WHERE MY SKILLS AS A QUALIFIED FOOT HEALTH PRACTITIONER CAN HELP YOU
There is a need for routine maintenance for diabetic patients, patients with arthritic hands, eye troubles, obesity, pregnancy and other debilitating conditions. Many patients will simply have difficulty reaching their feet for routine maintenance – others appreciate the help of a practitioner who they can trust to trim and maintain their nails properly.
As a trained observer, the FHP contributes to the health of their patients by screening and alerting other practitioners to the presence of other possible conditions, including diabetes mellitus, malignancies, ulceration and similar circumstances requiring onward referral. Ethics consistent with the medical professions are held, recognized and respected.
Knowledge of the patient’s medical status is taken into account in order to execute the work safely and cause no medical complication or pain. Hygiene, instrument skills, communication skills and a good measure of dexterity are important to the task, as are record keeping and regular updating. Dressing, padding and offloading skills are essential, as is the ability to manage minor wounds. As a trained Foot Health Practitioners I continually undertake Continuing Professional Development to retain currency, update and expansion of my knowledge.
ACCREDITATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
I am registered with the SAC (Stonebridge Associated College).
l have achieved a Diploma qualification from Stonebridge College.
I have achieved an Accredited Diploma Certificate from Gateway Workshop in Manicure and Pedicure.
I am fully insured for all services.
I am a member of the Accredited RFHP (Register for Foot Health Practitioners).
All equipment used are professionally cleaned to a high standard with the use of an Autoclave, which is regularly serviced.
PODIATRY / CHIROPODY
This is the profession by which disease and pathological conditions are addressed. The podiatrist is capable of taking on those cases requiring specialist leg and foot support that cannot be delivered by the Foot Health Practitioner.
The full skills of a Podiatrist or Chiropodist would be needed and utilised in only a small proportion of the total of presented cases. Some Podiatrists choose to specialise in specific areas such as vascular studies, acute diabetic support and paediatric developmental conditions.
Foot health after care advice;
Wash your feet often – Keep your feet clean by washing them every day in warm soapy water.
Dry your feet well – Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them, especially between the toes which is where fungal infections such as athlete’s foot can develop.
Moisturise and file – Apply moisturising cream all over the foot, except for between the toes. Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file – don’t overdo it though or skin will grow back harder than ever.
Cut toenails carefully – Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toenails.
Limit time wearing high heels – Be shoe savvy. Wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions only, and always wear the right shoes for the job (so no sandals for mountain climbing).
Change your socks often to avoid foot odour – Change your socks daily to keep your feet fresh.
Watch out for foot bugs in communal changing areas – Wear flip-flops to avoid catching athlete’s foot and verruca’s when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools or hotel bathrooms.
Take care with flip flops – You can’t wear flip-flops all the time. They don’t provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain if you wear them too much.
Regular foot health treatments recommended, depending on the condition of your feet. This will be discussed during your consultation.
Prices for a Foot Health Practitioner Service
From 30 minutes to 1 hour