Foot Health Week, 12-18 April 2021

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the key message of this year’s digital foot health campaign is that podiatry services are open

Foot Health Week is here!

From 12-18 April 2021 we will be promoting our key message, that podiatry services are open for care. Over the last year, podiatrists have had to change how they work across all sectors, but one thing has not changed: podiatrists are still providing expert care for their patients.

However, we are aware that members of the public are not seeking help with their healthcare needs in quite the same way as they were before the pandemic. The College of Podiatry has produced a self-care guide to help you look after your own foot health, as well as indicating when you should seek the assistance of a podiatrist.

Download Your guide to general footcare

Podiatrists are experts in foot and lower limb care. They can help you with a wide range of problems: from assistance with your general footcare through to management of complex needs, your podiatrist can provide expert care to help keep you as healthy and as active as possible.

When should you see a podiatrist?

You should make an appointment to see a podiatrist if:

Your feet hurt:
your podiatrist will assess your condition and advise you on the best treatment

Your symptoms are getting worse:
a foot or lower limb problem isn't improving naturally or within three weeks of self-care

You want to prevent foot problems:
a regular foot check with a podiatrist can help keep your feet healthy

You have an underlying health condition which affects your feet:
conditions such as diabetes, poor circulation and neuropathy (loss of feeling) can lead to serious foot problems. If you develop any new wounds or notice a change in colour or sensation, seek advice from your podiatrist as soon as possible.

How to make an appointment with a podiatrist

During the COVID-19 pandemic, as providers of essential healthcare, podiatrists have continued to work safely throughout all levels of restrictions across the UK.

Podiatry is available via the NHS or with a private practitioner. 

NHS Private practitioners

To find out more about the NHS services in your area visit:

Services will vary across regions. Some areas may require a GP referral so check with your local area for more details.

To locate a private (independent) practitioner, use our online easy-to-use Find a Podiatrist service. This allows you to search for a podiatrist in your area quickly and easily when you are in need of foot care advice.


Podiatry is a regulated profession. All our podiatrists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Join in on social media

Throughout Foot Health Week our members will be sharing their tips and events on social media. Look out for the hashtag: #UKFootHealthWeek21

You can update your profile picture with a twibbon to support Foot Health Week too. Find out how to add a twibbon to add it to your profile picture.

How to get involved in Foot Health Week 2021

Resources for members

Members can download campaign resources from the campaign page in the members' area. Please remember to login before going to the members' campaign page.  If you login and are not directed to the campaign page, please return to this page and try the link again.

Not a CoP member but want to get involved?

If your media or events team wish to liaise with the CoP direct for resources, please contact comms@cop.org.uk.

Press enquiries should be addressed to the College's press office at press@cop.org.uk.

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