A Foot Health Practitioner (FHP) works in the private sector and provides routine foot care. The training FHPs undertake enables them to recognise, assess and treat common foot conditions.
Routine foot care includes, nail trimming, reduction of thickened nails, removal of corns and callus, treatment of ingrown toenails (without invasive surgery), and diabetic foot assessment/monitoring. Dressing, padding and off-loading are also offered where appropriate.
The Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners maintains the Accredited Register of Foot Health Practitioners. FHPs admitted to this register have trained to defined standards and apply best practice in professional behaviour and technical competence. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is a government appointed body that accredits this register. It sets standards for organisations holding registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those that meet them.