuine love for podiatry and patient care
  • Is an excellent communicator and enjoys working with patients and colleagues alike
  • Can work calmly under pressure and deal with issues arising in a timely and effective manner 

About us:

  • Operating since 1991, we’re one of London’s most advanced and established podiatry clinics
  • We have two sites based in Fulham and Putney 
  • We offer a flexible schedule and days can be negotiated upon application 
  • Competitive salary and benefits 

If you believe you’d be a great addition to the Active Life Podiatry team apply now by submitting your CV to info@alpodiatry.co.uk

     

     

    If you’d like to apply or find out more about joining the team, please submit your CV by emailing us.

    #TakeSteps to look after your feet

    Active Life have invested in high-tech specialist equipment and combined with their expert knowledge and technology can provide useful advice on your personal running style and how to improve.

    A Podiatrist’s guide to choosing the right running shoes 

    A Podiatrist’s guide to choosing the right running shoes 

    Choosing the right running shoes is essential for comfort, performance and injury prevention. There are many things to consider including your running surface (for example cross-country versus pavement or trail running) and distance can also play a factor too.

    With so many choices available, it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to start. 

    We’ve put together these handy tips to consider when you’re buying your next pair of running trainers.

    1. Understand your foot type

    Your first step is to book a running assessment with us. We will determine if you have a neutral, overpronation, or underpronation (supination) foot type and advise on the best type of running shoe and cushioning for you. 

    We do this by observing your gait and form n the clinic with 3D technology to track your movements on our treadmill.

    Book your gait analysis here.

    2. Lean into expert advice 

    Be fussy and take your time when choosing running shoes. The experts in running shoes at your local store can guide you to the right pair based on your needs and running style.

    3. Try on shoes later in the day

    This will ensure the fit is right and accounts for any foot swelling. 

    Different socks can affect how the shoes feel so stick to your usual pair for an accurate assessment.

    4. Use the ‘thumb-width’ rule

    Aim for a finger’s width between your longest toe and the shoe end. This prevents cramping, nail damage and allows natural foot movement.

    5. Don’t skip local retails for online deals

    Supporting local keeps expertise alive and you’ll often get a much better service. Cheap, online deals may seem tempting but local shops provide invaluable knowledge for your foot health. 

    Shopping local also supports the community, creates jobs and often has a smaller environmental impact. 

    There are plenty of great local retailers near Active Life Poditry’s clinic in Fulham and Putney. Or, if you’re venturing a little further out – give our friends at Up and Running in Richmond a visit. Active Life Podiatry customers will get 10% off in-store by quoting ALP10

    Book your gait analysis as a standalone assessment or an add-on to your routine appointment by calling our team on 020 7381 6682

     

    View our services or head over to the booking page to book your appointment today.

    We are here to help you to #TakeSteps

    • To an active recovery following injury
    • To active, healthy feet for your family
    • To a personal best
    • To an Active Life

    John’s going back to school

    John’s going back to school

    Clinic Director and Owner, John Durkin returns to Brunel University to complete a postgraduate certification in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Foot & Ankle. 

    Whilst John promises this is his last university stint, we dig a little deeper into what the next year has in store for Active Life’s Clinic Director.

    This blog explains what the qualification is, how it works and who may benefit..

    What are you studying and is this a widely offered treatment?

    The course specialises in ultrasound imaging, a diagnostic tool which sends out high frequency sound waves to the tissues and these rebound at different rates and from this an image is formed.

    The course enhances anatomy knowledge and specific pathologies of the foot and ankle. Ultrasound scanning gives a good picture of injury and conditions without causing any pain or side effects that happen with x-rays which emit radiation.

    It is highly specialised and only a few podiatrists have this skill/qualification.

    We are one of very few centres that can offer this service. Fellow Active Life Podiatrist Marc Barton has previously completed the course and offers ultrasound scanning, and it’s popular with patients who are experiencing pain. 

     

    What qualification will you get?

    A Postgraduate certification in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Foot & Ankle. This lets patients and fellow healthcare providers know that a high level of competency has been achieved which can be extended into a Masters level qualification.

    What will the course do for your patients?

    Many of our patients see us for many problematic and painful conditions that may be ongoing like plantar fasciitis or they may have a sudden injury such as a sprain; ultrasound can greatly assist in the diagnosis, location and extent of the problem thus enabling better management and outcomes for our patients. 

    Why is it important for you to keep learning?

    The world of healthcare and in particular podiatry is constantly evolving, with fantastic new treatments and knowledge that are helping in patient care. We pride ourselves as providers of top quality podiatric care and therefore we must and will continue to keep abreast of latest developments.

    What do your family think about you going back to Uni?

    My family think I have FOMO by going back to Uni as our daughter (aged 18) is just about to start her studies – sadly not in Podiatry!

    Book your musculoskeletal ultrasound as a standalone assessment or an add-on to your routine appointment by calling our team on 020 7381 6682

     

    View our services or head over to the booking page to book your appointment today.

    We are here to help you to #TakeSteps

    • To an active recovery following injury
    • To active, healthy feet for your family
    • To a personal best
    • To an Active Life

    The Doppler Assessment

    The Doppler Assessment

    Brand-new treatment at Active Life Podiatry

    Always on the frontline of innovation, the team at Active Life Podiatry are pleased to offer vascular assessments, part of which involves using the latest ultrasound Doppler equipment alongside their extensive list of lower limb specialist treatments.

    This blog explains what the assessment is, how it works and who may benefit..

    Why do Podiatrists use Doppler?

    To assist in measuring blood flow to the foot and ankle, which might be compromised – a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

    What does ultrasound Doppler do?

    The Doppler effect or Doppler shift is the apparent change in frequency of a wave in relation to an observer moving relative to the wave source. It was discovered by Christian Johann Doppler.

    A Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive test that is used to accurately measure the blood flow through your blood vessels (arteries) by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off circulating red blood cells.

    Why did you decide to introduce the treatment at Active Life Podiatry?

    We have been using a simple ultrasound Doppler for some time – but new technology means we can now visualise the readings and also assess blood flow to the toes – not just the foot.

    How long does a Doppler assessment take?

    We advise that this should be done as a stand-alone appointment which takes 20 minutes.

    Is the procedure painful?

    This treatment isn’t painful, although you may feel a momentary pressure around your arm and ankle when the cuff is pressurised.

    What does it mean if a Doppler test is positive?

    A test is not as simple as positive or negative – but if your blood flow is reduced then we will inform you and if necessary, advise your GP who will then take appropriate action and treatment.

    Who should have this assessment?

    The Doppler assessment is advised for those patients who have diseases or conditions which may affect blood flow. People with diabetes or patients that smoke, or don’t not take frequent exercise, or if you have had recent trauma to the leg/s may be at risk of PAD. Warning signs are cold, clammy feet, swelling of the feet/ankles, unhealing sores or wounds.

    If any of the above apply to you or, if in doubt please contact us or ask us during your routine appointment.

    Book your Doppler assessment as a standalone treatment or an add-on to your routine appointment by calling our team on 020 7381 6682

     

    View our services or head over to the booking page to book your appointment today.

    We are here to help you to #TakeSteps

    • To an active recovery following injury
    • To active, healthy feet for your family
    • To a personal best
    • To an Active Life

    Chiropody vs Podiatry: The Modern Foot Care Specialist

    Chiropody vs Podiatry: The Modern Foot Care Specialist

    Chiropody vs Podiatry: The Modern Foot Care Specialist

    When it comes to foot and lower limb treatment podiatry and chiropody are often used interchangeably. 

    Chiropody originates from the Greek words “chiro” (meaning hand) and “pod” (meaning foot), emphasizing the manual aspect of foot care. 

    The term “Podiatry” originates from “pod” (meaning hand) and “iatros”, which means “physician” in Greek. The change reflects the evolution of the podiatric profession as a recognised branch of modern medicine.

    These two branches of medicine have virtually no differences in terms of education, scope of practice, and professional classifications. In this blog, we delve into the differences between podiatry and chiropody, the history and their roles in promoting foot health and overall well-being.

    Podiatry is a medical profession focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot, ankle, and lower limb disorders. Podiatrists are extensively trained medical practitioners. Their comprehensive education covers both general medicine and specialised knowledge in podiatric medicine.

    Reason for the change

    The term chiropody has been traditionally used in the UK, and the term podiatry is recognised and used more internationally.

    The UK adopted the term podiatry circa 2000 and it’s been used as the primary term ever since. 

    Whilst there is still a use of both names, chiropodists are becoming more frequently referred to as podiatrists.

    Scope of practice

    Both podiatrists and chiropodists are highly trained medical professionals with extensive knowledge in podiatric medicine, allowing them to diagnose and treat a wide array of foot and ankle conditions, including complex surgical procedures.

    They also carry out more basic foot care, such as routine nail trimming, callus removal, and general foot health advice.

    Changing roles

    As the world of modern technology has evolved, so has a podiatrist’s role. Skilled podiatrists are able to diagnose and carry out complex foot procedures and some surgeries, as well as musculoskeletal treatments and analysis.

    What does a podiatrist do?

    • Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat feet and lower limb issues. At Active Life Podiatry our highly skilled team offer a range of services including:

      Routine Podiatry 

      • Ingrown or infected toenails
      • Fungal infections 
      • Involuted nails
      • Damaged nails 
      • Callus removal 
      • Verruca removal 
      • Painful corns 
      • Minor foot surgery

        Biomechanics and injury 

        • Biomechanical assessment 
        • Gait analysis 
        • Laser therapy 
        • Dry needling 
        • Acupuncture 
        • Injection therapy 
        • Foot and ankle mobilisation 

        Children’s Podiatry 

        • Ingrown or infected toenails
        • Fungal infections 
        • Involuted nails
        • Damaged nails 
        • Callus removal 
        • Verruca removal 
        • Painful corns 
        • Minor foot surgery 

        Children’s Injury Clinic 

        • Children’s biomechanical assessment 
        • Children’s mobility 
        • Developmental issues 
        • Children’s foot checks

          Orthoses

          We design and produce tailor-made orthosis or orthoses (such as insoles or shoe inserts) to support the foot, realign the feet, and correct gait problems or imbalance, as well as other walking or running pattern issues.

          Our orthotics are made in house for adults and children.

          To see a full list of our services, discover our price list or book your appointment with our expert team today. 

          So what’s the difference?

          In short – none! Both professions share a commitment to foot health and regardless of the title, seeking regular foot care from a qualified specialist is essential in maintaining healthy, happy feet.



    To see a full list of our services, discover our price list or book your appointment with our expert team today. 

    We are here to help you to #TakeSteps

    • To an active recovery following injury
    • To active, healthy feet for your family
    • To a personal best
    • To an Active Life