Passion for health from the feet up
KATHERINE Irving loves it when her clients can become actively involved in their own health.
The Dalby podiatrist started her own business, 360 Podiatry, just over two years ago and has found offering explanations, education and giving clients the opportunity to become involved in their own health journey led to the best outcomes.
She said it was even more important to be non-judgemental, supportive and understanding in her approach, because without trust, her clients would be reluctant to share important information that could help her find the best treatment for them.
“A client will not disclose anything if they do not trust or feel comfortable with you,” she said.
“This can take time, but providing continuity of care goes a long way to building this level of rapport and trust,” she said.
Ms Irving sees a surprising range of clients for a huge range of conditions including painful feet, ingrown toenails, heel spurs or plantar fasciitis.
Muscle imbalance or gait dysfunction could also contribute to a range of biomechanical issues she treats in both children and adults, but there were plenty more conditions on her list of regular treatments.
“Some people find it difficult to even get down to the feet to cut their toenails or have questions regarding correct footwear,” Ms Irving said.
“I deal with wounds and ulcers, corns and plantar warts, knee and ankle pain.
“There is certainly a great variety of conditions which affect the feet.”
When it came to choosing what she is most passionate about, however, the answer is diabetes.
Because many diabetics suffer from complications with their feet, diabetes patients regularly came in for advice and treatment and she said it was a role she took very seriously.
Working in Dalby and surrounding communities such as Jandowae, Cecil Plains and Millmerran, as well as with Dalby’s indigenous community, was a joy for Ms Irving, who loved to get to know clients personally.
She said she looked forward to expanding her practice and was well on her way after finding the perfect clinic manager this year.
PROUD BUSINESS: 360 Podiatry owner Katherine Irving and clinic manager Annette Sirett are proud to do business in Dalby.