Foot care training - page 24

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... Read More

  1. by   delacruzrbdc
    I just want to ask if there's any institution can offer a training on foot care available for international nurses? I am from Philippines and I wanted to establish my private foot clinic.. But before that I want to be certify and become a foot care nurse.
  2. by   barefootnurse
    Am interested to know if any foot nurses out there are using the high speed, meaning up to 40,000 rpm's, podiatry drills ( files ) and if so, what kind of burrs you are using? Who trained you? Or are you using dremels?
  3. by   sallyspring
    Hi Titti, I wish I could get to know that nurse. There are lots of courses offered in Canada, in fact, in NL the health care authorities run courses for their home care nurses, personal care attendants and Licnesed practical nurses.
    I di a course but there are a few gaps I would love to address. Please ask that nurse if you can give her contact information to me please.
    Lois Jean. I am not sure what video you mentioned, but I would be interested too especially if it shows how to deal with involuted nails and padding.
    Here in Canada, a trained person can set up in private practise on a fee for service basis and those with insurance calim it back. In New Brunswick, the company teaching the course has an arramgement with the Vetern's association for payment.
    If anyone has company information for free patient leaflets, I would also be interested.
    There a many companies selling footcare tools, Superioe medica inc. among them, they do the allpresan line of lotions and creams. I like the Gewhol products too.
    Any one know a source for foot massage videos?
    I will stop now.
    Liddy in Labrador
  4. by   sallyspring
    There is a company called seniorwatchinc that teaches footcare. Google Cindy Lazemby and she can tell you more about courses, I think she works with a college in Ontario that runs an advanced course. Contact the canadian foot care association for information on standards and courses.I believe that ther is one in every Province except NL but the VON also runs courses.There is definitely an association on Ontario.Email me at liddy1@live .ca and I will share any information I have so far.
  5. by   sallyspring
    I would be interested in all replies about care of instruments. Health canada has a set of standards on the site and I googled footcare instruments and found a site called Virox. Really good instructions
  6. by   sallyspring
    BC footcare nurses. Hi I would love to get your input about sterilizing instruments.
    Not every private practise nurse can afford a dry autoclave and the Prestige 2100 is apparently the recommended on for small businesses, but that does not sterilize packages. What do you do once the instruments are cleaned and sterilized. How do you store them? As I read it, Health canada says all instruments must be sterilized, but I don't see where they say it must be sterile. ( I mean sterilize to kill the organisms and store clean and dry?)
  7. by   sallyspring
    " I have formed a nonprofit organization to help train doctors in preventive foot care for diabetics in developing countries. It is my hopes to get a grant to cover the costs of a good website and"

    google leadership grants.
  8. by   sallyspring
    Hi Ciege, I actually work in a library that serves the long term care community in the province of Alberta. We also provide materials to educators training staff to work in LTC, so we do actually have a few training videos for foot care, but nothing current. One of our videotapes came back mangled last week so I'm trying to replace it, just not finding anything out there and was very hopeful when I saw a post that said someone here was producing one. MAVC (Medical Audiovisual Communications) does actually have a couple of videos that we have here in our collection: Foot Assessment and Care; and Hand, Foot and Nail Care. The second has been updated and we'll probably get it but I was hoping for more. Did the Emory foot care course use videos? Thanks!!

    Cindy Lazenby is producing one. She has promised to let me know when she hahs it completed as well as a refreher for advanced foot care nurses. and an educator's course. She wrote the footcare book the my course used. I can't remember which Ontario college/university she is teaching at
  9. by   sallyspring
    " I would like a simple video to show patients as well as one for teaching staff members. "
    I found a lovely PDF file on cutting toenails. There is a brtish site with good teaching too. I have just changed computers so I have to search for all my links
  10. by   sallyspring
    I buy my N95 from Home hardware. Great quality and fit.Do you have a source for dust extractors? The only ones I see here are not portable for home visits and cost the earth.
  11. by   sallyspring
    Quote from ehresources
    Hi All,
    I hope this clarifies some issues/questions that have been posted recently. Foot care is considered a clean procedure but that does not mean that sterilzation of tools between clients is not essential, especially due to the potential for injury and infection. The simplest product (and safest) for cold sterilization is accelerated hydrogen peroxide. The brand I use is the Accel CS20 by Virox. There are other brand names available (I am in Canada but I do know there is soemthing in the US). For a mask, I use an N95 as it is the best protection available. Whatever products you use, it is imperative that you read the manufacturers instructions and MSDS documents - not only about using the product but also about disposal of it. Pricing will vary depending on how you set up your business. Start with a base salary (what you want to earn per hour or person) and then add all your expenses. That should give you a ball-park figure. Don't forget things like travel time. Having solid policies and procedures/protocols in place when you set up your business/practice is critical. The first few can be tough but then they get easier - I promise.
    A word of advice: Always practice to the highest standard! It is the best for you and your clients and it is probably only a matter of time before it becomes the minimum standard.
    For the nurses in Vancouver - good luck with your conference. Link up with Foot Care Canada and other resources (such as those that host conferences elsewhere in Canada).
    I would be interested in the Alliance if someone wants to PM me
    Here in NL, the health care authorities have set autoclaving as their Provincial standard. There is no set standard or organization for private footcare nurses, but to practice, you must have the course. The VON gives their nurses an autoclave, but I am not sure what type.
    I am just in the process of setting up a business and I have been in contact with my nursing association who so not have a special interest group and checked all the information on the Health canada web site as well. The best instructions I found was from a site called Virox.
    I was trained to use the Accelerated hydrogen peroxide but worry about rusting. Maybe you can ask the local hospital about autoclaving.
    I plan to get a Prestige and follow the Virox instructions that reflects HC info..
    I plan to retire from my full time job next year and once I have more free time, I plan to try to get a group here so we can have regular meetings. Most by teleconference withan annual workshop etc.
    One of our Aboriginal groups developed a lovely poster with actual people showing how to care for your feet. I was able to get a couple that I can laminate and put on a ring along with other information so that the client can read them during car/waiting.
  12. by   sallyspring
    Quote from Foot Care Nursing
    I'm new to this...but would like any information on setting up a foot care business any canada or getting in touch with someone who as...
    I' m a RN living in Northern Alberta..planning on taking a Foot care course in the near future.....
    I am in the process of doing this.
    I did up a business plan, marketing plan and 12 month cash flow, applied to my municipality for permission to run a homebased business. This is in case I need to apply for funding.
    I started collecting my instruments as I can, planning to have 10 kits. I have researched a lot of suppliers of tools, instruments and creams.( Just google foot care instrumnet suppliers in Canada). There is a foot care group in Alberta and I think that there is a workshop planned for early next year.
    There is a company in calgary that sells burrs at reasonable prices and one in Ontario that imports the Gewhol line pf products. Surgico medical suppiles inc does the Alpresan line ( lovely callus softener and nail conditioner).
    I have developed my own questionaire, intial exam form, consent form, flow sheet, referral sheet and incident reporting form.
    I have asked a friend to set up an accounts system in excel ( I have to pay her), and bought generic duplicate receipt books at the dollar store, and ordered a stamp with my logo and business address to use on them.
    My brother says not to do this under the table as the benefits of doing it right outweigh the other. He says that there are a lot of expenses to claim.( computer, filing, building maintenance,hydro, heat,etc to name a few)
    I went to anyone I thought could give me letters of support too.
    I plan to develop a set of standards for my business in case I need to hire anyone else, but that is for later.
    Oh! I got a business number from canada revenue and I have to charge HST and can claim back the HST I pay on anythign I buy.
    In Nl, there is a women's entrepenurial association her in NL and I joined that too. They gave help with a business plan. email me at if you wish.
  13. by   sallyspring
    Quote from LoisJean
    Greetings! and all is well, but very, very busy- (which is a good thing and would be an even better thing if I were 20 years younger!)

    I have a foot care client who is a Veteran. He has IDDM and can be considered brittle. When my services were requested by his physician, he was in the healing stage of a ulcerated corn. He had a history of ingrowth of both great toes. The Veteran's would not pay for nor reimburse him for the added depth shoes that I suggested he wear and which were ordered by his doctor.
    However, when he developed Charcot's Foot, the expense of added depth shoes and brace were completely covered. This puzzled me. There has been somewhat of a stir in the nursing community over the idea of Orthotic Specialities as a career change. It's a very interesting field...might be worth investigating.

    And, once again, for Raduda and others interested: LPN's too, can provide foot care. If you question this please PM me.

    To give an example of one of our foot care clinics set up 2 x a month at a local Senior Center: I set a fee for service. People sign up. Care is given and payment is made. 10% of my earnings are donated back to the center at each clinic visit. (This center does not request a rental fee from, I donate an amount to them in appreciation.)

    I will try to get back onto this board on a regular basis. With a new nurse on board and a huge increase in referrals, I have had to spend almost every waking minute 'on the job', so to speak.

    Miss all of you so much...but, I'm still here...still going strong!

    Lois Jean
    How do you PM?