Forth Valley Top Toes provides a personal toenail clipping service to people over the age of 50 who have no underlying medical conditions but are unable to cut their own toenails.
Age Concern became aware of a growing problem amongst their elderly clients with regard to the difficulty of cutting their own toenails, and the many problems they faced as a result. This was also reflected in the Scottish governments own research where a number of nationwide pilots were conducted.
Clients receive toenail clipping every 6-10 weeks and are given a basic foot care check by an NHS Trained Personal Footcare Volunteer. FVTT only offer basic nail clipping, and cannot treat corns, bunions, fungal infections or ingrowing toenails. All their Personal Footcare Volunteers have been trained by NHS Forth Valley podiatry team and have learned the skills to carry out basic foot assessments, nail clipping, filing and give foot care advice.
Although still in its infancy and running as a project the aim is for Forth Valley Top Toes to become a fully constituted social enterprise by April 2016. Demand for the service has increased month on month and there are now clinics operating in Falkirk and Bonnybridge, with clinics in Bo'ness and Polmont opening soon.