Tiptoe Foot Care was set up in 2005 and so has been treating patients’ feet in and around Barnet and Potters Bar for over ten years. Initially working from a variety of locations in Cockfosters, East Barnet and Palmers Green, it has grown to meet demand over the years and finally found a permanent home in New Southgate in 2012.
Tiptoe’s owner and head podiatrist, Afni Shah-Hamilton, has developed good links with the local hospital, works with nearby GPs and is now employing other passionate podiatrists who share her vision and values to help resolve the full range of toe, foot and ankle injuries across North London as well as providing routine care and treatment and advice and information to improve foot health in general.
The current team:
Afni Shah-Hamilton graduated from University College London in Podiatry BSC (Hons) and completed her master´s degree at Kings College London. She has many years of experience in biomechanical problems of the lower leg, specialist knowledge on how diabetes and cancer treatments affect the feet and how to treat ulceration and has seen and treated hundreds of common problems like athlete´s foot and verrucae. Afni has also been trained in acupuncture to help treat conditions of the lower limb such as painful plantar fasciitis.
Constantly looking for new ways to further help her patients, Afni spoke at the 2017 COPA Conference at London’s ExCel Centre to a range of medical practitioners on the subject of providing better outcomes for patients through professional collaboration. She has also started a blog on the subject of children’s foot health as she seeks to share some of her expertise in this area and more recently joined the Macmillan Cancer Support Allied Health Advisory Board. Afni has broadened her knowledge by studying Anatomy in Motion (AiM) and is now running pain and movement sessions that combine these new skills with her podiatric knowledge to resolve a wide variety of interconnected problems.
Afni previously worked for Southwark Foot Health Department in conjunction with Guy´s and King´s College Hospital. She also worked for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists as a Learning fund Project Worker, promoting learning and development whilst liaising with members of the profession and other medical professionals.
Deborah Kareem joined Tiptoe in June 2016 with experience from practicing in both the NHS and private sectors. She has always been interested in a medical career and qualified as a podiatrist at the University of East London.
Deborah is interested in the full range of diverse foot problems, and so uses her wide ranging theoretical knowledge and understanding when assessing the condition of a patient’s feet and ankles/lower legs. This helps her to identify and recommend treatment for flat feet and high arches, bunions, calluses, corns and verrucae. She also has interest in other foot pain and sports injuries.
Focused on agreeing a treatment plan that suits her patient’s concerns and lifestyle and that will try and prevent or reduce future problems, Deborah continuously improves her own knowledge through reading journals and attending conferences as part of her ongoing professional development.
Anna Beech has worked in the private sector since qualifying as a podiatrist from the University of East London. Her aim is not just to provide high quality, patient centred podiatry care, but to also promote appropriate foot health education to clients with the intention of preventing the development of various foot complications in the future.
Anna has always been fascinated with how the human body functions, and in particular with how foot conditions affect and change a person’s physical health and fitness. Before becoming a qualified podiatrist, Anna qualified as a sports massage therapist in 1992 from the National Academy of Physical Education and Sport (Volgograd, Russia).
Anna has a special interest in sports injuries as well as common foot pathologies such as corns, verrucae and ingrown toenail treatments, and she continuously works actively to increase her expertise in these areas by attending special courses.
Anna is keen to make people feel comfortable within the clinical environment, and her previous work experience with disabled and elderly people makes her particularly adept in helping these patients.
Many of you will have met Svetlana in the clinic as she has been shadowing our senior podiatrists over the past two years whilst completing her qualification in podiatric medicine at the University of East London. Having recently qualified, she will be now be running a Wednesday evening clinic for us on alternate weeks.
Anna Kirby / Michelle Miller
Whilst not podiatrists, our receptionists Anna and Michelle are integral members of the team and always keen to help. Please feel free to give them a call for further information or even if you just need directions from New Southgate or Arnos Grove tube stations!