What is a Foot Health Practitioner?
Foot Health Practitioners (FHP’s) are trained to recognise and treat all the common conditions that affect the foot and deliver routine foot care wherever it is needed. They work to ensure your feet stay in a healthy condition by recognising and treating any foot conditions as well as providing advice on day to day foot care.
Treatments range from routine nail trimming, corn removal, callus reduction, verrucae, warts and blister treatments, athletes foot, management of ingrown toenails (without invasive surgery), diabetic foot assessment and monitoring, treatment of fungal infections, and general advice and guidance on foot care and footwear.
Most FHP’s offer mobile care and may visit individual patients in their own homes, rest homes and nursing homes, or visit places of work for the benefit of employees.
FHP’s do not perform any invasive techniques which require a local anaesthetic or any injections and they cannot give out prescribed medication or undertake advanced needling techniques. These practices fall under the responsibility of a Podiatrist or Chiropodist.
“Many people need simple foot care to maintain mobility and quality of life”
Did you know?
• Each foot contains 26 bones and more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons.
• Your feet contain more than a quarter of all the bones in your body.
• The skin on your feet has more than 7,000 nerve endings.
• There are more than 125,000 sweat glands on each foot, more than anywhere else in the body.
• Your feet produce an eggcup’s worth of sweat each day.
• Women are 4 times more likely to have foot problems than men, mainly due to footwear.
"I believe the feet to be the most neglected part of the body and in turn they can suffer a great number of problems"
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