About Us

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The Foot and Lower Limb Clinic was established in 2007 by Dee Smith, and now has more than 4,500 patients. In September 2016, Dee Smith and Sarah Spiliotis formed a partnership and created Holme Valley Podiatry located in Holmfirth, offering the same professional service.

Dee Smith MSc Clinical Biomechanics, BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Dee was born in Namibia and lived in South Africa until the age of 21. She is married with one daughter. Her early career started as a marketing assistant, later to finish as a marketing manager for a blue-chip company in Leeds.

After having her daughter, she qualified as a mature student from Huddersfield University with a BSc (Honours) degree in Podiatry in 2005.

Dee worked in the NHS for 5 years and as a paediatric and biomechanics specialist Podiatirst, and started the Foot and Lower Limb Clinic in 2007. Having gained a wide variety of experience, she was able to build and develop an established practice serving the local area.

In 2016, Dee obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Biomechanics from Staffordshire University, staying at the forefront of the latest research and embracing evidence based practice to benefit her patients.

Dee has extended her scope of practice to include Sports Massage, Acupuncture Joint Mobilisation and Shockwave Therapy to enable her to treat Sports Injuries too.

Dee is a regular guest on the BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast show, hosted by Richard Stead, where she gives professional advice to the listeners.

Madiha Ahmed BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Madiha qualified in 2015 from Huddersfield University. Having worked in the NHS and private sector, Madiha has worked with a variety of healthcare practitioners dealing with a cross section of pathologies and case loads. Madiha is married with 2 children and has worked at the clinic since 2018 but has been on maternity leave until recently. Welcome back Madiha.

Continual Professional Development

To ensure all Associates attain their professional registration with the Health Care Professions Council, we are audited on a bi-annual basis and have to prove our worth by attending regular medical courses and reading research to ensure best practice.

We have empathy

As a keen sports person herself having completed various half and full marathons and even representing Namibia in sprint events, Dee knows how it feels to be injured and out of action. So be proactive, not inactive and have your gait and foot function analysed. It is the first point of contact with the ground and has to maintain and manoeuvre your entire body weight.

Having worked in community and hospital settings, Dee has experienced working with different health professional groups  and a broad spectrum of patients. This multi-disciplinary holistic patient-centred approach to treatment is continued in the clinic, referring to other professions when the patient will benefit from this.

All the staff at the clinic have excellent people skills, and have the ability to put patients at their ease and quickly build up relationships to understand and address the patients ’needs and so deliver a high standard of care

We are passionate about our patients’, and keep one step ahead to offer you the best treatment and advice.