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Non-Surgical Foot Care Specialist

Practitioner level 4

By successfully completing this course, you will:

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

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 2 days of practical training for this course.

Course overview

Most foot problems can be treated without the need for invasive surgical procedures. This course looks at the most effective non-surgical treatments. Foot problems often develop over a period of time as a result of incorrect footwear, inappropriate exercise, imbalanced posture or simply as a result of walking on hard surfaces. This course looks at the various foot problems and how to rectify them with some care and attention, non-surgical treatments and correct exercise and hygiene.


  • Lesson One
    • Anatomy and Physiology – The Skeletal and Articulatory Systems
      • 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
    • Additional Considerations
      • Dressings and Paddings
      • 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

Practical training

2 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.