Paul Sharples graduated with a BSc (Hons) Podiatry (first class) this summer and even before graduation, had set up his own business with home visits and clinics running from Neal’s Yard Remedies and Renaissance, Cairneyhill in Edinburgh. 

During his degree, Paul visited many different NHS clinics and private practices, as well as securing a visit to Singapore general hospital where he gained an insight into how podiatry is developing in another country. Paul has been able to adapt new skills from this valuable experience which have helped him excel in patient care and treatment plans.

Prior to studying podiatry, Paul worked as a sports and remedial massage therapist in Australia, where he treated everyone from older adults, athletes to people with chronic injuries. It was during this training and experience that he found his true passion for podiatry.

"During his degree, Paul visited many different NHS clinics and private practices, as well as securing a visit to Singapore general hospital where he gained an insight into how podiatry is developing in another country."

During each appointment Paul will provide preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankle and lower legs. As a podiatrist his specialist skills focus on tending infections, ailments, defects and injuries of the foot and lower leg, as well as treating foot and nail conditions related to other major health disorders such as diabetes. Paul will also provide preventative care and advice on improving mobility, independence and the quality of life for each of his patients. From these assessments, he can prescribe a variety of 'off the shelf' foot orthoses (insoles).

In the year ahead, Paul will undertake further training in the use of ankle mobilisation techniques on the foot and ankle, which should be particularly helpful to people suffering from arthritis. He also hopes to undertake courses in acupuncture, laser treatments for corn removal and dry needling for verruca treatments.

To keep up-to-date with Paul’s business or to arrange a home or clinic appointment visit:  facebook.com/paulsharplespodiatry

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