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Foot Care Specialist

Practitioner level 4

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to become a Foot Care Specialist
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Foot Care Specialist
  • Receive the Level 4 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards*

(OCN Level 4 award also available with 16 national educational credits**)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors. There are also an essential 4 sessions of practical training for this course.

Course overview

Feet in a poor condition can lead to discomfort, pain, disfigurement and reduced mobility. It is estimated that we will walk the equivalent of 3 times around the earth in our lifetimes and a range of foot conditions may result. Many of these conditions can be easily and effectively treated by the Footcare Specialist, enhancing the clients’ sense of ease and wellbeing.


  • Lesson One
    • Anatomy and Physiology – the Skeletal System
      •  Introduction
      • The Anatomical Position
      • Terms of Relationship of the Body
      • Osteology
      • Joints
      • Fractures
      • Disease States of the Skeleton
      • Self-Assessment Exercises
      • Bones of the Foot
      • Self-Assessment Exercises
      • Glossary of Terms Relating to Bones
      • Glossary of Terms Relating to Joints
  • Lesson Two
    • Anatomy and Physiology – the Muscular System
      •  Structure of Voluntary Muscle
      • Muscles of the Foot
      • Origin, Action and Insertion
      • Important Muscles of the Foot and Leg
      • Self-Assessment Exercises
      • The Arches of the Foot
      • Ligaments
      • Glossary of Terms Relating to Muscles
      • Self-Assessment Exercise
  • Lesson Three
    • Anatomy and Physiology – the Nervous System
      •  Nerves of the Lower Limb
      • Nerves of the Foot
      • Self-Assessment Exercise
      • Glossary of Terms Relating to Nerves
  • Lesson Four
    • Anatomy and Physiology – the Circulatory System
      • The Bloodstream
      • Blood Vessels
      • Self-Assessment Exercise
      • The Lymphatic System
      • Summary
      • Conditions Which May Affect Blood Vessels
      • Self-Assessment Exercise
  • Lesson Five
    • Functions and Disorders of the Feet
      • Functions
      • Disorders
  • Lesson Six
    • Anatomy and Physiology – the Integumentary System
      • The Skin
      • Epidermis
      • Dermis
      • Functions of the Skin
      • Mechanism and Control of Heat Loss
      • Self-Assessment Exercise
      • Hyperkeratosis
      • Fissures
      • Common Diseases of the Foot
  • Lesson Seven
    • Dressings and Paddings/Client Records
      • Client Records
      • Referral
      • Diabetes
      • Foot Hygiene and Care
  • Lesson Eight
    • Bacteriology and Hygiene Precautions
      • Bacteria
      • Sterilisation – Definition and Methods
      • Footcare Instruments
      • Medicaments
  • Lesson Nine
    • Conditions and Diseases Affecting the Nails
      • Anatomy
      • Conditions
      • Nail Diagnosis
      • Cutting the Toenails
  • Lesson Ten
    • Treatment of Common Foot Conditions/Setting up in Practice
      • Corns
      • Septic Conditions
      • Verrucae
      • Ulcers
      • Abcesses
      • Chilblains
      • Erythrocyanosis
      • Oedema
      • Setting up in Practice
      • Hepatitis and AIDS
  • Lesson Eleven
    • More Dressings and Strappings/Use of the Scalpel
      • Orthotics
      • Use of the Scalpel
      • Hard Skin
      • Corns

Practical training

4 days of Practical Training are essential for this course. Practical workshops can be held in various locations around the UK and are available for an additional fee of £75 per day. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.

**OCN registration at enrolment is optional for an additional fee. Full details on request.