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Kate Hughes – super receptionist and super mum

We asked our receptionist Kate Hughes to share her Health First story, so over to you Kate: Here is a little insight into my working life at this current time. I am extremely lucky to be able to juggle a local part-time job at Health First with bringing up a family, with 2 school-age children.…

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What is FOOTVALUE?

FOOTVALUE is a concept that our Lead Podiatrist, Jonathan Small has developed, having spent 30 years learning about it through interactions with patients and foot colleagues (Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Foot Health Practitioners etc.) and other healthcare professionals. Through gaining a greater understanding of FOOTVALUE, he has been able to build a highly-recommended private Podiatry clinic that…

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7 Foot Exercises for Balance

Feet are really important to us. They enable us to get places, be active, and enjoy our lives. They are the foundations of our body and without them we would be lost. Through a finely-tuned process of nerve signals, muscle activity, blood flow, and constantly changing bone & joint structure, our feet are an essential…

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5 Qualities the Best People in the Feet Industry Tend to Have

Feet are everywhere. We are born with them, live our lives with them and most of us die with them (unfortunately some even die from them or without them). When something goes wrong with them, there is an array of people we can see to help us. There are Foot Surgeons & Doctors, Podiatrists &…

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The cost of verrucas

Foot warts (verrucae) are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) of which there are more than 100 different types. However there are generally only 4 main types that affect the feet and each one differs in size, pain, and appearance. Public understanding of viruses has come a long way due to Covid-19, including the…

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The cost of corns

If you have ever suffered with corns on your feet, you will know how painful they can become if left untreated. There are numerous types of corns, but all of them can affect quality of life in some way. At their worse, they can even lead to infection and sepsis, but so can some of…

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The cost of ingrowing toenails

Following on from last month’s article introducing the various costs associated with health problems, I thought I would start with something apparently fairly simple – ingrowing toenails. However they can be far from simple. In my days as NHS Diabetic Foot Specialist, I was involved in the case of a man who developed gangrene from…

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The cost of (im)mobility

The past few months have focussed all of us on the costs of things. COVID-19 has robbed us of so much, and we will never fully understand the costs to us as individuals and to society as a whole. Physical, emotional, & financial costs have been bourne by us and will unfortunately continue for a…

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Health First and Covid 19 coronavirus

**UPDATE 13/2/21** As a healthcare worker, our lead Podiatrist Jonathan Small has had his first vaccination against Covid-19, and we know that lots of our older patients have had theirs too. This is great news as hopefully the world slowly starts to become a safer place again. At our clinic we work hard to ensure…

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10 painful foot conditions that can be cured

Have you ever heard the phrase “when your feet hurt, it hurts all over”? Well for many people, it really is true. Foot pains & problems are very common, and they reduce our mobility, restrict our activities, and even affect our mood. However, there is good news – these painful foot problems can be cured.…

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