Pas­sion for health from the feet up

Dalby Herald - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

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.

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOYLE

PROUD BUSI­NESS: 360 Po­di­a­try owner Kather­ine Irv­ing and clinic man­ager An­nette Sirett are proud to do busi­ness in Dalby.

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