Celebrating our 15th year in the heart of Rhiwbina village
CHIROPODY & PODIATRY
Our chiropody and podiatry clinic located in the heart of Rhiwbina Village, is now in its fifth year and continues to go from strength to strength, providing professional foot care for residents in Rhiwbina and North Cardiff.
Our team of podiatrists and chiropodists led by Lynne and Laura are qualified to degree level and are registered HCPC health care professionals.
Feet Facts and Stats by C3 podiatrist Lynne Griffiths:
What’s in a foot?
The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints and over a 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons. In a pair of feet there are 250,000 sweat glands and more nerve endings per square centimetre than in any other part of the body. Leonardo da Vinci even invented an alarm clock that woke the sleeper gently by rubbing the feet.
A perfect fit
According to the College of Podiatry, people’s feet are getting bigger, increasing up two shoe sizes since the 1970s. The average shoe size for men is 10 (up from size 8) and the average shoe size for women is size 6 (up from size 4).
Footwear is the biggest cause of foot problems in the UK and 60% of people have one foot larger than the other. A survey undertaken on behalf of the College of Podiatry found that people are nearly twice as likely to buy shoes that are too small (44%) as they are to buying those that are too big (24%).
Remember, feet often spread as you get older or heavier and can also increase in size during pregnancy, so you might need to consider wearing a larger shoe size or one with a wider fitting.
Shoe size in Britain is measured in barleycorns, a unit of measurement that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. Based on the length of a grain of barley, there are three barleycorns to an inch, so each shoe size adds a third of an inch in length to a shoe. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a Venezuelan man named Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez has the biggest feet of any living man. His right foot measures an incredible 40.1cm (1ft 3.79in) while his left measures 39.6cm (1ft 3.59in) so that’s how many barleycorns?
Around the world, one step at a time
The average person will walk 150,000 miles in a lifetime (equivalent to walking around the world five times). Walking is one of the best exercises for your feet, it also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-round well-being. Remember to wear supportive shoes, ideally with a strap or laces to hold the feet in place if you are walking a lot.
Saint Margaret the Barefooted is the patron of brides, difficult marriages, victims of abuse and widows. Do remember however that walking barefoot in communal areas at, for example, gyms and swimming pools, increases the risk of contracting up fungal infections and the viruses that cause verrucae. Barefoot walking should also be avoided at all times if you are diabetic to reduce the potential for injury and the complications that can occur.
It’s never too late to start taking care
It has been estimated that between 75% and 80% of the adult population have some form of foot problem. Foot problems most commonly appear following decades of wear and tear, neglect and persevering with poorly fitting footwear. REMEMBER: It’s never too late to start taking care of your feet. Book a consultation with Lynne or Laura at the C3 podiatry clinic in the heart of Rhiwbina for friendly, professional foot care and footwear advice and treatment.
C3 Chiropractic is run by Rainer Wieser and our team; Chloe Stamper, Lia Biancheri and Niki Douglas.
At C3 we have been providing effective chiropractic care to thousands of patients since we were established in 1998. Our team are qualified and experienced members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), the Royal College of Chiropractors (RCoC), and are registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
We work within a professional setting, utilising the latest equipment and techniques in order to provide effective diagnosis and treatment for many conditions. These include back and neck pain, arthritic pain, headaches and migraine, hip, knee and ankle pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, sports injuries, repetitive strain injury and sciatica.
Our team members are also registered practitioners with leading health insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA and many more.
223-225 Pantbach Road
Tel: 02920 627888