Fo­cus­ing on feet

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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