Chiropody – Footcare Bookham

Footcare at Fine Fettle

What is a Foot health Professional (FHP)?

Today a Foot Health Professional (FHP), keeps peoples feet healthy and gives advice on day-to-day foot care to ensure they are well kept into old age. As people are living longer today, more care is required to keep feet healthy and comfortable.

What does a FHP do?

A FHP can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They can also treat and alleviate day to day foot problems including: toenail problems such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails, corns and calluses.

The benefits of Foot Health?

A visit to an FHP who has the expertise and the right equipment can ensure your feet don’t suffer with problems in the future. The one area we often neglect is our feet, stuck in shoes all-day and often covered by socks or tights they seem to get forgotten often until a problem occurs, like teeth though, having a regular check-up can keep feet healthy and prevent a lot of potential problems from developing.

The High Risk Foot

I cannot stress the importance of Diabetic patients checking their feet regularly, especially if you are known to have neuropathy (lack of feeling). A FHP can treat High Risk patients and get a good over- all view of the foot, if the patient is limited with accessing their feet (struggles with mobility) a FHP could be able to find or see maybe something that the patient has missed or could not see. A FHP cannot treat an infection on the Foot but can make the correct referrals for what is important to do next.

What Qualifications does a FHP have?

A FHP needs to have completed a Diploma through a specialist Foot Health College or a similar equivalent earned through the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

Once a Diploma is completed you have eligibility for membership of the College of Foot Health Professionals (MCFHP)and membership of The British Association of Foot Health professionals