Resources & Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few resources that will help you with your foot care needs.

  • Four Great Reasons To Hire a Certified Foot Care Nurse
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Ingrown Nails – The B/S Brace System
  • Plantar Fasciitis – What Is It And How To Treat It
  • What is difference between a Foot Nurse and a Podiatrist
  • What is the importance of foot care?
  • Healthy at Home Senior Care
  • Wounds Canada
  • The Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses
  • British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives
Four Great Reasons To Hire a Certified Foot Care Nurse

Why should you obtain the services of a certified foot care nurse instead of going to a nail salon or spa, or from someone who does foot care on the side and can do the work at a discounted rate?

By Melanie Ramos

Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada has resources for every aspect of diabetes education. Learn about their history and how they are tied back to the discoverers of insulin, how they operate today and their vision for the future.

Ingrown Nails – The B/S Brace System

The B/S Brace System is a NON-Surgical corrective procedure that will eliminate pain and help correct the curvature of the nail. If you have painful involuted toenails, this system is a must. This system eliminates pain while correcting the nail.

Plantar Fasciitis – What Is It And How To Treat It

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of each foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting.

What is difference between a Foot Nurse and a Podiatrist

Podiatrists have a university degree in podiatric medicine and are health care professionals who diagnose and treat foot ailments. Additionally, some podiatrists have also gone through a residency program in podiatric surgery.

Foot Care Nurses are either registered or auxiliary nurses who have taken a specialized training program in foot care. Our key responsibility is to prevent problems from happening and we use practice standards and evidence garnered from a multitude of disciplines to guide our practice. We complete lower limb assessments, assess shoes and socks and gait, trim toenails, reduce toenail thickness, reduce calluses, remove corns, address fungal toenails and skin issues, help with edema control, perform a circulation-enhancing massage, reset balance and fit some shoes for diabetics and hard to fit feet. We also provide a lot of education as we work to prevent as much as possible. We do not diagnose, do surgery, or prescribe medication.

What is the importance of foot care?

Good foot care (healthy skin, nail care, and proper footwear) is very important for anyone with diabetes, because you have a greater risk of having problems with your feet (such as skin that is dry and cracked, sores, changes in foot shape). This is because diabetes damages your nerves and reduces blood flow (circulation) to your feet, which can cause serious foot problems. About 1 in 5 people with diabetes who go to the hospital do so for foot problems.

However, if you inspect and take care of your feet every day, you can prevent many of these problems.

Foot care is even more important if you have any:

  • loss of feeling, numbness, or tingling in your feet
  • changes in the shape of your feet or toes
  • sores, cuts, or ulcers on your feet
  • pain or cramps in your lower legs

If you have any of these problems and they don’t get looked after you could develop an ulcer (wound) which could lead to an amputation. ​Good foot care can lower the chances of amputation.

Healthy at Home Senior Care

We partner with Healthy at Home Services for any of your needs, visit or phone Brett at 250-859-6771. Healthy at Home has been helping seniors in the Okanagan for over 15 years. They have Housekeepers, Caregivers, CareAides and Nurses in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland and their goal is to do everything that you need to remain independent at home or in your retirement community.

Wounds Canada

Wounds Canada is the voice for Canadian people at risk of or living with wounds and their providers. Wounds Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of wound prevention and management for all Canadians. Their vision is a Canada where preventable wounds do not occur and persons living with wounds receive the best possible care.

The Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses

This is a great resource for learning all about the organization we belong to and more about our passion for foot care. The Mission of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses is to advance the practice of foot care through a collaborative and networking process for all individuals providing foot care.

British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives

You can find us here but also talk to the BCCN&M if you need. BCCNM’s legal obligation is to protect the public through the regulation of five distinct professions: licensed practical nurses (LPN), nurse practitioners (NP), registered midwives (RM), registered nurses (RN), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) in B.C. Regulation helps to protect the public by ensuring the care or service the public receives from nurses and midwives is competent, ethical and meets the standards that society views as acceptable.

A1 Foot Care & Wellness offers advanced foot care services in Kelowna, BC and area. We are locally owned and operated.
Our nurses are certified in Advanced Foot Care and are registered with the BC College of Nurses & Midwives.

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