Age UK Derby and Derbyshire runs Tootsies in many areas of Derbyshire, using fully trained volunteers to carry out footcare for people who don’t need full foot health care from a podiatrist but would benefit from basic treatment or advice.
Clients are currently charged £12 per treatment which is due to go up to £13 – the first price rise since the project began five years ago. Private treatment would cost around £18-£20 for nail cutting.
Councillor Allen said: “By working with Age UK Derby and Derbyshire we’re able to offer an affordable service to people who need basic help with their feet.
“It’s a friendly service which offers help with toenails, skincare and advice and is very well liked by users. We’re very proud to be able to continue helping fund it, despite the major cutbacks in grants from the Government and the squeeze on our budget from increased pressures on services.”He added: “Keeping people mobile and pain free as long as possible is part of Derbyshire County Council’s drive to keep people healthy, safe and well.”
Tootsies operates across Derbyshire, including: Alfreton, Belper, Bolsover, Buxton, Chesterfield, Clowne, Glossop, Heanor, Ilkeston, Ironville, Ripley, Shirebrook, Staveley and Swadlincote.
Chief Executive of Age UK Derby and Derbyshire Katy Pugh said: “Footcare seems such a simple thing but when you can no longer manage it yourself it can become a big and expensive problem which affects your self-esteem, mobility and wellbeing and can become an added burden for carers. Our customers tell us Tootsies is great and we are thrilled that Derbyshire County Council is supporting us to continue”
For further details of the service contact Age UK Derby and Derbyshire on 01773 768240.