Frequently asked questions
Are your podiatrists qualified?
Yes. Our podiatrists are fully qualified to BSc (Hons) degree level or beyond. Our podiatrists have been practising in both the NHS and private sector. They are also both fully registered with the HCPC.
What is HCPC?
The HCPC is the register of health care professionals. A register of health professionals is maintained of practitioners who meet their standards for training, skills, behaviour and health in the area of medicine or health care. www.hpc-uk.org.
Do I need to be referred by a doctor to book an appointment?
You do not need to be referred by a doctor to book an appointment at Beckenham Foot Care. This means that you can book your treatment at a time that suits you. We offer Saturday appointments only for patients who cannot attend mid-week appointments.
Do you offer free NHS treatment?
We are a private specialist clinic and as such we are not funded to offer free NHS treatment, but we comply with the standards that healthcare insurance providers require such as HCPC registration.
Will it hurt?
Podiatry/Chiropody treatments carried out by a skilled practitioner should be pain free. Conditions such as corns or ingrown toenails may be senstive to treat, however great relief should be experienced folllowing the treatment of the painful area. In some cases local anaesthetic may be used to temporarily dull any pain.
Should I be embarrassed about my feet?
No. We are highly professional and trained in podiatry for three years to degree level in order to be able to work with your feet. We enjoy working with feet that need our help and take great pleasure in easing any discomfort, curing ailments and giving advice that will help you maintain your own healthy feet. Do not worry, we have dealt with feet of all shapes and sizes and with almost every type of foot problem.
How do I pay for my treatments?
We accept payment by cash, card, Apple pay and BACs.
Will you remove my nail polish?
You should always aim to have your nail polish removed before your appointment. If you have gel nail polish you should always go back to the place where you had it applied as they know that the product is and should have suitable removers for that product.