• By Judith Sullivan
  • 05 Apr, 2017
17 Feb, 2017
Author/blogger Reggie Simpson

Introducing new technology at Betafeet Podiatry

At Betafeet Podiatry we pride ourselves in offering our patients the latest technologies to help you achieve your outcomes. We are pleased to announce that we are offering a new treatment which will help to create tailored exercise programmes for you using a brand-new app called PhysiApp.

PhysiApp will let you complete your prescribed exercise programme by following crystal-clear, narrated exercise videos. The app is completely free to download from the App store and Google Play store or can be accessed via your web browser.  Built-in reminders help you move forward to a better you!

Of course, there are other ways to get you 'on track' with exercises equally free and not reliant on mobile technology.

I, for one, have been exploring opportunities to participate in fitness outings and have joined in walks organised by Simply Walk  (

) around College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring.  I spotted their poster in a a local car park.  I also recently picked up a leaflet from the Tring Silk Mill Community Centre entitled Hertfordshire Health Walks ( )

Contact Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and/or Bedfordshire county councils for more information on walks within the three counties and beyond; many of these are accessible by public transport and cater for varying ability levels, ages and interests.  Your local library is also well worth a visit to help you get more information.

These are all great ways to get fitter and meet new people, whilst enjoying some fresh air, good company and beautiful countryside!  Hats off to the myriad of volunteers who keep these walks 'going'.

Stay tuned for more information on the use and impact of Physitrack by Betafeet's own Matt Collison, who has been commissioned to write an article about PhysiTrack for   Podiatry Now .   In the meantime, do ask about whether you can benefit from the app at a future visit with us.  

By Judith Sullivan 09 Dec, 2017
By Reggie Simpson
By Judith Sullivan 28 Sep, 2017

We are delighted to announce that prose written by our Practice Business Manager, Reggie Simpson, will be featured in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Rhyme & Reason 2018 diary, now in its 26th year. The theme for this forthcoming year’s diary is ‘Freedom’. All proceeds from sales of the diary go to support this worthwhile charity.

Reggie says: ‘Although my entry wasn't among the top poetry and prize winners, I was chuffed to be selected for the 2018 diary. The theme was quite broad, but my degrees in politics and love of writing invariably drew me to entering the competition. In the end I settled on a focus of freedom in healthcare, no doubt inspired by my current employment at Betafeet Podiatry and the noble work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ( ).

Rennie Grove Hospice Care, formally known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, merged with Grove House, St Albans in 2010 to integrate services in south western Hertfordshire. The ethos and values of the two charities were closely aligned with the principle of allowing patients to lead a good quality of life at home for as long as possible, helping patients and their families avoid the distress of unnecessary hospital visits whenever possible.

The diaries can be ordered from the Rennie Grove website, payment by debit/credit card. It's part of their annual Christmas/holiday promotion. There will also be copies in local Rennie Grove shops. They are £5 each with additional postage if bought online. Shop locations can be found here: .

Here is Reggie’s entry (to appear in the month of September 2018): 

‘Do not count the days; make the days count.’

Muhammad Ali. Professional Boxer.  Audacious. Charismatic. A winner in the ring.

But even when you have won it all, life throws you a few more punches.

Yes, his name opened doors and wealth, but the bombastic man of his younger years was humbled in later life, and following retirement, he dedicated himself increasingly to charitable work. Parkinson’s was already taking hold.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest honour the USA can bestow.   He died in June 2016, aged 74.

Now the news is about boxing helping dementia sufferers.

So what does this mean for freedom? Does getting battered around the head spell freedom and choice? One would say yes; a boxer is free to take such risks. When the consequences deal you a fatal blow as a result, when do you lose your freedom? Is it when you have been reduced to a shadow of your former self, a normal human being, and have to rely on others? Muhammad Ali likely had plenty of resources to ensure his final days would help him on his final journey.

We tend to think of freedom in political terms. It is hard to remove freedom in healthcare from politics. Think NHS reform, among others. Freedom in a healthcare environment means more to the individuals and families when they have life-limiting illnesses and need the care of volunteer-run hospices such as Iain Rennie Grove.

The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive, from the different treatment options available. How these are chosen is individual, although for those with life threatening or limiting illnesses this choice will fall on family members. 

I quote the following:

‘In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties’.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Philosopher

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.




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