New Year's Resolution

  • By Judith Sullivan
  • 31 Mar, 2017
04 Jan, 2016

10 Reasons You May Need to Visit a Podiatrist

A podiatrist is an expert when it comes to the health of your feet, especially if you’re suffering from pain. Whether it’s down to a chronic medical condition or simply your everyday circumstances such as poorly fitted shoes, a podiatrist can help you deal with the symptoms and improve your comfort. Read on to discover 10 reasons to book an appointment:

You’ve started a new fitness regime

If you’re going to be running regularly to improve your health, it’s also important to care for the health of your feet. A podiatrist can help you avoid potential problems such as aches or shin splints, as well as recommending the best type of running shoe for your feet.

You’re beginning to feel foot or ankle pain

There are plenty of reasons that could be leading to pain in your feet or ankles, but rather than ignoring the problem, head to a podiatrist. They’ll be able to evaluate your situation and advise on the best treatment.

You’re suffering from diabetes

Those with diabetes are at higher risk of developing foot problems, some of which can be serious. Sufferers of diabetes should visit a podiatrist annually to significantly lower their risk of amputation later in life.

You’re experiencing a heel spur

Heel spurs are bone growths that may cause a great deal of pain. A podiatrist will perform an exam of the feet, which may include an X-ray, before recommending the appropriate treatment.

You have an ingrown toenail

It’s important to deal with an ingrown toenail before an infection occurs. A podiatrist will be able to remove the unnecessary part of the nail and may advise further if the area has already become infected.

You think a muscle or bone may be sprained or broken

Whether it’s a strain, sprain or break you’ve experienced, a podiatrist can diagnose the issue, reduce your pain levels and provide a suitable treatment plan or referral.

You’ve developed corns or calluses

Corns and calluses are amongst the most common reasons for visiting a podiatrist. These painful conditions can be treated by a podiatrist, allowing you to get back to your daily activities without discomfort.

You have a bunion

Bunions occur when the bone of the big toe is out of alignment. Without treatment, they may get worse, so it’s important to see a podiatrist as they develop.

Your podiatrist will recommend treatment or may refer you for surgery in severe cases.

Y ou’re looking to take preventative measures

Even if your feet are healthy, your podiatrist can still advise on the best preventative care for your feet and encourage longterm foot health to avoid serious issues in the future.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, a good podiatric clinic such as Beta Feet Podiatry will be able to help treat the problem and provide reliable advice to keep your feet and ankles in great shape.

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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