Orthotics are a prescription item made for foot and leg problems. Some people refer to them as appliances (arch) supports, plates, etc. Though superficially they resemble the unsophisticated off the shelf arch supports, they differ radically in that their role is not primarily to support the arch but to restore and maintain the correct alignment of the bones, ligaments and muscles within the foot, ankle and leg.
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I completed my podiatry training at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, where I qualified in 2009 with a Batchelor of Science (honours) degree in podiatry. I initially worked in private podiatry practice before joining the NHS podiatry service in Portsmouth in 2011, where I developed skills in the prevention of foot ulceration in diabetes.
Since 2013 I have been based at Total Foot Health, a multi-disciplinary podiatry practice in Salisbury, where I provide a range of services including; prevention of diabetic foot disease, local anaesthetics and minor surgery (for ingrowing toenails and verrucae), and treatment of musculoskeletal (muscle and bone) disorders (e.g. foot and ankle pain). Between 2016-17 I was privileged to work as part of the surgical team at New Hall Hospital, Wiltshire where I provided local anaesthetic ankle blocks for patients undergoing foot surgery. Since qualifying, I have continued post-graduate study, and in 2017 I was awarded a Master of Science degree in podiatry from the University of Brighton. My dissertation involved research into the assessment of sensation in the sole of the foot.
In 2018, I joined Glencairn House Clinic as the Musculoskeletal Podiatrist with a primary focus on assessing and treating musculoskeletal problems within the foot and ankle. Treatment often involves the prescription of custom-made foot orthoses (insoles) to help support the feet or encourage function.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a full member of the College of Podiatry (COP). I am a gentle but thorough clinician and I aim to provide the highest level of care to my patients through a patient centred approach. I look forward to meeting you in clinic and helping you to resolve the foot related problem that is affecting the activities you enjoy.
Outside of work I enjoy activities such as walking, fishing and playing tennis.