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hoolahan is a ASN, RN and specializes in Home Health.

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Not long ago I was called in by a lady's daughter to "see what's wrong with Mom's toe". I went and found the lady suffering from a Morton's neuroma between the 2nd/3rd digit of her left foot. (It had not come up over night). She had just been to the pedicurist and the pedicurist had told her "Oh, I see a lot of those bumps". So I guess my question is: did you receive any sort of instruction in assessment/observation/ physiology/anatomy/ disease and disorders of the feet, etc? I'm still...just curious.

Peace,

Lois Jean

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That's great, Hoolahan! I wish you the best of luck!!

You said you live over the bridge from PA? We may not live very

far from each other! NRSKarenRN might be close to me also!

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Originally posted by LoisJean

Not long ago I was called in by a lady's daughter to "see what's wrong with Mom's toe". I went and found the lady suffering from a Morton's neuroma between the 2nd/3rd digit of her left foot. (It had not come up over night). She had just been to the pedicurist and the pedicurist had told her "Oh, I see a lot of those bumps". So I guess my question is: did you receive any sort of instruction in assessment/observation/ physiology/anatomy/ disease and disorders of the feet, etc? I'm still...just curious.

 

Peace,

Lois Jean

Let's see....it was Cosmetology school...not Nursing, or Podiatrist school. So, the answer would be NO. We are taught how to make people look better and possibly even FEEL better without inflicting harm. We are not taught disease processes other than the common fungal infections that can be seen on finger and toe nails. The pedicurist probly thought it was a wart of some kind. What the lady's daughter should have done was take mom to the doctor, who is trained in pathophysiology of disease processes, to find out what the "bump" was. You can't expect someone with a 3-9 month cosmetology education to diagnose diseases. That's not realistic at all. There is not even a basic medical terminology class taught. Most of the training is focused on nail filing, painting, haircuts, highlights, perms...etc....you get the idea.

You know....COSMETIC STUFF!! The focus was art.....not science... of the human body.

Anne:D

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I looked up Morton's neuroma because I was curious myself....have never heard of the affliction until now. According to this article, I don't see a "bump" as being a symptom anyway. Morton's major symptom is pain, not a bump in between toes.

http://www.podiatrychannel.com/mortonneuroma/

Am I confused?

Anne:confused:

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Hoolahan, I know I'm new here, but I would love a pedicure. Please, they feel so wonderful and are so relaxing.

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Anne: Sorry for the confusion...sometimes I'm thinking faster than my fingers are typing :uhoh3: The bump between the woman's toes was due to improper foot wear which percipitated the neuroma. Correctly so, a Morton's neuroma is not characterized by a lump but by pain elicited at certain pressure points at interdigital spaces. And, yes, the lady SHOULD have taken her Mom to the doc...but see, offen times they don't do that. Shouldas, couldas and outtas are directives often not adhered to by people in general.

I want to assure you that I am not at all disrespectful of the work done by pedicurists and the fact that I am not savvy about their level of education is because I hadn't researched it..but, I'm sure you will forgive me my ignorance.

My point is, and will continue to be that when people who are AT RISK receive foot care by a nurse (who has had additional education in diseases/disorders of the feet and has a strong knowledge base of systemic conditions which affect the feet ALONG WITH proper nail care techniques), there tends to be a decrease in the incidence of wound development requiring expensive and lengthy wound management and/or amputative procedures. This the ONLY reason that I have maintained the highest quality of foot care nursing service that is possible and provide it to those who need it the most.

I make certain that all of my new referrals understand that I'm not a pedicurist nor a podiatrist. I'm a nurse providing a nursing service. Unfortunately, nursing schools do not recognize foot care as a nursing procedure. If they did, I wouldn't feel so much like the Lone Ranger out here.

You have been a great source of information for me, KC...Thanks!

Peace,

Lois Jean

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About the $1000 per week for pedicurists/manicurists. I agree with what KC Chick said.

The nail tech who does my acrylics does only nails. She works 10 A.M. til 7 P.M. 5 days a week. Stays 11 hrs. on Thursdays. And 1/2 day on Saturday...total of 60 hours a week. = 60 clients a week. Acrylic nails only, actually 99 % French tips. 60 clients at minimum $40 fee plus tip. Tips are minimum $5 and majority pay $10...and more.

This tech has appointments 3 months in advance....holidays are booked a year in advance...I have seen her appt book, sometimes I read it while she is working on me.

I have been her client for 13 years.

True, she has a large client list, mostly well to do ladies, not "working nurses".

She has a waiting list of people who want to get on her list.

She supports a spouse and 3 kids and lives in a $300,000 house.

Her business is in the "uptown" area of a very large city.

So, for the right person , in the right place and very very hard working, the $$ is there....No where but America, can an immigre achieve like this.

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This sounds wonderful. I am not a foot person at all, hate to say. I love getting a pedicure and getting my summer feet on, but do it to someone else? ick!!

I can play with baby toes, even little kids toes but after they start looking like full adult feet, ewww!

I admire anyone working with the elderly, diabetics, and those with PVD - this is a much needed service.

Way to go, Hoolahan!!

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Hoolahan:

You mentioned a book somewhere in one of your posts on manacuring. What was it called? YOU said it helped a lot with disinfecting info.

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hoolahan is a ASN, RN and specializes in Home Health.

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http://www.creative4pros.com/hottips/HLTHSALN.PDF a pdf file, or the below one should be the html version, if link doesn't work again on the below one, don't bother to pm, I am too lazy to re-edit.

[/url][http://www.creative4pros.com/hottips/HLTHSALN.PDF+EPA+hospital-grade+disinfectants+for+salons&hl=en&ie=UTF-8[/url]

Here is a link I found last night, if it is the right one, it was the regs for a states salon regulations, very helpful, and the book is called Milady's Standard Nail Technology 4th edition.

We are learning anatomy and disorders of nails etc... Next week we have an exam on the anatomy of the leg from the knee down, every bone, nerve and muscle, well not every, the major ones. I know it is available on amazon.com

I got my first pedicure of my life today....aaaaaahhhhhhh!!

My first set of nail tips, yuk! I did a lousy job. THank goodness it was on another student. She actually salvaged them by filing them to near-death, and tonight one of the other nail techs did a pretty french manicure on her w teensy gems in the center, looked awesome.

Me? No tips yet. I am trying to recover from that bad set I had.But I have had a lovely manicure every night of school, and I chose a funky grape polish tonight and matching purple metalic for my toes.

I am having a blast in class. I am meeting some really interesting people, and I can't wait until "personal" night. The salon is closed to biz, we do each other, so I can get a nice haircut and highlights, which I need desperately!

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Thanks Hoolahan! I could not get the first one to download but will try later today.

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wow.. this is awesome! You could even go to L & D and do pedis for the patients in labor or just after birth! LOL

People think I'm crazy, but i love wounds, too! They fascinate me! I mean I could do without the smell, but to actually SEE progress.... man oh man... ain't nuthin better than to see the fruits of your labor! ;)

Good Luck!!!!

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