Things You Probably Didn't Know ...

  • By Judith Sullivan
  • 30 Mar, 2017
11 Dec, 2015
Author/blogger Reggie Simpson
... About Your Feet

Conditions relating to the feet are more common than you may think, which means there’s often a lot of helpful advice and treatment available to help deal with the issue as soon as possible. According to the NHS, around 75% of the UK population will experience a foot problem at some point during their lifetime.

Your feet alone have around 250,000 sweat glands. During periods of physical activity or exertion, they can produce around four to six ounces of sweat in a single day – if not more! This is why it’s important to take care of your feet and keep them clean and dry after workouts to keep them free of conditions such as Athlete’s Foot.

An average person will walk around 8,000 – 10,000 steps each day, coming to a total of around 115,000 in their lifetime.

Most people have 52 bones in their feet – that’s a quarter of all the bones in the human skeleton combined! When these bones are out of alignment, the rest of your body will be too.

Have your toenails been growing faster recently? Toenails have been proven to grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy and puberty, so it’s worth keeping them cut and shaped to avoid discomfort or ingrown toenails.

Your feet may be the first indicator that you’ve developed a medical condition or illness. For instance, those who have developed diabetes may first notice reduced circulation, numbness of the feet or a foot infection that will eventually lead to a diagnosis of diabetes. It’s worth knowing the indicators of diabetes, especially as there are now over three million people with the condition in the UK.

Podiatrists are specialists in diagnosing and treating foot conditions. To become a podiatrist in the UK, one must study for a minimum of three years in order to exhibit the level of knowledge required to treat patients, so rest assured you’re in great hands when seeking treatment!

If there’s more you’d like to know about your feet, or you have a foot problem you’re looking to seek treatment for, get in touch with a podiatrist today. Betafeet Podiatry are ready and waiting!

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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