Fiona Stark is looking forward to taking her podiatry service, Complete Feet Podiatry, to the next level with a shift to new premises.
Recently Fiona (who has been a podiatrist for 30 years) moved her practice just down the road from her home in Stanmore Bay to the New World Whangaparaoa complex and into the Stanmore Bay Medical Centre. A little health hub has formed there, with a chemist, dentist, physiotherapist and now Complete Feet Podiatry.
Fiona says she is looking forward to working with other healthcare professionals. She says medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and poor circulation, along with things such as hip and knee replacements, all play a big part in foot health. “There is nearly always a medical or clinical biomechanical reason for the pain and issues that patients come to me for,” Fiona says.
She is contracted to Procare for diabetes foot screening, which gives qualifying patients three free treatments per year, and also takes care of war veterans’ podiatry needs – those on a War Pension are eligible for several free treatments annually.
With a minimum of 10,000 steps a day currently recommended for fitness, there is no doubt that feet can be asked to do a lot of hard work, yet they don’t always get the support they need; the way we walk and activities such as sport, along with footwear that doesn’t fit properly, can all cause problems.
Fiona says it’s very satisfying to be able to treat all foot ailments and get feet back into tip-top health. “Healthy feet are happy feet!” she says.
“Whatever foot problem you may have and whatever your age, you are not alone. The earlier you treat a problem, the less likely you will have problems in later life.”
Along with the move, Complete Feet Podiatry has gone digital and has a new website (completefeetpodiatry.nz) that includes an online booking service.