Foot care training - page 5

I have been interested in starting a foot care service for some time now and after reading posts from LoisJean feel this is something I can do. I would like to start out by receiving some kind of training but cannot find anyone... Read More

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    Foot Care for Salon Professionals by Dr. Oscar Mixx published by Malady Press ( I think) Look on Great book, should be called Foot Care for Health Care Professionals. WAY beyond the scope of practice for pedicurists. I took an 8 hour class by him that was great and was given at a trade show for the Cosmetology Professionals in Sacramento last year. Good luck!
    I got this book, and you are absolutely right, it should be called Foot Care for HC Pro's. It is excellent!! Thank you for the recommendation. The author is a pod who just wants everyone to have good feet, and his philosophy, much like Lois Jean's, is that if he can spread the word to anyone who cares for feet, and hone their assessment skills, he will be getting them a step in the right direction, pun intended! I would have loved to see this guy in person, he seems like a wonderful doc, generous with his knowledge.
    Last edit by sirI on Nov 14, '08

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    Glad you liked the book. It is one of the best. The only error I found in it is in the part that addresses capillary refill time. It says it should be under 30 seconds and that is a typo! I think he meant 3 seconds. I use 5 seconds as my cut off for referral to apodiatrist.

    Dr. Mix is an incredibly nice guy. Too bad he is nearing retirement. He could be a great asset to foot care nursing workshops. I was fortunate enough to take an 8 hour workshop with him. Someday I may have my own classes going. We will see. Right now I am inundated with my current business.

    Also, I just found on the WEB that Dremel has now come out with a more sophisticated tool, an electric system, designed for nails. This is a different drill than their old battery operated tool. The battery operated one is now being packaged and marketed toward nail professionals as opposed to the crafter. However, it is the same tool. You can see some of these new files I am talking about by going down to your local manicurist. I have 3 different files ranging from $300 to my $1750.00 Orthofex that is made in Holland and has a vaccum near the bit. The electric nail filing systems are much better. They are more comfortable for the client. It is worth the investment!

    That site has more information on those systems.
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    Check out this site by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. They have an anual COMPLETE FOOT CARE COURSE that targets all health professionals dealing with feet and has a special tract for nurses! It is a 3 day course, May 14-16 in New Orleans and I am going to go. I have always wanted to attend one of their conferences. MD's and orthopedic surgeons are much more nurse friendly than podiatrists, generally speaking. So check it out. If anyone ends up going, let me know and we can meet for lunch!
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    Wondering how a 3 day conference can be considered a complete course, when my course involves 44 hours of in class lectures and a practical componant.
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    You are right. Complete Foot Course is sort of false advertising. However, it does look like a good course. It is put on by MD's and RN's so there is not the competative factor like the Seattle Foot Course. It is slim pickins for foot care courses in the states and this looks like one of the better ones I have seen advertised. These types of courses are great for networking. And there is always something new out there in the foot care world. It would be a good place for nurses interested in this field to go. But we definetly need a REAL complete foot course with lots of hands on. Where is your course? Did you teach it or attend it?
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    I have a question I am hoping I can get some help with. I need to make a consent form for my foot care clients. Do any of you use one? I need to know what information I need to put on there. And if the Patient cannot sign for himself, and there is not a family member present, what then?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Am going out of town for the week end but will post you what I am using. However I have no idea how legal it is. I used part of a consent form that my Canadian nurse friend uses and added my own part about also allowing me to photograph for teaching purposes. So check again, I should have it posted by Tues. It might be a start anyway. Probably consulting a lawyer would be the surest way to do this, but expensive.
    Last edit by sirI on Nov 14, '08
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    Thanks! I appreciate it! You're the best!

    Last edit by sirI on Nov 14, '08
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    Thank you, all of you...

    I can't recall how long ago it was when I first came to this forum and shared my experiences as a Nurse Entrepreneur--owning and operating my own private duty foot care nursing service. I am in my 10th year of business now. For the first 7 years I worked by my self, now I have another LPN and two BSNs on board. I am an LPN.

    I have been an LPN for 30 years--and perhaps, because of that, I am not easily intimidated by those who would tell me that I am not allowed to practice this worthy nursing service...a service which is so desperately needed by so many and that is provided by so few.

    Thank you so much Tutti and Laura for your wonderful information. It will all be shared at my next nurse's meeting and the reference materials you have suggested will be obtained so that we might better serve our clients.

    I am, (as some who frequent this forum know), HOT on foot care being provided by competent and dedicated nurses...LPNS/VNS AND RNS, to all who are at risk for serious complications and amputations... problems that can rob a person of his independence and often his life. I am appalled at the lack of knowlege on the part of nurses and doctors alike, who deem the body to be the proverbial temple, but consider the feet something less than worthy of even a quick peek. AND! I don't even want to go into my experiences with the podiatrists in my area...

    We are busy! Very busy. Nightengale, I have not forgotten you or any of you who have been with me since we first got on the subject of foot care as a Nursing Entrepreneural adventure.

    I will try to get back on board here--and stay on board.

    Peace and Brightest Blessings to All;

    Lois Jean
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    Lois Jean,

    I was very excited to see a post from you. I have read the old posts you have written. I have been an LPN for 12 years, doing foot care for 3. Considering I work for a facility, it has been a huge success. I still have a Podiatrist to compete with there. We have actually been through three different Podiatrists in the past 3 years. I am in a stage where my employer wants me to do more foot care and less of my other duties as that is the only piece of my job which brings the money in. They have continually tried to get me to increase my rates and each year I say No! long as I can get away with it, I will. The only way I can bring in more clients is to advertise to the surrounding community and even other facilities in the area. The problem with this, is that most places already have something in place and It's usually a Podiatrist. I am trying to come up with ways in which to sell myself to these places. It's tough. I also have the visiting nurses to compete with. They are everywhere! Please do keep in touch! You are an inspiration!!!


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