How to become a Foot Health Practitioner

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Foot health practitioners (FHPs) provide routine foot care and treat a range of conditions, including corns, bunions, verrucas, ingrown toenails, hammer toe, fungal infections and diabetic foot. Some FHPs also offer pedicures, foot massage and related complementary treatment or therapies, and most provide advice and guidance on footwear and other foot-related issues.

FHPs generally practise from a home base or a clinic shared with related healthcare professionals, and many also visit patients in their own homes to provide treatments. The majority of patients approach FHPs directly and 'self-refer'. However, there are a number of other sources of work for FHPs, including residential care homes, nursing homes, charities and chiropody/podiatry clinics.

FHPs are not statutorily regulated in the UK, although voluntary registration on the Accredited Register of Foot Health Practitioners demonstrates a practitioner's qualifications, training and professional standards.

FHPs are distinct from podiatrists/chiropodists, who are allied health professionals (AHPs) who diagnose and treat the feet and lower limbs and are subject to statutory regulation. See BOP162, Podiatrist/Chiropodist, for more information.

This profile provides information about starting up and practising as an FHP. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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