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Focus: Foot health
People often overlook the importance of maintaining their feet, and how integral feet are the mobility and quality of life, until problems arise. Pharmacists are well placed to advise patients on looking after their feet.
The Pharmaceutical Journal has joined forces with UK health company RB and surveyed members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of identifying and appropriately managing a variety of foot conditions in community pharmacy.
Patients visit their pharmacy to seek advice on a variety of conditions affecting their feet. This visual guide for pharmacists and their teams illustrates some common foot conditions, and describes their key features, causes and treatment. Produced in partnership with RB.
Community pharmacists, working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, can care for patients with foot conditions, providing relief to a health system under strain. Produced in partnership with RB.
The learning materials are being developed in response to a survey that found many pharmacists do not feel confident discussing foot care, but would like to learn more.
As part of The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB’s joint campaign on foot health, five healthcare professionals talk about their different approaches to discussing foot care with patients and the challenges they face.
Patients of all ages visit their pharmacy to seek advice on a variety of conditions affecting their feet, but some groups, including the young and active, people with diabetes and elderly patients, are at higher risk of developing common foot conditions. Produced in partnership with RB.
Healthcare professionals are beginning to recognise the importance of keeping our feet in good working order, but does more need to be done to communicate this message to the public? Find out in this feature produced in partnership with RB.
How to get your foot in the door with foot careSubscription
In this Q&A — as part of a campaign by The Pharmaceutical Journal and RB — Peter Bettles explains how his pharmacy-based foot clinic meets his patients’ needs while boosting business.
The diabetic footSubscription
Diabetes-related foot problems are common, and negatively impact patients’ quality of life, so it is important that pharmacists are aware of symptoms and the relevant care pathways for these patients to ensure they receive the best care and education regarding how to manage their condition. Produced in partnership with RB.
We walk around 100,000 miles in our lifetime, so it’s unsurprising that this can take its toll on our feet and that a large propotion of people experience some form of foot problem. The footcare category represents a significant part of a pharmacy’s retail offering and should be a major focus.