Creative Clinical Director and Consultant Podiatrist
Fellow of the College of Podiatrists in both Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Medicine of the College of Podiatry. FCPodS, FCPodMed, FFPM RCPS (Glasg), DPodM, PGDip (Pod)
Emma Supple : foot specialist, mother of three, writer, inventor, the creator of Supplefeet.com.
Inventor of SuppleArches (Full British patent. European Patent granted in France and Germany. And rolling out internationally) Central Band Mechanics, "Perfect heel height" and Supple London Moisturising Mineral Foot Cream for supple soft feet .
Supplefeet is my vision on how chiropody & podiatry clinics and services should be; High quality, innovative and all- encompassing Supple footcare and Suppletherapy services. A podiatry practice where clinicians and other professionals in the Supple Clinical team work together for greatest benefit to the client.
Inventing my own insoles, creating my own foot cream, coining the phrase "Perfect heel height" and creating the original medical Pedicure - the PodPed TM. I have realised that is not the "normal" path of a clinician!
This year - 2017 - marks the 31 years since I started at Durham New College to train to "be a chiropodist!". That is a long time ago and I completed my training in podiatry at New College Durham having a great time back in the day!
I initially worked as a chiropodist and podiatrist in central London. My first Senior 2 Chiropodist role was Harlow and then rapidly moved to Pimlico the Bessborough NHS clinic. My days of doing home visits around the Churchill Gardens Estate on foot carrying my Mothercare box were formative. At that time I had an extra job as family planning clinic clerk that meant a whole new world of chaperoning and working with very different clinical groups.
Whilst I was working for Riverside NHS Trust I was involved in caring for the young men affected by AIDS. It was a dreadfully sad time and I was honoured to meet, treat and befriend several of these men on the 6th floor of Westminster Hospitial. My time there also saw my interest and passion for Podiatric Rheumatology take hold and working with Mr Graham Lavis, Podiatric Surgeon, I started my interest in Podiatric Surgery.
I then worked for Enfield Primary Care Trust for over a decade as an Extended Scope Practitioner in Podiatry for the NHS. I held a Consultant Podiatrist ( p/t) post at Chase Farm Hospital within the Trauma & Orthopaedic Directorate from 2005 to 2013.
My Fellowship in Podiatric surgery studying was at West Middlesex University Hospital for three years. This training included residencies in the USA, where I worked as a podiatrist in Chicago at the Weil Institute with Dr Lowell Weil Snr and his wonderful team and then completed a surgical residency in Detroit. I have treasured USA friends from my training then especially Dr Lisa Schone DPM, Chicago.
I have been re-elected back onto Council for the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists and the College of Podiatry.
Currently I have been elected to one of the four Vice-Presidents of the College.
Previously in my time on Council I organised two annual conferences in London and Nottingham. Highlights was a boat trip on the Dixie Queen sailing under Tower Bridge ; my new born baby son was away from me - the bridge was raised and David Blaine was hanging out in a glass box!
I am regularly asked to comment on the PR representation for television, radio and national media. This has seen me comment on all manner of foot related issues including the - Does my Bottom look big in these shoes story Daily Mail 2017. Yes - we look at the whole lower limb structure.
Masters Surgeon accreditation in Detroit USA in the sub talar joint arthroeresis with friend and colleague Dr Michael Graham DPM with first hand experience of the procedure as I have my right foot corrected. Ten years plus in and still going fine. ( I am often contacted via Ask Miss Supple online to check on this.)
I am the first and - so far - only British Podiatrist to be interviewed on the USA Podiatric Meet the Masters run by the indomitable Master Podiatrist Dr Bret Ribotsky DPM. www.podiatricsuccess.com . These interviews are a goldmine of podiatric information.
I am a proven innovative clinician with an international patent for my revolutionary invention of Central Band Mechanic insoles, SuppleArches TM, now being (USA marketed by TriStar as Comfiheels) . These are truly great ( I would say that) and I regularly lose them from my own shoes to ease someone elses foot discomfort! I even lost a prototype pair to my then 10 year old son who had put them into his football boots - "because they make me shoot better!" So in honour of him when they are worn in sports shoes we refer to them as "Shooting insoles." In my whole career to date I have never seen anything like them and they are constantly jumping from my shoes to rescue yet another painful pair of feet!
I coined the term "perfect heel height" to aid optimal shoe choices. As a dedicated high heel wearer herself I have limited patience with my (often male) colleagues decrying the use of heels.
Our eldest daughter is a budding ballerina and has made us officially Ballet parents. Therefore my interest and expertise is increasing as I learn more about the huge demands on dancers feet and the glory of strong dancing feet.
I have been the foot expert on Embarassing Bodies and Live from the Clinic, Channel 4; where I introduced the nation to the term "windswept bunions." The video of me treating a chaps corn was viewed on YouTube some 250k times! What was not filmed was even funnier as he was needle phobic, threw up and fell off the couch - he was fine and all was well, but the cameras had stopped rolling!
For over a decade I sat on the fitness to practice panels as a Professional Partner with the Health and Social Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Even Parliament has experienced the Supple effect with a speech I made to the Parliamentary Health & Safety committee in 2009 where I highlighted the issues around working feet and women being compelled to wear high heels for work. Clearly no-one had even stopped to think that work shoes did not always mean steel toe capped boots! The TUC took this up and it was debated at a national level. It generated a huge amount of media attention and foot comfort and height of heel must now be taken into account. Something I am immensely proud of. I was delighted to witness the High heels and work placed dress code take place in Porticullis House at the end of 2016 by Nicola Thorp. Debating institutionalised sexism and all its manifestations. #highheelsatwork
And my delight at the Parliamentary debate on 6th March 2017 with the Minister for Women and Equalties, Caroline Dineage MP who marvellously stated " We are putting our Collective Foot Down!" Fantastic. the debate is ongoing and is in our clinics but so much further since 2009 when even fashion had declared war on womens feet with "Killer heels" and "Gladiator" sandals.
Plans for the future include the rolling out of more Supplefeet clinics. Global distribution of the SuppleArches and Supple London products and more lecturing.
We are also huge advocates of the wonderful Yoga Sandals as I really regard these as an essential part of making feet stronger and healthier. They make a huge difference to those of us who wear them !
My vision and aim is that we as a Supplefeet team can contribute to your well being, your foot health and in the process enjoy taking care of you and your needs. Do let us know how we are helping you with your feet journey.
With Best wishes