Don’t let bad feet be your down­fall

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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.

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