Focusing on feet
The first meeting of Terregles SWI for the new session was chaired by vice president Greta Allen who welcomed everyone and introduced Ann Melville, the speaker for the evening.
Ann came with a well prepared and interesting talk about her work as a podiatrist. She originally qualified as a nurse before resuming her studies and training for three years to become a podiatrist.
Podiatry is a branch of medicine, qualified podiatrists will be registered (HCPC) and they will be audited every two years.
Podiatrists focus on the body from the hips downward. Ann suggested that just like with their teeth, people should have a check-up on their feet twice a year.
People should see a podiatrist for advice about their feet, for foot pain, as a means of maintaining foot health and as a way of helping their mobility.
Ann touched on some of the problems people experience such as pain, blisters, cracked heels, toenail conditions, athlete’s foot, corns and callouses.
The biggest cause of foot issues is poorly fitting footwear. The most supportive shoes should have toe room, cushioned soles, a broad heel, secure fastenings and plain seamfree linings.
Members were advised that even as adults they should get their feet measured before buying footwear. As foot disorders can have a debilitating affect on people’s lives Ann urged members to look after their feet – check them daily using a mirror if necessary, keep them warm, file nails regularly, file hard skin in the morning and use foot cream at bedtime as well as keeping active. Ann had a selection of information leaflets for members.
Kathleen Cherry thanked Ann for her informative input which all had enjoyed and learned from. After supper Ann judged the competitions.
Raspberry jam : 1 Flora Howie; 2 Blanche McCormick; 3 Joan Wood. Fun sunglasses: 1 Blanche McCormick; 2 Greta Allen; 3 Flora Howie.