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FAQ

Welcome to our FAQ section. Here, we address common questions about our services and the role of a Foot Health Professional. This section covers a range of topics, from routine foot care to specific foot conditions and treatments. If you can't find the answer to your question, feel free to reach out to us directly. We're here to assist with all your foot health needs.

  • How does a Foot Health Professional treat corns and calluses?
    An FHP can carefully remove corns and calluses using specialized instruments. They can also provide advice on preventing future corns and calluses, often related to footwear choices and foot care routines.
  • What does routine foot care involve?
    Routine foot care typically includes toenail trimming, treatment of minor skin conditions like dry or cracked skin, removal of corns and calluses, and general foot health checks.
  • What if I need more specialised care ?
    While FHPs can provide a wide range of treatments and advice, they will refer you to a podiatrist or other healthcare professional if your condition requires more specialized care.
  • Can a Foot Health Professional help with foot pain?
    Yes, FHPs can often help with foot pain. They can identify common causes of foot pain such as ill-fitting shoes, corns, calluses, or certain foot deformities, and recommend appropriate treatments or interventions.
  • Can a Foot Health Professional treat bunions?
    FHPs cannot perform surgery to correct bunions, but they can provide advice on footwear and orthotics that may help to alleviate discomfort and slow the progression of the bunion.
  • What treatments can a Foot Health Professional provide for fungal infections like athlete's foot?
    While FHPs cannot prescribe medication, they can recommend over-the-counter treatments for conditions like athlete's foot and provide advice on preventing recurrence.
  • Can a Foot Health Professional provide treatments for plantar fasciitis?
    An FHP can provide advice on exercises, footwear, and over-the-counter devices that may help alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. However, for persistent or severe cases, they may refer you to a podiatrist or physiotherapist.
  • How does a Foot Health Professional treat ingrown toenails?
    An FHP can manage the early stages of an ingrown toenail by carefully trimming the nail and providing advice on preventing recurrence. For severe cases, they will likely refer you to a podiatrist or other medical professional for further treatment.
  • How does a Foot Health Professional differ from a Podiatrist?
    While both professions care for the health of feet, a podiatrist typically has more extensive training and is able to perform surgeries and prescribe medications. An FHP focuses on routine foot care and maintenance, such as nail cutting, corn and callus removal, and advice on foot health.
  • Can a Foot Health Professional treat foot problems in people with diabetes?
    Yes, an FHP is trained to provide foot care for people with diabetes, which includes regular check-ups to ensure healthy circulation, advice on preventive care, and treatment of common conditions like calluses or ulcers.
  • What qualifications should a Foot Health Professional have?
    A qualified Foot Health Professional should have completed a recognized course of study, such as the training offered by The SMAE Institute, and be a member of a professional body like the British Association of Foot Health Professionals (BAFHP).
  • What is a Foot Health Professional (FHP)?
    A Foot Health Professional is a specialist trained to assess, diagnose, and provide routine care and advice for a wide range of foot and lower limb conditions.
  • Does a Foot Health Professional perform surgeries?
    No, FHPs do not perform surgeries. They provide non-invasive treatments and preventive care. If a situation requiring surgery arises, they would refer the patient to a podiatrist or another appropriate medical professional.
  • Do I need a referral to see a Foot Health Professional?
    No, you do not need a referral to see a Foot Health Professional. They are primary care professionals, meaning you can book an appointment directly.
  • How often should I see a Foot Health Professional?
    The frequency of visits depends on your individual foot health needs. Some people benefit from a check-up every six weeks, while others may need to visit more or less frequently. Your FHP can recommend a schedule based on your specific needs.
  • What services does a Foot Health Professional offer?
    A Foot Health Professional offers a variety of services including routine foot care, toenail cutting, removal of corns and calluses, treatment of athlete's foot and verrucas, diabetic foot health assessments, and advice on footwear and foot health.
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