APRN? CNP? CFCS? What does it all mean?

Foot Care Professionals is staffed by a highly trained nurse practitioner and certified foot care specialist passionate about increasing access to foot care and providing foot care education in our southeastern Minnesota community.  We hope to grow to meet the needs of our clients, in office or in home.  Our clients literally walk out of their appointment feeling better than when they walked in!  We are committed to providing safe, high-quality foot care, individualized for your unique foot structure.  Between the back, the hips, the knees, thick curvy toenails, painful calluses, vision problems, hand dexterity problems, and neurological issues, we all need help managing our foot care eventually.  We are here to help!  We trim and thin toenails, remove calluses, and provide guidance on managing your foot concerns.

YES- there’s someone who does that!

Call today for an appointment 507-269-7827.  Day, evening, or weekend appointments are available, InHome or InOffice.

How to Choose Shoes

Your shoes are your wheels. You don’t put bad tires on your car. Don’t put bad “tires” on your body. Our bodies need all the support they can get to carry on our independent living activities. In the medical world, shoes are actually considered a medical device. They are taken quite seriously as a contributor to your mobility, your safety, and your overall health.

Quick summary: Choose shoes that are wide enough, long enough, and tall enough for the feet you have now – not the feet you had when you were 20!

Considerations:

There are no 2 feet alike on this planet- not even on the same person!

It is important to find shoes that match your unique foot structure: *the right height *the right width *the right length *the right material (mesh-top versus leather) *the right seams (no pressure on your bunions or hammertoes) *supportive heel counter. If you can fold your shoe in half, it’s a glorified slipper! Very little support for your bone structure.

If you look down at your shoe and you can see your bones sticking out, they are too small.

Our feet continually change over time. As the arches start coming down in our mid-40s, the feet get longer and wider. Men typically will go up 2-3 shoe sizes over a lifetime. Women typically will go up 1-2 shoe sizes over a lifetime. It’s not your imagination- your foot is changing! As the foot pads thin, and the skin thins, and the gait changes, your shoes become your protection and stability.

Choosing shoes is an investment in your mobility and prevents painful pressure. If your feet hurt, everything hurts. These basic tips will help keep your feet supported so you can maximize your activities and minimize your pain!

This information is presented for you by Foot Care Professionals – helping YOU live well with YOUR feet! Call us if you need help managing your toenails or calluses. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available, in-office or in-home.

Call 507-269-7827 for appointment

Travel tips for spring

As spring arrives, Foot Care Professionals would like to share with you some useful tips to care for your feet when traveling.

1: Bring 2-3 pairs of supportive, comfortable shoes and rotate them during the day. Each pair of shoes has different pressure points, so rotating them will diffuse any pressure that builds up.

2: Keep in mind your activity pattern will be out of your norm- you may be walking more, walking more hills, etc. Bring appropriate supportive shoe gear, and you may even wish to consider walking sticks and a first aid kit with Bandaids, silicone tape (if you are prone to pressure points), foam toe cushions, or nonmedicated corn pads. An ounce of prevention saves a LOT of pain later.

3: Inspect your feet a couple times during the day, especially if you are diabetic. It literally only takes a couple hours to form a blister, which can affect your walking for days to come.

4: Keep your socks dry- you may need to change them during the day if humidity or activity result in increased perspiration. Compression hose are always a great idea for any trip, especially if swelling is an issue.

5: Don’t forget to apply cream to the feet at night to ensure the skin remains supple and able to handle the days’ activities. Dry skin is more prone to cracks and breakdown which lead to heel fissures, ulcerated calluses, or trauma.

6: Ideally, have your foot care taken care of prior to a trip so toenails aren’t too long and calluses pared appropriately. This can help prevent an ingrown toenail or ulcerated callus during your trip. I also recommend doing this prior to surgery so you can focus on your recovery rather than worrying about how you’re going to reach your feet afterward.

7: Have a great time, secure in the knowledge your feet will take care of you if you take care of them!

Feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions or concerns 507-269-7827.

Bon voyage!

Common Questions

This week marks the one month anniversary of the opening of Foot Care Professionals in a brick and mortar office- the transition from a mobile foot care service to expanding a new service line.

This presents an opportunity to answer some common questions that have come up.

What do I do? In a nutshell, I care for soles, and souls. As a certified foot care specialist, I care for your feet. Specifically, trim and thin (if needed) toenails, and remove calluses. As a nurse practitioner, I also assess the circulation, nerves, skin, bone structure, and pressure points of your feet. Since no two feet on this planet are the same, not even on the same person, it helps to know what you can do to support your “wheels.” This can be either in prevention of future issues or addressing current concerns that are hurting.

Also as a nurse, I strongly believe in empowering people to continue to live the most active life possible, and often there are things that cause pain in the feet that can be helped or even prevented. Personally, I believe in the dignity of the human spirit and its innate power to heal itself when given an optimal environment. Through my previous experience in transplant, cancer, and podiatry work, I have developed a deep respect for what our bodies can recover from, if only given the chance. My mission is to maintain and support the feet each person uniquely has however possible, so they can keep living their life with optimal pain control, mobility, and prevention of complications such as ulcers and ingrown toenails.


Do you take insurance? The short answer is no.

The long answer is “here’s why:” routine foot care is not covered by Medicare, and everybody needs help with their feet eventually. Those high risk patients that are covered are not reimbursed adequately for the work required. Callus care is not covered by Medicare, and of course, that is what actually leads to foot ulcers. Lastly, medical costs in general are high to help compensate for the poor Medicare reimbursement. I am trying to keep costs down and affordable for EVERYONE, not just high risk patients, since EVERYONE will need help eventually.

As a small business, I do not have the advantage of off-setting inadequate reimbursement with more lucrative procedures such as surgeries and expensive medical treatments.

My goal is to support the person- my patients. I also aim to improves access to foot care services, which are inadequate in part due to poor reimbursement. I work for my patients, not for Medicare. I plan to grow this business to meet the needs of our community, unfettered by poor reimbursement.

So…I have carefully constructed a fee structure that covers the supplies, instruments, disinfecting and sterilization process, time, teaching, legalities, ongoing medical training, and office expenses required to provide a high level of personalized care and foot care maintenance. Hopefully that seems logical. I definitely encourage questions and open discussion! Feel free to call me at 507-269-7827 or stop by!

I’d like to thank everyone who has stopped by, received care, and supported Foot Care Professionals thus far. How invigorating is has been to meet with so many patients, local businesses, health care providers, directors, groups, and learning the process of how we can meet the foot care needs of our community.

I welcome any ideas or feedback you may have we continue to develop new service lines in the community! Foot Care Professionals can be contacted by phone/text at 507-269-7827 or email footcareprofessionalsllc@gmail.com.

Foot Care Now Available!

Foot Care Professionals is now open at 125 Live room 112!

We offer toenail and callus care to help YOU maintain your mobility, prevent pain, and prevent complications of ulcer and ingrown toenail.

125 Live is located at 125 Elton Hills Drive NW Rochester, MN. You need not be a 125 Live member to receive foot care, although 125 Live members receive a 25% discount.

Appointments can be scheduled on the sign-up sheet outside the door, by calling/texting Sheila at 507-269-7827, emailing footcareprofessionalsllc@gmail.com or just walk on in- watch for the open door!

Hours will be posted outside the door and on this website and updated frequently. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available. If listed times are not convenient for you, please call Sheila at 507-269-7827 to discuss additional options.

In-home care will continue to be offered as well for those who are not able to travel or prefer foot care in the comfort of their own home.

Payment can be with cash, check, or credit card, and is requested day of service. Please be advised that Sheila has opted-out of Medicare coverage since it does not cover routine foot care, and has limited coverage those needing care. This keeps prices affordable for people of all ages and health conditions who need care.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Special Thanks!

Special thanks to Karen Hanson of Home Instead home health care and the Rochester, MN Chamber of Commerce for extending a warm welcome on a chilly Minnesota morning at an energetic, enlightening AM Espresso! It was nice meeting everyone and hearing about our vibrant community resources.

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Coming soon – as in January 24, 2022!

Foot Care Professionals LLC will have an official home base for foot care in-office. We will be based out of Rochester’s 125 Live Facility, lower level room 112.

In-home care will also continue to be offered to help meet the needs of our area seniors.

Appointments can be scheduled through the sign-up sheet at the door as of 1/24/2022, or by calling Sheila at 507-269-7827.