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AWARDED 2020 OBIAA BUSINESS GRANT

Posted on September 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM

AWARDED 2020 OBIAA BUSINESS GRANT!

 

We would like to congratulate Janis Boudreau, CEO of Advanced Foot Care Nurse and Wellness Centre Inc. for successfully being awarded today, a large grant to further grow and improve her business for the year.

 

Grant monies will be allocated for media, business branding, advertising, website improvements and digital marketing management!

 

The application process included completed online education, a detailed business development plan creation and photos of the outside storefront shop were required.

What a great experience and it will be a pleasure spending the grant money this year.


Diabetic Neuropathy

Posted on July 11, 2020 at 12:15 AM

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

 

Peripheral neuropathy is damage of the peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nerves are the nerves that travel to your arms and legs. When the nerves are damaged, they don't function properly. People with peripheral neuropathy have decreased or abnormal sensation in their toes and fingers. Sometimes, they develop problems moving these parts of the body as well.

 

Symptoms:

The most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting or stabbing pain in the toes and/or fingertips. Any change in sensation in the fingers or toes may be a symptom of peripheral neuropathy. Be sure to report any abnormal sensations to your doctor. Those sensations may be the first sign of another problem, such as diabetes.

 

Causes:

In the United States, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy within their lifetime.

 

* Certain medications, including some chemotherapy drugs.

Heredity. Some people have a family history of peripheral neuropathy.

* Advanced age. Peripheral neuropathy is more common as people age.

* Arthritis. Certain type of arthritis, especially involving the back, can cause peripheral neuropathy.

* Alcoholism. According to the US National Library of Medicine, up to half of all long-term heavy alcohol users develop peripheral neuropathy.

* Neurological disorders. Certain neurological disorders, including spina bifida and fibromyalgia, are associated with peripheral neuropathy.

Injury. Acute injury to the peripheral nerves may also cause peripheral neuropathy.

 

MEDI PEDI a better pedicure...

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM

IT’S TIME FOR A BETTER PEDICURE

 

A MEDI-PEDI IS A NONINVASIVE, MEDICAL-GRADE PEDICURE THAT FOCUSES ON THE HYGIENIC AND AESTHETIC CARE OF THE TOENAILS AND SOLES OF THE FEET.

 

Combining the knowledge and skills of podiatry with the indulgent experience of beauty therapy, MediPedi is a first of its kind concept.

 

We also have a amazing Nail Technician and Medipedi services in our office for those without health issues complications, who do not require a foot nurse but want a safe and sterile pedicure.

 

BE PREVENTATIVE!

 

Not only are you guaranteed that the equipment is sterile, but there are professional foot nursing staff on hand, just in case they are needed for your feet and can be brought in your treatment room.

 

Clean, cut, file, hot towels, massage, toxin free polishes with disposable brushes is heaven for keeping those toes safe and healthy!

Protective Foot Care Services

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 12:15 AM

PROTECTED FOOT CARE SERVICES

 

We are currently offering Foot Care Nursing HOME VISITS and our Foot Care OFFICE is open 3 days a week for those in need of getting those feet done!

 

We are exceeding all new mandated regulations for personal protective equipment and disinfecting our rooms and equipment inbetween clients!

 

Yours and Our safety is the priority!

 

What Changes Have We Made...

* Clients will only be allowed in the clinic one at a time. They will wait in their car for their turn. Waiting room is closed. We will ask you to wear a mask if you have one and sanitize your hands upon arrival.We will also take your temperature.

* Nurses for home appointments will wear FULL PPE and sanitize all equipment in between clients. All Nurses report their temperature daily to office.

* 2-step COVID-19 Screening completed. A passive screen call before your appointment and a 2nd assertive screening at point of care.

We offer the required individual treatment room with a clear divider installed between patient and nurse while care is performed.

* We are using a screening tool to decide foot care urgency.

* The receptionist also has a clear barrier installed. Please feel safe with us!

* All staff wears full PPE, gloves, gown, mask and eye shields and we always have gold standard disinfection and sterilization procedures for all equipment and tools being used.

* We have improved our ventilation system in the office to increase air flow.

* We have strict Public Health directives and guidelines we follow with pride.

Come and feel safe getting your feet done!

Who, How and Where?

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 9:30 AM

You should never be afraid to ask WHO, HOW AND WHERE are the tools that are being used on your feet being cleaned!

 

We are very proud of our state of the art "Clean Room". This is our place where policies and procedures are followed to steam sterilize by autoclave all of our equipment used to perform foot care.

 

We know how easy it could be to transmit a nasty bacteria or virus. Our clients are at risk and could be susceptible, so your safety is top priority. We test our equipment and processes and thorough documentation us done.

 

Our Best practice for Instruments for foot care would be they are deemed "critical" and should be cleaned per PHO regulations and in a private inspected reprocessing room in a commercial business location.

 

We meet and exceed!

Our Nurses have all taken a reprocessing course and have a Diploma Device Reprocessing Technician on staff.

Gold practice standards is what Advanced Foot Care Nurse is all about.

 

We love and care about how we provide care.

Is It a Callus or a Corn?

Posted on January 10, 2020 at 9:25 AM

 Corns and calluses are hard, painful areas of skin that often develop on the feet in response to pressure or friction.

They happen when the skin tries to protect an underlying area from injury, pressure, or rubbing.

They are more common among people who wear ill-fitting shoes, who wear no socks, have sweaty feet, and those who stand for long periods each day.

They come with the presence of foot and toe deformalities, there is almost always presence of a callus or corn if not offloaded properly. People with certain deformities of the foot, such as hammer toes, overlapping toes, and bunions are prone. 

They occur from have excessive pressure on feet from weight or high heels

They affect women more than men.

They can feel like your walking on a stone.

 

Facts about corns and calluses

Corns have a distinct, often hard, center, which may be surrounded by inflamed skin.

Corns can be painful when pressed, but calluses are not usually painful.

Calluses are usually larger than corns, and they vary in shape, while corns tend to be smaller, round and well-defined.

Lifestyle and clothing changes can help prevent corns and calluses.

Corns and calluses are not contagious but may become painful if they get too thick. In people with diabetes or decreased circulation, they can lead to more serious foot problems.

If a corn or callus becomes very inflamed or painful, the patient should seek medical advice.

Patients with poor circulation, fragile skin, or nerve problems and numbness in the feet should talk to their doctors before treating corns and calluses at home.

People with diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and peripheral arterial disease need to be particularly watchful.


Corns and calluses are not the same thing

Corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. Corns tend to develop on the top and sides, and even between your toes, and can be painful when pressed.

Calluses are rarely painful. They usually develop on the soles of your feet, especially under the heels or balls, on your palms, or on your knees.


Why does it keep coming back?

Clients often expect after one foot care treatment that the problem has been resolved. Then they notice at the 2 week mark it starts to come back. Why? Because we need to get a long term treatment plan to address THE CAUSE. In most cases this could be offloading the area daily with padding, getting a custom orthotic made to help correct the way you walk and pressure distributution.


How does Advanced Foot Care Nurse treat calluses and corns?

The nurse will examine the feet, ask the person about their lifestyle, and they will check their footwear. A gait analysis will be performed for future comparison. A 3D image of the foot structure will also be taken. 

 A nurse will remove some of the hard skin that surrounds the corn so that the center of it can be removed and provide immediate relief. A callus is painlessly removed by scalpel or podiatry burr. The underlying areas are assessed for concern of ulcer prevention. 

The nurse will refer the cleint to a physician or podiatrist when needed as part of the health team, for xrays and further testing if required.

A client centred plan is developed to reduce the return of the corn or callus. Onsite offloading, orthopedic shoes, or custom orthotics may be the answer. We also discuss using professional UREA based creams or foams to reduce the skin build up to the area safely.




How Compression Socks Work

Posted on January 5, 2020 at 1:50 PM

How Compression Socks Work:

 

If you suffer from varicose veins and spider veins, you know firsthand the frustration of dealing with fatigue, swelling, itching, burning, and leg cramps. Compression socks help reduce the symptoms of painful varicose veins and when worn faithfully, they slow the progression of vein disease. However, compression alone does not correct the underlying vein problem.

 

Compression socks promote the venous blood flow from the feet back toward the heart overcoming the effects of gravity. Medical grade graduated compression is designed to be stronger in the feet and gradually diminish in pressure as they extend up the calf into the thigh. Properly designed and fitted compression legwear prevent venous blood pooling in the legs and feet, improve leg symptoms, and decrease the risk of blood clots.

 

The Time & Place For Compression Socks

 

If you have symptomatic vein disease, you should wear compression when you are up and about, except for bathing. There is no need to wear them when in bed, but you should put them on when you wake up in the morning before getting out of bed. If you wait until later in the morning to put on your socks, the blood will already begin to pool in the lower legs and feet making your symptoms worse.

 

Medical grade graduated compression comes in different prescriptive levels based on the degree of compression ranging 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40 mmHg. Our certified fitters will assist you in the proper care of your compression socks and the best way to put them on and take them off.

 

On the other hand, what about the folks who are lucky enough to not suffer from varicose veins? We believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Wearing compression socks is one of our Healthy Legs for Life principles along with regular exercise, healthy weight management, elevation of your legs, and saving your high heels for special occasions. We recommend wearing compression even if you have no signs or symptoms of varicose or spider veins.

 

Not Just For Grandma Anymore!

 

Gone are the days of Grandma’s ugly rubber compression hose. New fabric designs have revolutionized the compression market. They now come in great colors and styles including sheer fabric, different flesh tones, open-toe and closed-toe styles, knee high, thigh high, and panty hose.

 

With advances in weaving mechanisms, the leading medical grade compression hose manufacturers have introduced a number of new products. There are now compression socks for most any occasion: work, sports, and an evening out.

 

We offer Certified Fitting appointments In office and Home Appointments. We also bill Greenshield directly. We will also offer a instore credit while you wait for your insurance compnay to reimburse you. No money out of pocket!

 

Give your certifed compression fitter a call!

 

 

"What is being used on my feet?"

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 10:35 AM

One of the most important questions we should be asking ourselves is "What is bing used on my feet?" and "How is that being cleaned?"

 

We love our spas and our nail techs... But.... Are they following best practice guidelines for foot care tools?

 

Have you ever been soaking in your comfy massage chair, while soaking your feet in a tub that has just sprayed in between clients and your now sharing whatever was in the tubes of that system. Not Fun and scary for your foot health! We call that "FUNGAL SOUP" yummy...

 

How about talking to the lovely lady sitting beside, then happening to look down and see her giant yellow thick fungal nails. You start to breath heavy... Then you see the nail tech place the tools used on her in some quick liquid soak and under some weird microwave machine with led lights. Oh Boy!

 

These are all things that you should be concerned about. Infections of the skin and nail can easily be transmitted to others or YOU!

 

We at AFCN follow the stricted gold standards and Public Health guideleines. We have a sterilization room. All our tools are precleaned, go thru a ultrasonic cleaner, then individually packaged into a Autoclave. We test our autoclave daily with Biological Indicators. We also use Level 5 indicators with each load every time. We have policies and procedure manuals and directives in place. ALL FOR YOU. We want your feet and health safe.

 

Its very costly to follow the rules for tools set out by Public Health. It requires a very expensive autoclave, packaging, indicators and pilicies as well as the dedicated time to process. ALL of our staff has taken the reprocessing course. We also have A diploma Reprocessing Technician on staff.

 

Aot of places or even other foot care nurses or clininc may therefore not be doing what they are supposed to. I urge you to ask to see the logs and evidence of a clean room to sterilize their tools. Ask them their employment history. 5 Foot care clinic in Windsor/Essex County were shutdown, those foot nurse contracted providers are out there somewhere lol.

 

Cheers to healthy and safe feet.

 

 

OMG it hurts, cut off that toe!

Posted on November 1, 2019 at 4:15 PM

It is the DREADED ingrown nail. The one that hurts even if the sheets just barely come across it. It throbs. It is its own entity lol.

There are just so many options out there.

First and foremost, see a physician! Especially if its infected or oozing... It may be time for a antibiotic and then we can start.

Our business uses steam sterilized and individually packaged tools, ALWAYS. Why? because why in the hell would you ever want to risk your toe, foot or ebven your life!!! Dont let unqualified spa, beauty or your mom or spouse to start digging away.

At our office we assess, and non invasively treat ingrowns. We have a special method using some of the best products and a nurses gentle touch.

We use a special expoxy resin system to cast the toe to maintain healthy, normal growth pattern and stop the nai from growing inward. Once it grows out..Magic, its perfect!

If we feel that this system or care plan will not work for you then we refer you for surgery to a podiatrist. But thats our last resort. The surgery can be painful recovering and costly.

We are very good with our foot care tools, tehniques and podiatry burrs to maintain a professionally cut nail and thinned down sides to maintain a good cut that works for you. Its all about the "technique"

 


Orthotics??? Really?

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 4:45 PM

Hi everyone,

We are excited to offer a really great custom orthotic in our office. 

How?

We see our clients feet every 6 weeks, socks off, for 45 minutes. We complete a very thourough lower limb assessmnet and then " the nurse experience" steps in... WE TALK TO OUR CLIENTS lol. You heard me, thats right. We listen to our clients genuinely describe what is going on with their feet and we dont rush them. There is no 10 minute appt window they are given. We bring together all the information, plus what we see and include our treatment plan we have been following for their foot care in the art of these orthotics. As foot nurses we see the offloading that needs to happen. We treat the calluses, corns and tissue damge resulting from poorly aligned feet!

We happily book them with our resident Chiropracter who has a different skill set to add to the best orthotics we can produce! Over 2 appts they are assessed and fit with our wonderful and compassionate DR. Stephanie. DR. Stef handles all the billing and fun stuff, making it easier for our clients The Nurse is included in all aspects of helping to create these orthotics for their clients. Who better to help than the ACTUAL provider of the foot care.

This is a great collaboration of different field of expertiese coming together for our clients health!


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