Young graduate takes first steps in world of business

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A young Kelso podiatrist has set up business in a beauty salon in the town.

Twenty-two-year-old Joanna Allan, BSc (Hons) Podiatry MChS (Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists) is diagnosing and treating conditions in the foot and lower limb from the Beautiful Truth salon on Saturdays.

Joanna said: “Podiatry is a fascinating science which affects the whole body.

“Knowing I am helping to improve someone’s quality of life makes my job hugely satisfying. As they say ‘if your feet are sore, you’re all sore’.”

Joanna studied for four years to become a podiatrist at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, qualifying in 2013 and gaining her first-class honours earlier this year.

She said:“I have experience working in the public sector for NHS Lothian, and I also worked in Alnwick within the private sector.

“I have treated patients from the age of six to 92, male and female. There really can be a need for a podiatrist at any age.

“Younger clients tend to present with conditions such as ingrown toenails, verrucae and sporting injuries, whereas patients over the age of 60 generally have needs concerning corns and thickened nails.

“Their needs can extend to complications caused by gout and arthritis – changes which can cause pain throughout the lower limb.

“In addition, there are many people who present with fungal nails and generalised foot pain, originating from tendons, muscles, nerves or bones.

“My practice covers treatments from nail cuts to nail removal surgery, from footwear advice to orthotic prescriptions and much more.

“And I am HCPC (Health Care and Professions Council) registered and a member of the Chiropodists and Podiatrists Society. This is to ensure I practice safely, within my scope of practice and I am up to date with current procedure.”

Joanna is also available for consultations in the evenings on request, Monday to Friday, and can treat patients in their own homes, including residential homes, throughout the Borders.

For more information visit Joanna Allan Podiatry on Facebook, contact Joanna on 07463 754978 or email her at: joanna.allan@hotmail.co.uk