I trained as a Foot Health Practitioner when I decided I wanted a complete change of career to take me past retirement age. Having worked in public service roles for most of my life, most recently as a civilian for the county Constabulary, and with a previous background in healthcare on the administrative side, it seemed a sensible move. My mother was an orthopaedic nurse so it’s “in the blood” I suppose.
I qualified at The Smae Institute in Maidenhead and set up Breckland and Waveney Foot Health Clinic. I offer a visiting service to private patients within a 10 mile radius of Dereham. I also do home visits on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Wymondham and Hethersett areas in the early evening.
I hold a weekend clinic on Saturdays at my sister’s business “Advanced Skincare” in Diss. She’s an electrolygist and skin care therapist so we really do work top to toe.
There are many people who can’t care for their feet due to mobility or age related problems, and so I give that care for them. Diabetics particularly need to ensure their feet are in good health, and this is part of my practice. I also offer corn and hard skin removal, verruca and wart treatments and all forms of nail care from trimming to thinning. A FHP can spot an in-growing toenail and treat it quickly, often preventing surgery. Much of my work is preventative making sure clients not only get the right treatment but good homecare advice too. My work makes me feel a real part of the community and provides a service that often the NHS is now finding difficult to fund.
First appointments take about an hour, with a full medical history and assessments. Follow up treatments take around 50 minutes. However, obviously everyone is an individual and I work to treat a particular problem – not a schedule.