Afni Shah-Hamilton has been running Tiptoe Foot Care for over 15 years, treating thousands of feet in the process. She has a particular focus on biomechanical problems. As well as treating the running or sport injuries you might expect from a podiatrist, Afni has helped a large number of patients with unresolved (or in some cases previously undetected) problems with the toes, foot or ankle that were causing long term knee, hip, back or neck pain.
Afni also specialises in helping patients to understand and manage the impact of diabetes and cancer treatments on the feet and legs, including the treatment of ulceration. Her expertise in the role of podiatry in cancer treatment is reflected in the fact she sits on the Macmillan Cancer Support Allied Health Advisory Board and this year, has written a series of feature articles in Podiatry Review, the quarterly journal produced by the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (see link).
Afni has further broadened her knowledge by studying a range of related areas including systematic kinesiology and Anatomy in Motion (AiM), which focuses on anatomy and looks at how the whole body should move as we walk, using this as a key to identify the root cause of long term joint pain and mobility issues. She runs pain and movement sessions that combine all of these skills with her podiatric knowledge to resolve a wide variety of interconnected problems. 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 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. As well as her articles about podiatric issues for cancer sufferers she has written a blog on the subject of children’s foot health inspired by her two young children and the common (and some times avoidable) foot problems she sees on the school run and participated in online webinars.
Afni graduated from University College London in Podiatry BSC (Hons) and completed her master´s degree at Kings College London. She previously worked for Southwark Foot Health Department in conjunction with Guy´s and King´s College Hospital as well as working for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (now the College of Podiatry) as a Learning fund Project Worker, promoting learning and development across the profession.