A GRADUATE is taking her first steps to success with a new business venture.

State-registered chiropodist Laura McNamee will be caring for feet at the Podology clinic in Saltburn.

The 24-year-old, from Skelton, is offering a full range of medical treatments.

Therapy ranges from general foot-care advice and the management of corns, calluses and verrucae through to bio-mechanical assessment, diabetic foot-care, vascular investigation and the fitting of shoe orthoses.

Podology, a podiatry and chiropody clinic on Milton Street, was launched at the weekend by Laura, a BSc podiatry graduate, who has experience working in the NHS and private practice.

She said: "Opening my own clinic seemed the natural step to take, I've had a huge amount of interest already. The image of chiropody is gradually changing and people of all ages are increasingly aware that they need to look after their feet."

Anyone interested can contact Laura on (01287) 622280.