SoHi Podiatry opens in Bowral

Highlands health: Podiatrist Alexandra Viles looks forward to establishing a "health hub" in her home town. Photo: Victoria Lee

Highlands health: Podiatrist Alexandra Viles looks forward to establishing a "health hub" in her home town. Photo: Victoria Lee

Podiatrist Alexandra Viles is stepping toward a new wellness practice, one foot at a time.

After eight years in the industry, the Bowral woman has branched out on her own and opened a podiatry clinic in Bowral Street.

SoHi Podiatry is situated in a newly renovated and brightly decorated three-bedroom house, and will eventually offer a range of health care services for Highlanders.

“I aim that it will be a wellness centre, with two of the rooms to be leased to other health professionals,” she said.

Ms Viles said her passion for podiatry was a chance finding.

“I always knew I wanted to work in health, and I really enjoy working with people. I love hearing their stories and helping them,” she said.

Ms Viles recommended a check up every twelve months to ensure foot health, and check blood flow and nerve supply.

“We check there’s no areas of pressure that could cause issues later and ensure the foot functions properly. Prevention is always better than a cure – we look at everything from the hips down,” she said.

She said SoHi Podiatry welcomed all patients.

“We’ll see everyone, whether it’s sport, surgical, children, athletes, seniors – we’re not fussy, I really like what I do,” she said.

Director and treasurer of the Australian Podiatry Board Association of NSW, Ms Viles enjoys being actively involved in her field.

“I also co-ordinate a clinic in the city that’s run out of the Matthew Talbot Hostel, and it offers free services to homeless men,” she said.

“I’m also a clinical educator at Western Sydney University.”

With a wedding in December, Ms Viles is keen to establishing her clinic and wellness practice as she sets up her future in the Southern Highlands.

“Stephen and I are really excited to be staying in the area,” she said.

After hours and weekend appointments are available by request.

“We have plenty of parking available and accessible ramps both front and back.”

SoHi Podiatry is located at 45 Bowral Street, in Bowral. For information call 4861 6113.

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