Around one in three people aged over 65 experience a fall each year – meaning in Bexhill and Rother more than 8,500 pensioners are likely to trip over every at least once every 12 months.
Many of these falls, claims Age UK East Sussex, could be avoided with simple, regular foot care and advice on suitable shoes.
Nationally around 400,000 people aged over 65 struggle to cut their own toenails but help is on the horizon for the 25,763 pensioners in Bexhill and the surrounding area.
The Age UK East Sussex Foot Care Service is setting up base at the recently renovated Peterhouse Day Centre where it will offer locals the chance to have their feet looked at on a regular basis.
Professional foot care workers will be available by appointment to cut nails and offer general advice and, for those unable to get to Peterhouse, there are home visits planned.
Anyone living in the Bexhill area who would like to find out more about this service, or to book an appointment, should contact Nonie Harries by calling 01273 476704 or emailing nonie.harries@ageukeast sussex.org.uk.