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- Course type Distance learning course
- Duration 180 Hours, Part-time
- Qualification Level 4 ABC Awards Certificate of Achievement
- Awarded by ABC Awards
Exam is included.
Tutor is available to students.
FREE WITH THIS COURSE: The price of our nationally recognised Foot Health courses now includes FREE* student accommodation [for Bude venue only], saving you up to £325** on your total training costs! For more information, please click here!
There is no greater satisfaction than to care for others, and our Foot Health Practitioner course gives you the opportunity to accomplish this in your own practice. The human foot is one of the most complex and neglected of body parts. Every step we take places 2.5 times our body weight on the 26 bones that make up each foot, and it has been estimated that we walk 3 times around the planet in a lifetime. The foot is highly sensitive, and like any machine part, suffers wear or damage when injured or stressed beyond its capability.
Here's where you come in. Though there may be little wrong with their feet, circumstances may prevent people looking after them. Arthritis, painful hip joints or stiff knees may put their feet out of reach or prevent use of scissors or nippers. However, others do have problems with their feet, from corns, calluses, verrucae, flat-foot and bunions, to nail conditions and structural defects, many of which can be treated without surgery or medical intervention. Some people just enjoy being pampered or are concerned with maintaining their bodies in optimum condition. All of these people need the help of a Foot Health Practitioner: a professional trained to deliver care and advice either in a private surgery or in the home.
This course is made up of twelve lessons of theory training, which you complete from the comfort of your own home, and two weeks of practical foot health practitioner training, which is completed at one of our state-of-the-art Foot Health Training Centres. For more information on the practical training, please visit our dedicated Foot Health website at www.foothealthschool.com.
Intro/ organisation/ tissues/ cartilage/ ligament/ tendon/ bone/ fractures/ skeletal development/ the human skeleton/ leg skeleton/ foot skeleton/ anatomical planes/ terms of reference/ foot arches
Normal stance and posture/ pes planus/ articulations/ tendons/ retinaculae/ movement/ pes plano-valgus
Muscle tissues/ structure/ groups/ muscles of the leg and foot, HAV limitus/ rigidus/ metatarsalgia/ arthritis/ gout/ sprains/ treatment of pes plano-valgus
Blood structure/ heart/ vessels/ circulation/ arteries/veins/ capillaries/ respiration/ circulatory disorders/ atherosclerosis/ stenosis/thrombosis/ ulceration/ varicosity/ pulses/ blood borne disease/ pathogens/ fungi/ viruses/ bacteria/ exercise and the cardiovascular system/ disinfection and sterilisation
Integumentary system/ skin hair and nails/ normal function and growth mechanisms/ homeostasis/ instruments / skin pathologies-corns, callus, etc/ nail dystrophies/ peripheral perfusion/ tissue viability/ gangrene/ malignancies
Materia medica/ antiseptics/ styptics/ varnishes/ creams/ pre and post ops/ cleanliness and personal hygiene/ self-presentation/ diagnosis/ prognosis/ records and book-keeping/ styles of practise
Lymphatic circulation/ relationship to blood circulation/ lymphoedema/ path of infection/ route of metastasis/ when and how to refer
CNS/ ANS/ nerve supply to foot sensation and pain/ areas served by individual nerves/ peripheral circulation examination/ Raynauds syndrome/ neuropathy/ neurological examination
Endocrine system and hormones/ diabetes mellitus and its significance/ neuropathy/ paddings and dressings
External respiration/ gaseous exchange in the lungs/ internal respiration/ measurement of blood pressure/ the ankle brachial pressure index/ varicose veins/ skin disorders and conditions/ differential diagnosis/ fungal infections/ yeast infections/ sweating disorders/ instruments/
Pathology/ organ changes/ factors causing hypertrophy and hyperplasia/ factors causing atrophy/ neoplasms/ elements of nutrition/ setting up a practice
Starting Your Own Business
Marketing Your Business
What Can I Do After Taking This Course?
Start your own business. Stonebridge's Foot Health Practitioner course not only gives you a complete grounding in foot anatomy, care and diagnosis, but provides the information and support you need to establish a successful practice. You could set up your own clinic, work from home, or build a mobile practice visiting patients in their own or residential homes.
Become a chiropodist/podiatrist. If you wish to increase your responsibilities and build your career, you could continue your education and training to become a chiropodist/podiatrist, earning up to £39,000+*/year.
*Source: Payscale.com, Sept. 2012.
There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.