AFCNA Statement on continued foot care practice
during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I have made the decision to cancel all of my clinics thru at least the end of May. We all work with patients who have multiple risk factors. I don’t feel that it’s safe for them, or us, to continue practice.
This is a financial hardship to us as business owners. And I’m very sorry for that. But with the exception of grossly infected ingrowns, we don’t deal with critical care. And those grossly infected nails should be seen by a provider or podiatrist anyway. It is beyond a nurse’s scope of practice. Many of our patients have thick, wide, long nails that are uncomfortable in shoes. They often get minor inflammation and minor infections. But they are also under quarantine in many parts of the United States. So with their ambulation significantly curtailed, the risk of it progressing to a severe infection is minimal.
They would like to see us. And we certainly have an important role in maintaining their health and activity level.
But how horrible would we feel if we possibly transmitted the virus to our at risk patients. I don’t think that it’s even a close call. I strongly believe that we need to cancel our clinics until it is safe for us and for our wonderful clients/patients.
Dr. Julia Overstreet, DPM, FAPWCA
Diabetic Foot Specialist
Wound care Specialist
The American Foot Care Nurses Association was founded
With changes in the US Healthcare system, it is increasingly important to expand avenues of care to under-served communities. And by its very nature ... those requiring basic "Routine" foot care are under-served!!
that services such as "Routine Foot Care" be provided by other qualified providers.
Nurses, PAs and other clinical staff are reaching out to obtain the education and training needed to fill the gap
and provide this critical care. Our organization has been formed in an attempt to provide a forum for nurses and other providers of routine foot care. This will allow communication, cooperative learning, and an increase in understanding of best practice protocols and procedures.
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Foot Care Nurse
If you are someone looking for a professional foot care provider -
Our Members are care providers who can help you with your routine foot care. They can handle the thickest toenails and roughest calluses!!!Our Members are not Foot Doctors - Podiatrists. You should visit your Doctor or Podiatrist regularly.
But we are here to help you with your "routine" foot care needs such as thick, elongated toenails and
corns & calluses!
We are foot care providers who have joined forces to advance the practice of foot care through a collaborative and networking process for all foot care providers.
If we come together and share our resources, our experiences and our passions, we will always provide the best care for our patients!
Certification represents a commitment to being involved in the changing role of the foot care nurse in treatment and healthcare standards.
Nurses who achieve certification commit to a national foot care standard of professional competence that demonstrates their understanding of Basic and Advanced foot care in area of nursing practice.
***Only Nurses and other qualified Medical Professionals can qualify for Certification
Foot Care Nurse Certification gives National recognition to competence in Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot Care.