Getting a pedicure can be a nice and relaxing way to treat yourself, but if you require more than aesthetic treatment, you may benefit from foot care nursing services. The main difference between a pedicure and foot care is that pedicures include physical enhancements like nail polish or gentle massage whereas nursing foot care treats patients with health issues. Nail technicians and spa employees may be registered massage therapists, however, they are not necessarily licensed nurses providing professional foot care nursing services.
Who Needs Nursing Foot Care?
Foot health is an integral component of overall vitality and well-being. Many people suffer from painful foot conditions that require professional and regular care to prevent further complications, or in the case of severe wounds, infection, and amputation.
Nursing foot care is helpful to all people who require foot care services and who are otherwise unable to provide themselves with adequate self-care. Anyone with a health concern or foot-related health issue can benefit from seeking nursing foot care. According to the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses, many foot care patients share these common health conditions:
- Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
Types of Foot Care Services
Certified foot care nurses have received vigorous training in the following practices:
- Callus and corn removal
- Nail trimming and filing (to help prevent ingrown toenails) for patients who are unable to perform this task themselves. For instance, in cases of nerve damage, arthritis, etc.
- Full professional assessment of the patient’s foot condition
- Identification of potential foot health problems and appropriate care to prevent infection
- Helping patients by providing education for ongoing self-care and selecting appropriate footwear
Nursing Foot Care does NOT include the following services:
- Foot massage
- Nail polish application or removal
- Acupuncture or Acupressure
Closing the Gap is committed to providing our clients with professional nursing foot care. We treat symptomatic foot issues, as well as help patients provide routine hygiene care. If you or a family member requires nursing foot care, please don’t hesitate to book your appointment today, or contact us to find a location nearest you.