Emma Supple

Creative Clinical Director and Consultant Podiatrist

Fellow of the Royal College of Podiatrists in both Podiatric Surgery and  Podiatric Medicine .

FRCPodS, FRCPodMed, FFPM RCPS  (Glasg), DPodM, PGDip (Pod)

Elected Member of Council for twenty something years and finally retiring in July 2021 with Royal College status  completed.

 Visitor Podiatry Partner with HCPC.  

Trustee of Arch Support 

 Emma Supple : foot specialist, mother of three, writer, inventor, the creator of Supplefeet.com.

Inventor of  SuppleArches (Full British patent. European Patent granted) It is a very long story that included USA patent applications, Australia and Canada  and One Day my book, lecture tours  and certain success will explain all!

Inventor of "Central Band Mechanics", "Perfect heel height" and

The Supple London  Moisturising Mineral Foot Cream for supple soft feet .  

Supplefeet is my vision for chiropody &  podiatry clinics and services. 

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.

 

 

I am not an ordinary clinician:

  • Inventing my own insoles
  • Creating my own foot cream,
  • Coining the   phrase "Perfect heel height"
  • Creating the original medical Pedicure - the PodPed TM.
  • Collaborating on the design and genius of Yoga sandals
  • Parliamentary speech and work on #highheelsatwork
Some history about me and my career to date.

Trained as a Podiatrist in Durham, New College.

I initially worked as a  podiatrist in central London. My first NHS Senior 2  role was in Harlow and then rapidly moved to Pimlico the Bessborough 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 an NHS 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.  We think that I  was the first woman to hold a substantive Consultant post in the NHS in Orthopaedics as a Podiatric Surgeon. 

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 been re-elected back onto Council of the College of Podiatry for many terms.   Most recently an elected  Vice-President of the College of Podiatry until we voted to abolish this role as we moved to Royal College status. My time on Council comes to an end this summer 2021.

I have many fond memories of my years on Council. It has been a privilege and an honour to represent my profession through many changes to the modern profession we see today and a bright future as a Royal College.  In my time on Council I organised two annual conferences in London and Nottingham. One memorable moment  was a dinner and dance 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! 

Masters Surgeon accreditation in Detroit USA in the sub talar joint arthroeresis with  Dr Michael Graham DPM with first hand experience of the procedure as I have my right foot corrected. Twelve  years plus at least now  in and still  going fine.  ( I am often contacted via Ask Miss Supple online to check on this.) Hyprocure by Gramedica

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.  Emma Supple Interview Meet the Masters    These interviews were and are  a goldmine of  podiatric information.     

Supple Arches

I am a proven innovative clinician with an international patent for my revolutionary invention of  Central Band Mechanic insoles, The SuppleArches TM, formerly marketed in the USA  by TriStar who got the concept and named them  Comfiheels . However the much promised  roll out was never achieved and so I retook control and renamed  them Supple Arches.  These are truly great ( I would say that) and I regularly lose them from my own shoes to ease someone elses foot discomfort! The road to global success has been bumpy but we will get there. 

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! Much work still to be done with these and currently working on a 3D printing app which is very exciting. They need to be an integral part of Supple London shoes. 

Perfect Heel Height

I love words and phrases and I coined the term "perfect heel height" to aid optimal shoe choices. As a dedicated high heel wearer myself I have  limited patience with my (often male) colleagues decrying the use of heels. 

Ballet World

Our eldest daughter is a budding ballerina and has made us officially Ballet parents.  She turned down The Royal Ballet school aged 11 (chose to attend a local grammar school instead. )  She is now in her final year at Central School of Ballet, London  BA Hons degree course. My interest and expertise is ever increasing in this all important field of work.   Through her and my youngest who also Dances  -and plays Rugby - we have attended ballet competitions and festivals etc and learnt so much.

Media.  Embarassing Bodies and Live from the Clinic, Channel 4 and much more

I am regularly asked to comment on the role of Podiatrists and all matters Feet in the Media.  I have been on the sofa at Breakast TV both BBC and ITV. Two visits to the Woman's Hour Studio at BBC House.  Been on BBC World service and featured as the foot expert in Embarassing Bodies and Ten Years Younger.   I  introduced the nation to the term "windswept bunions." The video of me treating a chaps corn on Embarassing Bodies 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 thankfully the  cameras had stopped rolling! 

Newspapers, magazines, social media all manner of local, national and sometimes global work. My work on how much does  foot surgery cost ended up being reported on as far afield as Argentina.

HCPC

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). Today I am a HCPC Visitor which is the role of working in partnership with academics to validate and scrutinise Podiatry courses.

Parliament and the Right to wear High Heels- or Flats as you choose.

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. Even and including page 3 of The Sun!

 I was delighted to witness the High heels and work place dress code revisted in 2016  take place in Porticullis House  instigated by  the fearless 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. 

In  2019 I was invited back onto Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4 to talk about the rise of use of "Comfortable shoes." Chatting with Jenni Murray and Victoria Moss, the Daily Telegraph fashion editor was fun. Makes a pleasing   change from the many ways we choose to wear uncomfortable shoes and talking about what  ways to make shoes more comfortable!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00021qc 

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.  Yoga Sandals

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. 

Please do let us know how we are helping you with your feet journey. 

With Best wishes  

Emma Supple

 

Lucy & me

Annie

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