Nurses who specialize in footcare - page 2

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Anybody do this? I'm starting a course next week to learn how. Any footcare entrepreneurs out there?... Read More


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    More power to you!

    I had to work on feet today at school. We had a student with severe peeling of her feet. She had then picked at the layers producing several large sores. We soaked her nasty feet (bless her heart) in epsom salts. I then put lotion on the foot without the sores and a/b cream on the foot with the sores. How nasty! I could not do feet!

    Unfortunately, clean socks, shoes, and feet would cure all of her problems. I do not think her parents are much higher functioning than she is! We put clean socks on her today along with bandages. Wanna bet what she has on her feet tomorrow?
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    I did it for over a year at a retirement center where the people were very wealthy. I learned from another nurse who was retiring. I felt privileged to do the job; some of my patients were in their '80 and '90s, and the stories they could tell! I felt honored to listen to them!!

    A lot of them were concentration camp surviviors, or otherwise displaced by war; many came over here with nothing but the clothes on their backs and not speaking the language, and eventually worked themselves up into positions of great wealth.

    Some of them had worked in the very early days of the radio and TV industries, and could tell their personal stories about Jack Benny and other celebrities of that era.

    It was very enjoyable, and I took a great deal of pride into making their feet not only more comfortable, but attractive. One of my older male patients (98!) played golf EVERY DAY, and told everybody it was because of ME that he could.

    The downside was when my patients died. Of course, it is to be expected; they were VERY elderly, but not ill. They simply died of old age. I really got attached to my patients--I really miss them, to this day.

    You can get really good with the drill, which is indeed like a dremel--except you buy it at the beauty supply store, and it is called a Nail Genie. I used to buy specialty burrs from a place called Sunjean. They were meant for working on artificial nails, and they were very powerful--could smooth down the toughest calluses until the person's feet looked like baby feet. The burrs that come with the Nail Genie are too "wimpy" and wear out too fast--plus, they are difficult to disinfect.

    I sold my business to another RN who was wanting to learn the business, mainly because I was neglecting my own LNC business, and I was also teaching and had to be out of town a lot. I charged $50 per session, and probably could have charged more. I did 6 appointments a day, once a week, and had a waiting list. People literally had to die for someone else to get a spot; I was that busy! The nurse before me did 8 patients a day, but she only spent about 20 minutes on each patient. I spent a good hour. I did not want them to feel rushed, and, anyway, I enjoyed the social aspect of it.

    One perk: once you buy a Nail Genie at a beauty supply store, and let them know you have a foot care business, you get discounts on ALL products at the beauty supply store--just like hairdressers and nail technicians do.

    One word of warning: your significant other and children will also want you to "do their feet."

    Here's a tip: I used to buy generic denture cleaner at RiteAid to add to the warm soak water in my whirlpool foot bath, which you can buy anywhere, or at the beauty supply store. It turns the watere a beautiful ocean blue and smells good. When the water turns clear, they have soaked for 10 minutes, and you know it is time to start doing your magic with your nail cutters, cuticle lotion, and drill. Finish up with a nice, relaxing foot and calf massage. Your client will be putty in your hands! They will be ready for a nap.

    My business was called Specialty Foot Care. If anyone entering the business would like to hear from someone who has done it, fell free to P.M. me! I can tell you what supplies to buy to get started with. Don't forget to buy the blue sanitizing stuff that you buy at the beauty supply store to soak your instruments in between patients; AFTER you have cleaned them thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water. Good luck to all you aspiring foot care nurses!

    Oh, here's another tip: if you have a client who has sensitive toenails--perhaps he has an ingrown toenail -- you can ease the pain by putting on Numzit (you know, that stuff you buy for teething babies) for a few minutes before you file, drill, or cut the offending nail. I would have liked to have used Lidocaine jelly, but of course that is not available without a prescription. Numzit worked fine, though.

    Also, if you note fungal infections such as athlete's foot, you can use either tea tree oil or Lotrimin cream to treat them; advise your patient where he can purchase his own supply (both are available over the counter.)

    I used mink oil for my foot and calf massage--my clients LOVED it--but any good smelling cream will do. There is even one at the beauty supply store that can be warmed in the microwave for a few minutes.
    Last edit by stevierae on Oct 14, '03
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    Thanks for the great advice. The teacher is actually advising that we buy a dremel rotary tool and dremel burrs, I guess it ages better. There are two medical supply stores in town that carry all the instruments. I've seen the dremels listed on ebay for way cheaper used, so maybe I'll go with that -- haven't decided.

    I'm pretty impressed with the course I'm taking so far. I can;t wait to be certified so that my patients can stop going to nasty podiatrists who cut off only the offending parts of the nail and don't even finish the job. Lots of messy work out there.
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    Is this called getting a foot up on everything
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    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to the list and I wish I had found it years ago! What a good place to network and meet people.

    I have my own footcare practice here in Toronto Ontario (Canada). Kudos to the girl in Manitoba who's taking the steps towards her own footcare career.

    I'd like to talk to the lady who is selling diabetic footware, I think her name is Guardianangel or something. Please PM me.

    Lisa
    Last edit by Thunderwolf on Oct 13, '05 : Reason: email address deleted by moderator
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    I was wondering if anyone knows or could recommend an advanced footcare course in toronto?
    I am looking for a course
    thanks very much everyone
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    Quote from RedFraise
    Hello everyone!

    I'm new to the list and I wish I had found it years ago! What a good place to network and meet people.

    I have my own footcare practice here in Toronto Ontario (Canada). Kudos to the girl in Manitoba who's taking the steps towards her own footcare career.

    I'd like to talk to the lady who is selling diabetic footware, I think her name is Guardianangel or something. Please PM me.

    Lisa
    Hey, are you still practicing footcare in Toronto? I am just starting out and would love to talk to someone of experience!! Please let me know if you can help.
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    Are you still practicing footcare in Toronto? I am just starting out and would love to talk with someone of experience!!
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    I specialize in professional foot care along with pedorthics, a therapeutic shoe program and custom made shoes and orthotics.
    Be happy to discuss the field with those interested.
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    Quote from TWFC
    I specialize in professional foot care along with pedorthics, a therapeutic shoe program and custom made shoes and orthotics.
    Be happy to discuss the field with those interested.
    I would love some information on pedortics please.And of course who can do that work. Can a RN doing foot care get a course and start doing this?


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