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Foot Health Practitioner - Fast Track


This Fast Track foot Health Practitioner course has been designed to allow you to become fully qualified in the fastest time possible. 

This course gives you the opportunity and satisfaction to care for others in your own practice. The human foot is one of the most neglected parts of the body but it is also one of the most complex, 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, making the foot highly sensitive but prone to wear or damage when injured or stressed beyond its capability.

Circumstances might prevent people from looking after their feet even though there may be little wrong with them. Conditions such as arthritis, painful hip joints or stiff knees might put their feet out of reach or prevent use of scissors or nippers. 

However, others do have problems with their feet which can be treated without surgery or medical intervention such as corns, calluses, verrucae, flat-foot and bunions, to nail conditions and structural defects. Some people just enjoy being pampered and are conscious of keeping their body in optimum condition. All these people need the help of a Foot Health Practitioner: a professional who is trained to deliver care and advice either in a private surgery or in the home.

How does the course work? 

Once you enrol, you will be given access to the theory lesson, after each of these, you will need to complete a multiple choice question paper based on the topics covered in the lesson. At the end of the course, there is a final bit of coursework which you will need to complete, you will be able to do this while you are studying your practical with us. You will be able to pick the practical day you wish to attend when you are registering. Once you have completed all of the practical work, you will be recognised as a fully qualified and you will be able to begin your career as a Foot Health Practitioner. 

It is typical for student to complete the course in under a month using this fast track route. Due to this being a fast track course, we are able to offer it to learners at a reduced cost to the ordinary version of the course. 

This course is made up of twelve of theory practice which you will be able to complete from you home. This normally takes a week to complete and then you will be required to do one week of physical training which will be completed in one of our fully equipped Foot Health Training Centers 

This course has been designed so that you can complete it from the comfort of your own home with the addition of two weeks practical training in our fully equipped Food Health Training Centres. As the course is home based, you will be responsible for planning your own study schedule which you will be able to fit around your other commitments such as work or family.

The amount of study hours you will have to allocate to this depends on how much time you can dedicate to your studies as well as how well you are able to grasp the learning materials. It is recommended that you spend at least 1-2 hours of study time to complete each question paper which will be sent to you after every lesson. 

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 180 hrs.


Lesson 1:

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

Lesson 2:

Muscle tissues/ structure/ groups/ muscles of the leg and foot, HAV limitus/ rigidus/ metatarsalgia/ arthritis/ gout/ sprains/ treatment of pes plano-valgus

Lesson 3:

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

Lesson 4:

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

Lesson 5:

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

Lesson 6:

Lymphatic circulation/ relationship to blood circulation/ lymphoedema/ path of infection/ route of metastasis/ when and how to refer

Lesson 7:

CNS/ ANS/ nerve supply to foot sensation and pain/ areas served by individual nerves/ peripheral circulation examination/ Raynauds syndrome/ neuropathy/ neurological examination

Lesson 8:

Endocrine system and hormones/ diabetes mellitus and its significance/ neuropathy/ paddings and dressings

Lesson 9:

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/

Lesson 10:

Pathology/ organ changes/ factors causing hypertrophy and hyperplasia/ factors causing atrophy/ neoplasms/ elements of nutrition/ setting up a practice

Lesson 11:

Starting your own business

Lesson 12:

Marketing your business


There is no previous experience or qualifications needed to enrol on this course. It is available to all students. However, it is required that you are able to attend one week of practical training in one of our state of the art Training Centres. 


Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Foot Health Practitioner Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

Completing this course on its own does not lead to a Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.
The learning outcomes of this course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against the level descriptors published by Ofqual, which indicates the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion.

After you have successfully completed this course, you can go on to a choice of career pathways, including the options to: 

Start your own business: You will be able to set up your own clinic, work from home, or build a mobile practice as learndirect’s Foot Health Practitioner course does not only gives you a complete grounding of foot anatomy, care and diagnostics, but it also provides you with the information and support you need to establish a successful practice. 

Become a chiropodist/podiatrist: If you want to build up your career, salary and responsibilities, you can continue your education and train to become a chiropodist/podiatrist, which you can earn up to £39,000+*/year.

*Source:, Sept. 2012.

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