Foot Health Services

As a qualified Foot Health Practitioner, in addition to cutting nails, I can remove callus areas and provide support, advice and guidance in a basic foot care appointment, even where there are conditions which would prevent a pedicure.
In 2020 during lockdown I started studying to add Podiatry to the services I can offer. I am due to complete that training in 2023. I am currently a student member of the Royal College of Podiatry and subject to their standards of conduct. When I qualify, I will become HCPC registered, and also subject to all their standards of care and behaviour. As a student, even though not yet on their register, I am still subject to their standards, available here

Anyone needing help to look after their feet can access my services where they may not qualify for NHS Podiatry services to simply cut nails and keep a check on the health of their feet. This could include people who cannot reach their feet, or those with stable diabetes for example who prefer the security of having someone with some training to check their feet. Initially, I recommend 8 weeks between appointment and review after the 2nd appointment depending on how the feet and nails are at that point.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do check feet daily. Use a mirror if you cannot get down to check the soles of the feet.
Do wash feet daily and ensure between toes are dry. Try standing on a towel and pulling up between toes, or use some toilet roll for 10 seconds between toes to ensure they are completely dry then remove and flush.
Do wear something on your feet at all times to prevent injury.
Do get your feet measured at least annually. Both feet are not the same size, and their shape does change over time. There is length, width and height to consider in footwear. If either dimension is too small or too large, your feet will suffer.
Do wear socks or tights to help the natural sweat everyone has to escape away from the shoes and feet.
Do change footwear to allow shoes to properly dry out. Ideally, alternate between a couple of pairs, but if that is not possible, for example, needing to wear safety boots, only wear them at work & change when work is finished for the day.
Do moisturise feet daily.
Don’t walk about barefoot, especially if the feeling in your feet is not good. Injuries are easy to get, but can be painful and difficult to heal.
Don’t wear shoes that squash your toes, or that your feet can slide in as you walk as this will cause callus hard skin and corns.
Don’t wear the same shoes constantly as inside will become damp which is the ideal place for fungus to develop on your feet.
Don’t try cutting hard skin with a craft-knife or a cheese grater.
Don’t put moisturiser between your toes as the skin can macerate and split.
Don’t use chemicals on your feet to treat a verruca for example if you are diabetic.

Verrucas

A verruca is a virus which is attacking the top layer of your skin. Nothing a doctor or podiatrist can give you will treat that virus. Your own body’s immune system has to attack it. All medicine can do is to create an injury to the area to trigger that immune system response. Try sanding it as far as possible with a nail file to create the injury and painting it with clear nail polish to protect the area and stop further transmission. Repeat every 2-3 days.

Basic Foot Care Service

Basic foot and nail care appointments allow for 2 hours initially, then up to an hour depending on the condition of the feet at subsequent appointments.
The first appointment will include a detailed medical and social history to ensure your safety. Your feet will then be reviewed and I will tell you what I propose to do to them for you. If you are happy for me to proceed I will then cut and clean nails and remove any callus as appropriate. I can provide some basic padding of the feet if the need is there. If there is anything which causes me concern, I will recommend you contact your GP to request a referral to the NHS Podiatry team with the reason why.

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