I want to ensure that your feet never stop you from doing the activities that you want to do

I am John Charles, the Running Podiatrist. I have a huge passion for running and how it can help your physical and mental health. I use my skills and knowledge as a Podiatrist to help others improve their lower limb health and achieve their running and physical health goals.

I discovered running at the age of 19 when my dad entered me and my brother in the Nike Run London 10k event through the lush surroundings of Richmond Park. I haven’t looked back since and have taken part in some amazing events including the London and Melbourne Marathons, Ironman Australia (with a swim and bike first!), competed for clubs and univeristies at national and county championships, met many inspirational people and running as allowed me to do this!

I worked for the London Marathon Running Store for 8 years and my interest in runners and running led me to becoming a Podiatrist. I currently work at clinics in South Yarra and Prahran, am a member of Hawthorn Triathlon Club and am closely involved with a number of local running groups.

I love working with runners and believe that everyone should have the opportunity and tools to enable them to run pain-free and with enjoyment. I use detailed assessment, treatment and programs to help you achieve your running goals.

My values are:

  • Teamwork - closely working with you and your network

  • Enthusiasm - to celebrate and promote your progress

  • Integrity – to act ethically and honestly

  • Respect – to listen and understand your thoughts, feelings and opinions

  • Excellence – to strive for excellence for my practice and your outcomes

  • Impact – to empower, enable and inspire you


I am part of the Paromed Podiatry Group and utilise the latest technology to help understand your feet. I help with problems such as:

- finding shoes and orthotics that actually fit your fit! I design my own orthotics from the ground up with an error margin of 0.01mm.

- understanding the cause of your foot problems. Using pressure measurement to understand damaging loads which cannot be seen by the eye alone.

- knowing if treatments are working. Ever felt like you weren't sure if the footwear or insoles make a difference? My systems ensure you have objective information every step of the way.

- getting the whole picture. Pressure readings are an essential part of any foot assessment - whether you are a Diabetic, playing sport, working on your feet or going through the aging process. Don't sell yourself short when it comes to getting a complete view of what is going on with them!


Professional Qualifications

  • Podiatrist - BSc from Southampton University (UK)

  • Running Coach - Level 2 Recreational Running

  • Member Australian Podiatry Association

  • Member Australian Academy Podiatric Sports Medicine

Personal Achievements

  • Melbourne Marathon - 2011 and 2013

  • London Marathon - 2010

  • Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie - 2019

  • Ironman 70.3 Geelong - 2017, 2018

  • Ironman 70.3 Western Australia, Busselton - 2019

  • Challenge Shepparton Long Course Triathlon - 2014, 2016, 2017

  • Challenge Melbourne Long Course Triathlon - 2016

Personal Bests

  • 1500m - 4:12

  • 3000m - 9:25

  • 5000m - 15:59, Hyde Park, Serpentine 5k

  • 10000m - 32:31, Eastleigh 10k

  • Half Marathon - 1:12:50 - Edinburgh Half Marathon 2010

  • Marathon - 2:44:21 - Melbourne Marathon 2011

  • Olympic Distance Triathlon - 2:18:01 - 2XU Series Race 3, St Kilda 2022

  • Half-Ironman Triathlon - 4:45:40 - Ironman 70.3 Western Australia 2019

  • Ironman Triathon - 11:10:56 - Ironman Australia 2019