Don’t let bad feet be your downfall
Toes’ nailed Foot care Service was established in September 2011, because of the demand for the service I have maintained this service throughout, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Milton, Balclutha, Lawrence, Ranfurly, Roxburgh, Alexandra and Wanaka. I am a trained registered Foot care Nurse who has been working with diabetic and non-diabetic clients within the community and rural areas for the past four years. And offer a service that assists clients to maintain healthy feet and limbs which assists the theory ‘‘if you don’t use it you lose it’’. Trained specifically to work with diabetic patients, I have been extensively trained in correct toe nail cutting which is imperative for prevention of bacterial and fungal infections, circulations assessment, pedal pulse evaluation, foot massage, assessment for infections ulcers, referrals for other mobility issues and often make referrals to podiatrists or orthotics for correction issues outside my scope of practise, and clients would benefit from these specialties. In relation to foot care issues in general it has become apparent that not only diabetics suffer horrendous issues with their feet. Suffering from all sorts of conditions from, diabetes, gout corns, callouses, joint replacements, club feet Hammer toes, bacterial and fungal infections and the list goes on, Bad feet, excuse the pun can be your Down fall. Independence and mobility is what we strive to maintain for as long as possible, without healthy feet it’s nearly impossible. When we are young we believe retirement is great so we can do all the things we couldn’t do during our working lives. Between arthritis aching bones, swelling feet, gout and new knees and hips, I’m not able to get down to cut my own toe nails anymore. Then there’s the ever familiar ‘‘Your arms grow shorter and legs get longer’’ or just the battle of the belly that we can’t get over. Circulation slows as we get older and this is a huge problem as limited oxygen gets to the lower limbs and for diabetics this is huge regular checks and support and making sure issues are picked up early and addressed are paramount on healthy lifestyles being maintained. People are living longer in society now and some health care services are unable to keep up with the demands. My service is designed to make if affordable and accessible for all. Treatment will be given and helpful fact filled information, up to date advice and support. Some treatments and visits to your GP or hospital can come at a financial and emotional cost to families and friends. Please take the time to look after yourself for the cost of a visit to my service.