About Us

Meet Our Team Of Highly Trained Professionals

Our Story

The clinic opened its doors in 2017 and has since grown to become one of the UK’s leading specialists in musculoskeletal / biomechanical and sports podiatry. This has been recognised in our collection of awards from Mindset Mastery 2019, Team of the year 2020 and Practice of the year 2020 .

Our focus is not just on treating foot and leg problems, but on helping you achieve a better quality of health, giving you your life back. With our help, you can regain the health and confidence to move, enjoy, grow and do more of what you love.

The team at Footfocus Podiatry has grown too, bringing in new podiatrists with a wide range of experience and expertise. Our expansion means we can give our clients the highest quality of care and proactive, preventative treatment possible.

We don’t believe in sitting on our laurels and being happy with ‘good service’. We know that you need and expect only the very best from your healthcare. Our podiatrists are constantly learning new techniques, up-skilling in new areas and investing in state-of-the-art technology so that we can give you the world-class service you deserve.

Our Team

Meet our highly trained award winning team of professionals. Click on their names to read a bit more about them.

When It All Started

Footfocus Podiatry was founded by a podiatrist and sports-enthusiast, Aengus Shanahan. After suffering a brain tumour in 2007, Aengus started to research and re-evaluate his approach to health, diet, wellbeing and lifestyle choices.

Aengus opted to have surgery in Barcelona after meeting a team who showed a great deal of care and skill, as well as a holistic and comprehensive attitude to his health and wellbeing. The result of this experience has focused his passion, drive and determination to provide the very best level of service and care he can provide, from the ground up.

Impacting his own work as a podiatrist and the way he helped his clients, Aengus started to craft a more integrated approach to health, starting from the feet up. Hence why Footfocus Podiatry was founded.

“Our mission is to help re-shape the way Podiatry and healthcare in general is experienced and delivered. No more accepting that it’s just the way you are. It doesn’t have to be that way and we are 100% focused to help our patients see the same vision in whatever way we possibly can”

Aengus Shanahan

At Footfocus Podiatry, we help anyone who has a foot issue. More specifically, we help people who want to improve their overall health and wellbeing or live a happier, healthier life. We are committed to being the best podiatry service we can be, for you.

We’re proud to invest in your experience as a patient, the treatments you can receive and the way you feel working with us. We firmly believe that good health starts from the feet up, and by ensuring your body has a solid foundation, you can live your life pain-free.

Thanks to our ‘feet up’ approach, many of our customers have experienced a new lease of life, achieved new goals and gone on to enjoy life to the fullest.

Weekly, we diagnose, effectively treat and discharge patients with unnecessary foot problems, allowing them to enjoy walks, show off their feet and holiday with their families again.

We also manage more life-threatening problems caused by diabetes, vascular disease and Rheumatoid arthritis, referring our patients to the appropriate specialist when required.

Our customers range from men, women and children who are in pain, to sports professionals who need support with recovering from and preventing injuries, or those who simply want to make sure their feet and legs are the best they can be.

Aengus Shanahan

Specialist Msk Specialist Podiatrist and Director

Founder

BSc (Hons) in Sports Science

Further studies in Pharmacology and Clinical Biomechanics

Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatrist

Looking after feet may not be the ambition of many young boys. And in fact, it wasn’t mine! Like many of my friends, I wanted to be a fireman or a paramedic.

As I grew older, I became interested in physiotherapy, and specifically, seeing the results and smiles on people’s faces post-treatment.

After some years of playing rugby and studying sports science at university, my fascination went deeper and I discovered an undeniable passion for understanding human movement.

This was further enhanced while working as a custom ski boot fitter in France. I became interested in the complexity of the foot. And, when seeing the importance and impact of foot health on people’s lives, I knew that I wanted to study podiatry.

I am passionate about helping people become free from pain and I feel that helping patients from the foot up is one of the most satisfying and worthwhile things I can do.

I studied for my undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University and undertook Masters Studies in Pharmacology, before furthering my studies in Clinical Biomechanics at Brighton University.

I enjoyed four years working for the NHS in the Midlands and the specialist Biomechanics Department for Dorset NHS. My role was to assess and treat people who were referred by their GP, extended scope practitioner and/or surgeon for lower limb pain.

But life isn’t all about work of course — as much as I do love my work. I make sure I maintain a work/life balance as much as possible. I also love rugby and would happily talk about it with anyone. What I love about it are its values: Respect, dignity and courage.

I also like to play the guitar. Not sure if my talent is considered dignified or courageous, but it gives me great enjoyment nonetheless!

Some fun trivia: I was the Olympic 2012 torchbearer for a whole 300m! You’ll find something special relating to the occasion in the clinic when you visit.

Steve Cowen

Podiatrist - Special Interest Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury

Hello,

I am absolutely delighted and excited to be the newest member of an inspiring, likeminded and cutting-edge team at Foot Focus Podiatry.

Before joining Foot Focus and embarking on a career in Podiatry, I worked as a ski boot fitter and running specialist in New Zealand, Australia, France and the UK. I have always had a fascination and interest in human movement and been an actively outdoorsy and sporty person. The foot and ankle complex is an amazing bit of bioengineering and I have always felt I could do more to help improve the quality of people’s lives and achieve their goals.

I graduated from the University of Southampton July 2018 with a first-class honours’ degree.

Podiatry has enabled me to interact with the local community and help others stay fit, active and healthy. There is nothing more rewarding than helping others achieve their goals and walk pain free whether you are a seasoned ultra-athlete or want to walk the dog pain free.

You will mostly find me outdoors, climbing, running, cycling or snowboarding and hiking in the mountains. In addition, I have just signed up to Winchester triathlon in May!! It will be my first triathlon so watch this space for my monthly blog for helpful little hints and tips to avoid injuries and keep moving!

I also play bass guitar in a function/party band at the weekends.

Amy Mitchell

Podiatry Assistant

Part-time Receptionist and soon to be qualified Podiatry Assistant

I am very proud to be part of our professional, fun and forward thinking team. I love to provide a helpful and friendly service behind our reception desk and I am always happy to help with any questions and ensure anyone visiting us has a positive and friendly experience.

 While enjoying all aspects of my role, I have developed a special interest in treating feet! I feel very lucky to have been given the amazing opportunity to develop my learning and career further and train as a Podiatry assistant to make an even greater positive difference in peoples foot health and lives.

In my spare time I like to keep busy spending time with my family, walking and family days out. I also enjoy some ‘me time’ by practicing yoga, running and reading.

Lauren Baker

Clinic Manager

I really enjoy being part of the friendly Footfocus Podiatry team. I have a real passion for all aspects of health and wellbeing, and wholeheartedly agree with the rest of the team – we can all enhance our lives by looking after our minds and our bodies.

I work behind the reception desk at Footfocus, meeting and helping our patients with questions and anything they need. I make it a priority to be as informed as I can so that I may answer as many of their questions as possible.

I get lots of pleasure in helping to make the clinic run smoothly and ensuring it’s a bright and friendly place to visit.

My family and I moved to the New Forest from London a few years ago and I haven’t looked back. I love being out in the beautiful countryside – either walking, running or cycling in the forest or along the beach is my happy place to be! I’m also really passionate about yoga, music, cooking and expanding my knowledge of anything to do with health and wellness.

Rebecca Shanahan

Sports Physiotherapist

“Hello! Im Rebecca. Having been part of Footfocus Podiatry working behind the scenes as Aengus’s Wife I am delighted to be part of this enthusiastic, committed and fun team. It is important to me that what I do is purposeful, has meaning and makes a difference which is why I am proud to be part of Footfocus’s vision to provide complete health from the ground up. I believe in what we provide and am excited and motivated to be a part of this effective and tight team.”

Having continuously worked with athletes in Olympic Skiing, International rugby and Olympic weightlifting Rebecca has a wealth of knowledge and experience which can be regarded as truly world class.

In her free time Rebecca enjoys mark making, playing Saxophone and walking her dog, Ollie.

Ben Blake

Podiatrist with Special Interest in Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatry

Hello! I’m Ben and I’m the newest member of the Footfocus Team. When thinking about my professional aspirations when I was younger, I knew I wanted a career that would encourage me to engage my brain, provide an appetite for learning and improving, and most of all interact with people. A couple of days spent shadowing a family friend in an NHS Paediatric Orthotist role introduced me to the world of Podiatry and I was able to discover a number of avenues that I could pursue within this seemingly niche field.

I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2016 and took up an NHS role in my native Portsmouth for two years, before moving to a primarily MSK-based role for Southern Health for a further three and am excited to now be joining a dynamic and evolving team.

I will bring my enthusiasm and passion to the Footfocus team; from returning you to your hobbies to resolving an unsightly fungal nail, I take great pride in what I do and find enjoyment across a wide range of Podiatry treatments.

When I’m not working, I can normally be found on a football field; I’ve played since I was six and while I’ve accepted that maybe the Premier League dream has died, I still get a kick out of the beautiful game twenty years on. When not battling against the opponent’s target man, I’m constantly on the lookout for exciting new recipes, roaming the local coastline and listening to music.