Afni Shah-Hamilton is a pain management specialist, who focuses on the biomechanics of the entire body. 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.
An experienced podiatrist, 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 has written a series of award winning articles in the Podiatry Review, the quarterly journal produced by the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (see link). She has been awarded both a Consultant Fellowship and an Academic Fellowship by the Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists reflecting her expertise both as a practitioner and in the development and sharing of podiatric knowledge.
Afni has broadened her skills by studying in depth a range of related areas including systematic kinesiology, Anatomy in Motion (AiM) and Adaptable Polarity, in order to better understand the whole body’s movement. She uses this breadth of expertise as a key to identify the root cause of long term joint pain and mobility issues, connecting the dots between what might appear to be unrelated issues. Afni has also been trained in acupuncture to help treat conditions of the lower limb such as painful plantar fasciitis.
Afni 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. She has also participated in online webinars and is often invited to provide talks to groups interested in understanding her work.
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 Royal College of Podiatry) as a Learning fund Project Worker, promoting learning and development across the profession.