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Meet The Team
At our main treatment centre in Penylan, Cardiff we have a multi disciplinary practice which includes Physiotherapy, Aromatherapy and Reflexology, as well as a full range of Podiatry treatments.
Our Podiatry services ranges from a simple nail cutting to minor surgical procedures and podiatric surgery consultations.
So that’s what we do, so now let’s introduce ourselves.
David Thomas - Principal Podiatrist
Stephen Coombs - Principal Podiatrist
Jan Davies - Associate Podiatrist
Janine Davis - Practice Manager
Alan Phelan - Associated Podiatrist
Pat Banwell - Receptionist
Vanessa Eedy - Podiatrist
Rhian Croydon - Aromatherapist
Clare Greenwood - Reflexologist
Having Qualified from the Cardiff School of Podiatry in 1990 David Thomas started his first private Practice in Cardiff.
Now with over 20 years experience he has expanded his service and has four treatment centres based in South Wales. Two in Cardiff one in Pontypool and one in Usk. He is about to expand further and will shortly be opening another practice in the Rumney area of Cardiff.
David is also involved in the policy making of Podiatry in Wales in his capacity as the representative for Private Practitioners in Wales on the Wales Forum and The Private Practice Committee of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP). David is also Secretary of the South East Wales Branch of SOCAP.
After qualifying as a podiatrist in 1988, Stephen became interested in musculoskeletal conditions. This interest was initially developed through clinical practice and undertaking an MSc that examined ‘The effects of abnormal sub-talar joint motion and it’s implications within inter-professional practice’. The latter topic was presented at the Podiatric Research Forum. Stephen continued to develop his clinical experience in private practice at ‘The Biomechanics Clinic’ in Cardiff, where he built links with other like minded Heath Professionals who wanted to work in a multi-disciplinary way. These have included Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Chiropodists, Consultants in Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Paediatrics. The Biomechanics Clinic has been established for over 20 years. Stephen is particularly interested in exercise-induced lower limb injuries in both adults and children. This interest has allowed him to treat both professional sports-people and elite child athletes. Throughout his career, he has worked with professional sports clubs including premier league football, rugby union clubs and national squads. He has treated many different professional sports injuries including Ice skaters, ballet professionals, high jumpers as well as the more common sporting overuse injuries seen in football, athletics and rugby. Stephen has worked closely with Cardiff City Academy helping footballers of all ages and has great experience in treating the complexities of the growing athlete.
Stephen has lectured for many different orthotic manufacturing companies and has contributed on the designs of new products. This has led to Stephen sourcing Orthoses from America and Canada for his patients. Stephen and his colleagues believe in Quality and that is why many of the orthoses they use, have lifetime guarantees on the main body of the orthotic shell.
Stephen has supported professional development by presenting at national conferences including Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP) and National Podopaediatrics conferences (see below for his 2016/2017/2018 SOCAP National Conference seminar). Stephen also gave 2 presentations at this year’s Welsh Podiatric Medicine Conference 2018. (See abstract below)
Other work roles: Chairman for the Wales Postgraduate Group of Podiatrists and All Wales Podopaediatrics Group, Professional Lead Podiatrist (Podopaediatrics) in the NHS, visiting lecturer at universities including School of Podiatric studies, UWCM and Welsh Institute of Chiropractor. Member of the Podopaediatric Special Interest Group (PSIG) and organiser of two PSIG conferences.
Abstract from the Wales Podiatric Medicine Conference 2018
“One size does not fit all.” Orthoses used in Podopaediatrics –
Stephen Coombs, Principal Podiatrist, The Biomechanics Clinic, Cardiff.
In the last couple of decades, there has been an increasing number of foot orthoses available to the podiatrist. Patterns of prescribing have changed and prefabricated (off the shelf) orthoses are the main type of devices prescribed for children. The majority of these prefabricated orthoses incorporate features based on the theories of foot function and many were developed from custom-made devices.
However, it is important “that a one size fits all” approach does not become the only option and custom (non-casted/casted) orthoses are often needed when treating some challenging foot problems. A full armoury of orthotic devices (prefabricated, modular and custom) should be considered and a balanced approach to orthotic prescription is required for modern practice.
This presentation discusses prefabricated and custom orthoses. Case studies are used to illustrate the different types of orthoses used.
Abstract From the College of Podiatry Annual Conference 2017
A review of sporting injuries in adolescent footballers
Stephen Coombs,Principal Podiatrist,The Biomechanics Clinic, Cardiff.
Demands on young athletes, especially adolescent footballers considering a career in this area are particularly challenging for both the individual and the podiatrist. The physical and psychological changes that occur between the ages of 13 and 19 years are monumental. All the changes seen in this period of transformation from child to adult need to be considered. When treating this group of adolescents there are usually demands from the parents who have high expectations of their child’s sporting prowess. Podiatry plays an important role in prevention and treatment of football injuries and the role of the podiatrist should not be underestimated.
This presentation reviews the injuries/conditions seen in a podiatry clinic, which treats adolescent footballers. An overview of the multidisciplinary team and the management provided for foot and lower limb conditions will be discussed with case histories to illustrate the various treatment modalities used to aid recovery.
The podiatrist has a significant focal role in the management of these injuries and helps to reinforce the psychology/coping strategies that enable the individual to return to play. Potential rewards of management gained by the football player and the podiatrist will be different but both are likely to gain satisfaction and fulfilment within their respective career.
Abstract from the College of Podiatry Annual Conference 2016
“What happens if…?” Raising the profile raises the expectations of your patients.
Stephen Coombs, Principal Podiatrist, The Biomechanics Clinic, Cardiff.
An increase in the scope of practice in podiatry for foot and gait problems in children has developed over the last decade with the podiatrist often being the first point of contact for children’s musculoskeletal problems. Expectations of the Podopaediatric practitioner have consequently risen and the demands of patients and parents currently exceed those of previous generations of podiatrists.
This presentation discusses atypical podopaediatric case studies that may present in private practice and goes through the scenarios of “What happens if ……….?” The importance of a network of multidisciplinary colleagues is highlighted. Assessment techniques, differential diagnosis, treatment plans, therapies and outcomes for these case studies are provided.
Jan stared working for the Feetness Centres as an Associate in 2014. Jan worked for Powys Health Authority for 20 years, she became a Senior One a year after graduating in 1987. Jan completed an MSc in Health Studiesin 1995. Her main interest is in the field of diabetic footcare. Jan can also offer consultions in Welsh.
I became interested in the field of Podiatry after a relative developed diabetic foot complications. Combining a busy family life and study, I completed an AS level in life and biological sciences at Cardiff and the Vale college and went on to gain an Honors degree in Podiatric medicine at UWIC Cardiff: This included training in both the private sector and NHS podiatry.
Post graduating I have worked within multidisciplinary settings including Run and Become Cardiff, C3 Chiropractic clinic Rhwbina and Performance Physiotherapy Pontypridd. Since 2011 I have built a successful practice based in Roath Cardiff known as Phoenix Podiatry. I have also volunteered at iron man events and helped to organise a Diabetic foot awareness event with Diabetes Cymru, amongst other interests.
It has been a very positive move joining the team at the FEETNESS CENTRES Penylan and I am looking forward to working with colleagues in the future. I enjoy a wide scope of practice including; sports biomechanics and foot mobilization, soft tissue mobilization in the management of plantar fasciitis. I have also completed a training course in Marigold therapy at London’s Great Ormand Street.