Looking after our feet is important in helping to maintain comfort and mobility but, particularly as we get older, this is often easier said than done!
Blackmore Vale Foot Care provides a professional, friendly and confidential foot care service in clients homes. Fully qualified and insured, all common foot problems are treated, for example, corns, calluses, ingrown nails etc.; a nail cutting service is also available. If necessary and with clients’ consent, referrals are made to chiropodists and podiatrists when clinic treatment is required or when a biomechanical assessment may be beneficial. Liaison with GPs and community nurses are also made should the need arise and, again, with clients’ consent.
Based in Marnhull, but now covering most of North Dorset and neighbouring Wincanton, the service was established in 2005 by Gillian Walsham who found that home visits were much appreciated by clients as they saved the hassle associated with making a trip to town. Due to increased demand, Gillian has been joined by her sisters Rosemary Prince and Caroline Fryer. All three have professional indemnity insurance and current DBS clearance (police checked) to work in peoples homes. Many clients book regular appointments of between six and eight weeks but some request a visit on an ‘as and when needed’ basis. As well as visits to clients homes, Rosemary and Caroline visit four local residential /nursing homes regularly to care for residents and sometimes treat patients in local hospitals at the request of staff or relatives.
All the sisters trained as Foot Health Professionals at the SMAE Institute in Maidenhead which has been training chiropodists and podiatrists since 1922. The training covered all aspects of the treatment of common foot problems as well as diabetic foot care. They are also trained to assess health conditions plus neurological and circulatory problems which can affect the type of treatment clients may safely receive. Attending study days, usually at the SMAE, to keep abreast of the latest treatments is an important part of keeping their skills and knowledge up to date. This training has built upon the long careers both Gillian and Caroline spent working as registered nurses in the NHS.