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What Is Foot Care Certification & Why Should Nurses Have It?

Today, the number of seniors among us is higher than ever before. It is currently predicted that within the next decade, nearly a quarter of the population in the U.S. will be 65 years or older. However, due to more recent changes in the U.S. healthcare system, many people belonging to that growing group of aging adults are finding themselves without basic care from qualified doctors. That means, a significant portion of today's elderly population will not ever have their routine foot care needs met.
Rainier Medical Education and the American Foot Care Nurses Association was founded on the idea that routine foot care should never be neglected. We know that routine foot care is one of the most important lines of defense for elderly and diabetic patients because it focuses on easy preventative care such as reducing pressure points to keep larger and more serious complications from developing.

Rainier Medical Education offers a wide variety of online resources as well as in-person classes and seminars geared toward expanding your knowledge of foot care nursing.
The American Foot Care Nurses Association is a common space for news updates, shared ideas, video links, forums and various informational resources for individuals who are learning or currently practicing foot care protocols and procedures.

Prerequisites for Joining the AFCNA:

Proof of completion of at least 25 CEs in programs directly related to Foot Care completed within the 24 month period prior to application.

Proof of completion of 20 hours of direct Hands-on foot care with a qualified Proctor. (see instructions for details) This must be conducted within the 24-month period prior to application.

Current Nursing or Physical Therapy licensure verification.
(DNP, NP, BSN, RN, LPN/LVN, PT, DPT)

Any Lecture program that awards Continuing Education Credits and any qualified Hands-on proctor is acceptable

. Examples of acceptable topics:

  • Anatomy & physiology of the foot and lower extremity
  • Physical examination of the foot and lower extremity
  • Lower Extremity Neuro, Vascular, Derm and Musculoskeletal physical exam findings and treatment options
  • Common foot pathologies: How to diagnose and treat
  • Wound Care
  • Infection control & cross-contamination
  • Patient education regarding diabetic and "high risk" foot care
  • Other CE programs relevant to care of the feet and lower extremity

Online & In-Person CEs for Nurses

If no conferences are scheduled, be sure to sign up for our newsletter for regular updates on upcoming events.
Check out our past conferences here to see an example of what you can expect.

Our programs are geared toward helping nurses and clinicians become proficient in routine foot care as well as other relevant topics such as Medicare documentation and infection control.

Additionally, we offer a comprehensive program designed to help you start and market your own foot care practice. This downloadable video includes a wide range of important information from choosing a facility to business licensing and insurance.