Nursing foot care is a practice that always considers our client’s Holistic needs. We realize that we must practice as part of the greater health care team. Our care often intersects and overlaps the care given by other health professionals and practitioners.
Foot care is an important part of maintain good over health, well-being, mobility and independence for EVERYONE. Structure of Feet affects everything above.
Foot Care Treats:
· Ingrown toenails
· Corns and Calluses
· Fungal Infection
· Pain in feet that impedes mobility or Quality of Life
Foot Care is:
· Proper cutting/trimming and filing of toenails to prevent future problems
· Regular care of ingrown toenails to prevent infection.
· Assessment of your footwear if issues found on feet.
· Frequent treatment of corns and calluses before they build up and cause pain
· Check feet regularly for wounds; that poor circulation and/or disease is not causing unnoticed foot issues
A Foot Care Nurse:
· Is a regulated professional with additional education specific to the foot and lower limb
· Understands the structure and function of the foot, including the effects of diseases such as diabetes and poor circulation
· Participates in educational opportunities to maintain and enhance abilities
· Follows infection control standards for cleaning and sterilization instruments
Foot Care Clients Include:
· Employees who work on their feet ex: nurses, retail, factory, construction, etc.
· Seniors and/or those with physical limitations
· Expectant mothers
· Persons residing in nursing care facilities
· High risk clients with diabetes, arthritis, edema, comprised immunity, poor circulation
· Neurological disorders (sensory loss, Deformities, para or quadriplegics
· Vascular and lymphatic disorders