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Billingford business, near Diss, builds on success with relaxing garden cabin





Since building a home-based cabin to treat clients, a foot health practitioner has seen her business get off to a flying start.

The bright, relaxing space, which overlooks Melanie Johnson’s garden was built in the autumn, with the business itself – Foot Clinic at the Yard – initially launched in 2018.

“I started out as a pharmacy dispenser at Boots and my background is medical,” said Mrs Johnson, from Billingford.

Scole, Norfolk, 30/01/2024Melanie Johnson of Foot Clinic at the Yard based in ScolePicture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2024
Scole, Norfolk, 30/01/2024Melanie Johnson of Foot Clinic at the Yard based in ScolePicture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2024

“The interest in health has always been there, and there is a real need for greater foot care.

“I’m also friendly and chatty, which helps because people don’t always know what to expect with foot treatments – and I like to try to put them at ease.

“So, part of the job is about chit chat and making them a cup of tea, and then the services range from trimming ingrown toenails, to hard skin and hot wax treatments for arthritis. I also offer pedicures, but I mainly focus on health rather than the beauty side.

“Feet often get neglected, either because they are tucked away in our shoes or because people can’t reach them due to their age or back issues, so it’s important to have someone who can help.”

Alongside treating foot-related health issues, Mrs Johnson also offers guidance on good footwear and preventative measures, while making referrals to other healthcare professionals where necessary.

Despite her appointment diary being full until mid-March, the 51-year-old has no plans to expand her business at present.

“I’m quite independent and like being my own boss,” she added. “I enjoy being a one-man band and there’s nothing better than seeing a person go from walking in with pain, to feeling pain-free when they leave.

“With issues like an ingrown nail, one hour can make an instant difference, and that’s very rewarding.”

“There is continual learning as well, with new procedures being developed but a lot of the key services stay the same.”

To find out more, go to www.footclinictheyard.co.uk.



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