In the world of foot care options, nursing foot care is a trusted, professional, convenient choice for discerning healthcare consumers. Among the various alternatives available, only Registered Nurses possess considerable nursing knowledge and expertise in order to provide timely, holistic care which considers the well-being of the entire person.
As a Registered Nurse specializing in foot care, I hold a Certificate in Advanced Nursing Foot Care from an accredited educational institution. As well, I update my skills and knowledge through continuing education for Foot Care Nurses. The College of Nurses of Ontario, the Canadian Nurses Association and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario regulate my practice as a Certified Foot Care Nurse and require that I adhere to Standards of Practice that apply to Registered Nurses, Certified Foot Care Nurses and Registered Nurses in independent practice.
As a Certified Foot Care Nurse, I believe in the importance of quality foot care as an integral aspect of my clients’ health. I recognize that my clients may face certain challenges that make it difficult for them to care for their own feet. Changes in vision, flexibility, hand strength, coordination and mental acuity may make personal foot care onerous.
Conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, vascular disease and other degenerative conditions affect the health of the feet. These conditions will often cause pain, nerve damage, skin problems, as well as circulation deficits. All of these affect the health and appearance of the feet as well as a person’s ability to use them. I am able to address, in a non-invasive way, problems which may develop. I typically address concerns regarding thickened and fungal nails, corns, callouses, bunions, nerve and circulation deficits, athlete’s foot and other matters.
As a Registered Nurse, I strive to prevent further foot problems for my clients and to address current issues. To that end, part of my care consists of providing clear and simple health teaching which allows my clients or their families to better care for their feet between nursing visits. If needed, I can also make referrals to other healthcare providers.
Clients who regularly receive nursing foot care express an increased sense of comfort and well-being. The health and appearance of the feet are restored so that the client may once again participate in social activities and activities of daily living because their feet no longer cause discomfort, pain and embarassment. The client or their family is empowered and satisified.