Run by the husband and wife team of Clinical Director Peter and Practice Manager Tina Allton, Circle Podiatry opened in Lewisham, South London in 2001. In 2011 it opened its second practice in Oxted, Surrey and the company will soon launch its third clinic in Harley Street, Marylebone. Circle Podiatry is the UK’s only multi-award winning private podiatry brand.
Peter said, “It’s great to have been recognised by the Federation of Small Businesses, and it is a massive honour for all of us here at Circle Podiatry.
“The entire team have worked incredibly hard and deserve all the accolades they get. I want to take this chance to say thank you to each of them.
“Winning this award would mean a lot to us as it would raise the profile of the profession as a whole and hopefully to get people to start taking their feet seriously.
“Most of us have regular dental checks and eye tests but our feet, which are destined to carry us the equivalent of five times around the world, somehow get forgotten and neglected.
“They are often deteriorating and storing up trouble without us being aware and people just aren’t aware of how important the feet are to their future enjoyment of life. Time and time again my patients tell me they wish they had known earlier.”
Having qualified as a podiatrist in 1988, Peter has 27 years of experience and has treated over 200,000 feet. Tina has now been Practice Manager for ten years, having left her career as a teacher to join Circle Podiatry in 2005.
Excellent customer service is a source of pride for Peter and Tina and this is something they believe is central to the strong growth of their business.
One thing that makes Circle Podiatry unique is Peter and Tina’s determination to make a positive difference to the world. Peter lives with Type 2 diabetes and is aware of the dangers that the condition poses to foot health, but it was not until their daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 that they decided to start a movement that is destined to make a difference around the world.
Peter started by writing ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes: a Step-by-Step Guide to Keep your Feet Healthy for Life’, a book that was launched at the Institute of Directors on Tuesday June 23.
He was supported by leading members of the UK’s largest diabetes charities: the JDRF and Diabetes UK.
Alongside the book Peter and Tina launched ‘Undefeeted’, a global movement that advocates education for people with diabetes and practitioners donating some of their time so that people with diabetes can have free foot checks.