Iam a trained registered foot care nurse who has been working with diabetic and nondiabetic clients within the community and rural areas for the past four years. And I 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 othotics 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 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 it all 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. Toes’ Nailed Foot Care Service
Though the one certainty in this complicated modern life that we lead is that, "we’re born, and then we die," there’s a substantial chunk in between that needs attending to. And of course we’d all rather live longer and healthier than not! Modern nutrition and improved medical care have enabled huge leaps in our ability to live longer and stronger, with the average life expectancy now around seventy-five years compared to around forty-five years a century ago. And the statistics for those still going strong at sixty-five are even more remarkable, with life expectancy of an additional fifteen years or so to be anticipated. However, poor health and failing strength can make such additional years less pleasurable than they might be. One solution that is gaining in popularity amongst the senior population is that of regular, moderate exercise. Some of us have never lost sight of this, of course, but for those of us who’ve become a little more sedentary across the decades, it may be worth considering afresh. It’s true to say that the vast majority of over-65s could exercise still and would be able to benefit from such activity. The first port of call is a chat with your physician, to ascertain just what you might be capable of and which activities you should avoid, relating to existing medical conditions. If you get the all clear and decide to take the plunge, it is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing and wellfitting, sturdy shoes. Footwear should have good arch support, and an elevated and cushioned heel to absorb shock. You should begin slowly relative to your existing level of fitness, and with exercises that you are already comfortable doing. Starting slowly makes it less likely that you will injure yourself, and also helps prevent pain arising from overexertion. The rather off-putting notion of ’no pain, no gain’ is certainly not true for older or elderly adults. Indeed, you don’t have to exercise vigorously to get most of the health benefits available through exercising. Walking, for example, could be an excellent activity to start with, and with the mix of flat streets and the odd hill through the Central Otago and Lakes District region, what more pleasurable way could there be to improve your well-being? So with the recent cold snap dying away, why not pull out your sneakers, dust off your lycra, and hit the road for a bit of nature’s own medicine?