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Bury St Edmunds podiatrist bids farewell to thousands of clients after nearly 30 years

A popular podiatrist who has tended to thousands of people for almost 30 years is set to retire.

Caroline Barwick-Walters, who runs Best Foot Forward, based at Bury Physio in Maynewater Lane, Bury St Edmunds, will be stepping down on December 6.

Caroline is known to generations of people after first setting up in the town in 1995.

Caroline Barwick-Walters at her clinic. Picture: Mecha Morton
Caroline Barwick-Walters at her clinic. Picture: Mecha Morton

But she says the ‘time is right’ to move on to retirement, starting with a two month trip.

“I am going to visit seven countries including Singapore, Fiji, New Zealand, where I am meeting my son, Australia, Hawaii and America,” said Caroline, 66, who lives in Moreton Hall.

“I have always loved travel and went backpacking around 10 countries for my 60th birthday. The latest trip will involve lots of activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping, a road trip, paragliding, flying, paddle boarding and helicopters.

“Before I leave, I am also holding a party for some of the people who have been loyal clients over the years. There will be Champagne and cake. It will be amazing and a great way to start my retirement.”

Caroline trained as a podiatrist after first working a hotel manager. She then ran practices at several locations in the town including Abbeygate Street, West Road and Moreton Hall.

“I have got to know so many people through my work and the people of Bury St Edmunds have been incredible,” said Caroline, who has two grown up children.

“They have supported me all along and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone.

“I’ve treated some of them right from the beginning, as well as generations of the same families, from grandparents to grandchildren. Currently I have around 3,500 on my books, and I will miss them all.”

Caroline is an expert in all fields of podiatry but intends to step back from the practice for good.

Instead, she wants to concentrate on her hobbies including crochet, painting, DIY, gardening, walking and concert-going