What is Nursing Foot Care:
• A foot care nurse is a Registered Nurse or a Registered Practical Nurse, who has taken in addition to their formal training as a nurse, specialized training in foot care. They usually collaborate with a team of health care professionals to help keep a person mobile and pain-free.
• Advanced Foot Care Nurses can provide treatment to high risk clients including those with arthritis, autoimmune disorders and diabetes.
• Foot Care Nurses are primary health care providers and there is no medical referral necessary to access these services.
• The College of Nurses of Ontario governs the profession and is responsible for protecting the public, standards of practice, disciplinary issues, quality assurance and maintenance of competency.
• Foot Care Nurses in general deal with the nails and skin of the foot.
• Nursing foot care is considered a “dry treatment”, which means, there is no soaking of the feet as per the College of Nurses guidelines due to infection control purposes. The Foot Care Nurse uses an approved cleanser and nail/callus softener to achieve the same affect as soaking the feet in a basin.
• Each individual will have a specific care plan tailored to their foot care needs but it is most common for clients to have scheduled foot care treatments every 4-8 weeks.
If you have Extended Health Care (EHC) insurance you may be eligible for all or part of your treatment to be reimbursed. Your employer, human resource representative, or union will be able to provide information as to the details of your coverage for Nursing Foot Care under your EHC plan. Your receipts may also be applied as a tax deduction where applicable.
Common Conditions That Can Be Successfully Treated With Regular Foot Care Treatments:
• Reducing thick, hard, and fungal nails
• Reduction of calluses
• Removal of corns
• Treatment of ingrown toenails
• Reducing serious complications that often arise in diabetic clients
• Health teaching to promote healthy feet
About Jessica Hecktus:
· Registered Practical Nurse - RPN
· Advanced Foot Care Nurse - AFCN
Jessica is a Registered Practical Nurse and is a member in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO). She graduated from Conestoga College in 2008 and is certified in Basic and Advanced Foot Care.
With her extensive years of nursing experience, Jessica has seen many cases of neglected feet. These cases are often due to problems with accessibility, poor vision, circulation problems or diabetes. Fortunately, most foot problems are avoidable with the proper preventative care and maintenance. Jessica believes that the option to have regular foot care treatments offers the potential for improved mobility, reduced pain, and a higher quality of life. Her main focus is to provide the highest quality of foot care as the first line of defense against foot issues that can ultimately affect someone’s overall health and wellness.
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!
Jessica is currently available Mondays and Wednesdays.
No referral required.
Call 519-662-4441 to schedule your appointment today.