Cutting edge for Falkirk’s over-50s

Kirsten Todd is one of the NHS-trained footcare volunteers for Forth Valley Top Toes. Picture: Craig Halkett
Kirsten Todd is one of the NHS-trained footcare volunteers for Forth Valley Top Toes. Picture: Craig Halkett
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Volunteers have been training to provide a valuable service to people over the age of 50 who can’t manage it themselves .. cutting their toenails.

Forth Valley Top Toes is a registered charity working alongside the local NHS board to deliver the service for older people in the area.

Taking care of your feet is important at any age but is essential in later years and improves mobility, comfort, confidence and independence, giving a better quality of life.

Mobility and age-related health problems can hinder people’s ability to clip their own toenails, but the volunteers from Top Toes are now offering help at Falkirk Community Hospital in Westburn Avenue on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

The project began after a pilot by Age Concern for people over 50 with no underlying health medical conditions.

“It’s rare that you can have a simple idea that makes such a difference to the day to day lives of our older population,” said volunteer co-ordinator Fiona Wilson.

“Our clients are very appreciative of our service, and while we are focused on building up the service in Falkirk Community Hospital we are working towards being able to provide the service more locally in communities throughout the area.”

One client who uses the service said: “I have arthritis in my legs and hands, and suffer back pain. This makes toenail cutting nigh on impossible at times. This service has enabled me to walk comfortably, as well as avoiding ingrown toenails.”

To book an appointment call (01324) 692001.