Can you tell us about your work?
A typical appointment begins with taking general health history and examining both feet to highlight any problem areas, such as corns, callus, ingrowing toenail, fungal nail, thickening of the nails and more. Treatment begins with a nail trim and bur/file then moves on to any problem areas and finishes with a moisturising treatment. A person may not have a specific problem and wish only to have a general MOT of their feet or a relaxing reflexology treatment.
Why did you decide to become a foot health practitioner?
After 16 years as a reflexologist and running a bespoke shoe company with orthotics at the forefront, foot health care was a natural progression.
What qualifications and experience do you need for your role?
I studied a level four, foot health practitioner diploma at Stonebridge College and the College of Foot Health Practitioners. I was then able to gain entry onto the Alliance of Foot Health Practitioners Register which is governed by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. All of this along with good people skills and a love of feet go a long way to making a good practitioner.
How would you describe your typical client?
There is no typical client or patient as there are no typical feet. Our feet are as unique as our fingertips with a very large common denominator: they work very hard for us.
What are the advantages of offering a mobile foot clinic?
The main advantage is that I come to you, be that at home or a workplace. There is little effort on the patient’s part as I bring the clinic to them. All I ask is that they are sitting comfortably and I do the rest.
Why is foot health so important?
Feet play a crucial part in our daily activities and are really put through their paces. They are the body’s foundation and tell a lot about our general health, often highlighting potentially serious health conditions before they show up elsewhere. Maintaining good foot health is important for everyone, but especially for diabetics since they are at risk of developing serious foot conditions through nerve damage, circulation problems and infections.
Do shoes affect our feet? What would you recommend?
Shoes have a huge bearing on our feet; an ill-fitting pair can cause problems such as corns, calluses and even nail trauma. It is important to wear shoes that are appropriate for the occasion and that don’t squeeze, rub or cause pressure points. Socks play a part too. If they are too thick, rough, or have uneven seams it can lead to friction and in turn blisters.
What is the best part of being a foot health practitioner?
When someone tells me that they feel like they are walking on air after a treatment. That is a good day and it’s great to alleviate a person’s discomfort.
Can you give us one top tip for our feet?
Keep them clean, dry in between your toes and see a registered practitioner if you have any problems – that was three!
Foot Response is a Mobile Foot Health Clinic. Contact Shari for more information on 07305 330624 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.footresponse.co.uk