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Free foot clinic with expert podiatrist

Published: 10th June 2019 10:16

SOMERSET walkers, hikers and climbers can have their feet checked over by a qualified podiatrist at a free foot clinic in Taunton this month (June 2019).

Alastair Oxberry from The Foot and Gait Clinic will be at Taunton Leisure on East Reach on June 29 from 2-5pm offering complimentary advice to anyone interested in finding out more.

Store Manager, Bill Atkinson, who is an experienced hiker, explained: “We’re delighted that Alastair, who qualified from the University of Plymouth in 2018 with a Bsc (Hons) in Podiatry, is able give up his time to host this free event for us.

“As we’re all keen outdoor enthusiasts here, we understand the importance of having the right equipment, including footwear, so your feet are both comfortable and protected.

“If you suffer from reoccurring foot, leg, knee or even back pain whilst out walking there might be a solution. You don’t have to accept that pain and discomfort is the norm when so many issues can be easily resolved with correctly fitting footwear with appropriate support.

“We’re well-known in the area for offering free expert advice on the right boots or shoes people need for the activities they enjoy in the great outdoors and for taking the time to fit footwear properly.

“With Alastair on site for the day, we’ll be able to go that extra mile and he’ll be able to complement the service we offer including giving advice on general foot treatments and chatting to people about the biomechanics of musculoskeletal problems. Anyone interested in joining Alastair for a 30-minute, group, in-store talk and demo on the day can book in via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taunton-leisure-foot-clinic-with-expert-podiatrist-tickets-62206623686 or please call 01823 332987..”

The Foot and Gait Clinic on Bridge Street in Taunton started more than 30 years ago and has built-up good working relationships with osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and sports’ massage therapists. It also runs external clinics including some at nearby GP practices.

Taunton Leisure’s in-store experts can advise on the brands available for wide, narrow and average feet, and provide a free fitting service to ensure they fit perfectly too.

Bill added: “Our range of footwear can accommodate the variations in foot morphology people have, particularly in relation to foot width.

“For people with wider feet, we stock footwear with more space at the front, a firm grip on the heel, a wider base and a more defined contour that enables easier rollover when walking.

“We can also offer a fully trained fitting service for Superfeet premium insoles. Superfeet insoles move with your feet, providing support in all the right places at the right times. They help to stabilise your feet when wearing shoes or boots as well as offering comfort and support at the same time.”

Taunton Leisure, which is a family-run business, has been helping its customers get the right clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure equipment for more than 40 years.

Customers travel specifically to visit the store as it is well-known and respected for its specialist expertise and skills, including its boot fitting and rucksack fitting services.

From walking boots to climbing shoes or tents to outdoor cookware, Taunton Leisure supplies more than 3,500 products online or in-store and has friendly knowledgeable staff on hand to offer expert advice too.

Taunton Leisure, which has stores in Bristol and Exeter as well, stocks well-known brands such as Scarpa, Altberg, Rab, The North Face, Vango, Outwell, Osprey, Mountain Equipment and Meindl to name a few.

It also provides niche products and is the only retailer in the UK to sell Snow Peak Titanium Cookware.

The free Foot Clinic takes place at Taunton Leisure, which is on East Reach, on Saturday, June 29 from 2-5pm. Anyone interested in joining Alastair for a 30-minute, group, in-store talk and demo on the day can book in via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taunton-leisure-foot-clinic-with-expert-podiatrist-tickets-62206623686 or please call 01823 332987.

For more information, please visit Taunton Leisure on East Reach in Taunton or www.tauntonleisure.com. Alternatively, please call 01823 332987 or connect via https://www.facebook.com/TauntonLeisure/ or https://twitter.com/tauntonleisure.

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