Hello, I am a foot nurse from California. Last summer I spent 10 days in England (remember when it was 105 degrees? I was on a tour at Windsor Castle on that day). I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a full day at a diabetic foot clinic at the King's College with Dr. Ali Foster, an extraordinaryily remarkable D.P.M) I asked her if she knew of any foot nurses like myself in the UK.
(I specialize in preventive foot care for non-high risk diabetics, providing nail trimming, corn and callous care and fungal nail debridement. I have an independant practice and have been in business for myself for 8 years.)
She said she knew of only 3 nurses in the UK who could cut nails. Surely she can not be right! I am writing to try and connect with any nurses who do this sort of thing. I would love to find out more about how routine foot care is provided in your country and if whatever system it is, is adequate. Foot Nursing is a wonderful specialty and I am on a mission to spread the word that it is up to the nurses of the world to help prevent the complications of diabetes that can be so easily prevented with proper nail and foot care and patient/caregiver education.
Diabetes in a global problem and I am very interested in someday starting an international foot nurse association so we can share ideas and techniques (as well as travel to foreign places and meet new and meeting exciting people!!! plus get continuing education and have a great tax write-off)
Anyone interested, let me know. Would love to hear your comments.