Simply Foot Health

Simply Foot Health welcomes you

My name is Daiva Pearson and I am a professional mobile Foot Health Practitioner.

I cover Margate, Cliftonville,  Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Westgate, Birchington and  surrounding areas tending to people’s feet and keeping them in good condition.

Having qualified from the SMAE Institute (This is affiliated with Queen Margaret University) based in Margate, I am accredited by the MCFHP (member of the open college of foot health professionals) and a member of MAFHP (member of the association of Foot health practitioners).

As a Foot Health Practitioner I care for people’s feet

I chose to change my career from being in an office on a daily basis to one that I can move about more. I believe in the importance of mobility at any age and wanted to be a part of helping make that happen for others. You could say that finally I’m living the dream. 

It’s difficult to explain but I truly have a passion for foot health care! The satisfaction when you’ve helped someone get out of pain or walk better is amazing. 

We use our feet every day, so it’s really important that we look after them otherwise we’ll regret it as we get older. 

Daiva Pearson - Simply Foot Health practitioner
Daiva Pearson – Foot Health practitioner

Treatments I am offering

  • Toe Nail Cutting (fingernails at extra cost)
  • Callus and Corn Removal
  • Fungal Treatment
  • Cracked Heels and Fissures
  • Verrucas
  • Diabetic Foot Assessment (Neurovascular assessment)

I am fully trained, competent and qualified to provide the services listed above, therefore your feet are safe with me.

If you require specialist podiatrist services  I can personally recommend you to a fully qualified professional podiatrist Colin Hopper at East Kent Podiatry Service in Ramsgate.  The clinic is located in Marlowe Innovation Centre on Marlowe Way, Ramsgate, CT12 6FA.

 I am fully insured and DBS checked

Simply Foot Health – here for you

I am here to help you to care for your feet, give you advice, helpful tips and I can even assist you to choose the correct footwear and foot care products.

Contact me today and let’s get your feet back to beautiful

Treatments and prices

Nail Cutting

Cutting nails correctly is important in preventing future problems. It can also be troublesome to people with failing eyesight or poor mobility.

Callus and Corn Removal

Corns are specific areas of pain and are mostly found on the ball of the foot, tops and between toes.  Callus is a general layer of thick hard skin.  Both conditions can be treated and relief from discomfort is immediate

Fungal Treatment

Fungal problems can affect skin or nails and can be unsightly.  Skin can become itchy red and flaky, whilst nails can become brown and crumbling and thickened.  The nails may need to be reduced for treatment to work efficiently.

Cracked Heels and Fissures

Although this may be seen as a cosmetic problem, severe cracks in the skin can occur through several layers of the skin.  This can be very painful, and sometimes get infected.

Verrucas

These are caused by a virus. Sometimes appearing on high pressure areas of the foot these can be painful.  Verrucas can be managed until the body recognises the virus and they disappear. 

Diabetic Foot Assessment

People with diabetes have more of a tendency for complications. I am fully trained to carry out a neurovascular assessment for a person suffering with diabetes.

Daiva Pearson foot health practitioner
Daiva Pearson foot health practitioner

What you can expect at a Foot Health Appointment:

 
  • Questions about your medical history and any particular concerns about your feet that you may have
  • An examination of your feet with an explanation of my planned treatment
  • Neurovascular assessment for diabetic feet
  • Your treatment e.g. callus reduction, corn removal or nail trimming
  • A relaxing foot massage to finish
  • Advice and recommendations on foot care and footwear. 

 Consultation & Treatment £25.00

NB:  I may allow 45 minutes to an hour for your appointment
Price includes any dressings or paddings. 
 
Discounts are available for couples or groups of clients. Please ask at time of booking.
 
Contact me to arrange a home visit/appointment 

07984259130

 

 
 
 
 

Diabetic Foot Care

The Diabetic’s Do’s and Don’ts


Diabetics are often more susceptible to infections that don’t heal, poor circulation, known as peripheral vascular disease and numbness in the feet, known as peripheral neuropathy. High blood sugar makes the skin a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, a dangerous situation if you can’t feel
injuries to your feet. Because an infection that doesn’t heal can lead to serious complications it is essential that the diabetic patient prevents infections with careful foot care.

Diabetic feet require special care and attention. The following recommendations are all important and necessary. They have been designed to help you establish a daily routine to care for your feet and to avoid, rather than invite trouble that can lead to more serious problems including ulcers,
infections, gangrene, loss of toe or toes, and in some cases, loss of life.

The ‘Do’ List


DO wash your feet daily in warm, but not hot water. Test the temperature of the water with the elbow or a thermometer – not the hand, which may also be affected. Use soap, not detergent or an emulsion prescribed by your GP if the skin is excessively dry. Dry the feet thoroughly with a soft towel, patting rather than rubbing the skin. Ensure that you have dried thoroughly between your
toes.

DO use an emollient based foot cream to massage your feet morning and night to keep the skin soft and smooth.

Examine your feet thoroughly on a daily basis. Inspect all surfaces of the foot, check between the toes for cracks, corns, blisters etc. Use a mirror on the floor to see underneath the foot if this
helps. If you cannot see well enough to do this for yourself, ask the assistance of someone who can.

ALWAYS have your Foot Health Practitioner or Podiatrist/Chiropodist trim your nails because an ingrown nail or even the slightest nick in the skin from nail scissors or an abrasion to the skin can lead to a serious infection.

DO see your Foot Health Practitioner or Podiatrist/Chiropodist at least once a month to two months at the very most. These visits depend on you and the severity of your diabetes.

DO seek the help of your GP, Foot Health Practitioner or Podiatrist/Chiropodist if you discover a
problem. Apply a mild antiseptic and a clean bandage as necessary.

DO ask your GP to prescribe a safe foot powder or soak if your feet perspire excessively. Alternatively speak to your local pharmacist, they are just as good as you family doctor.

DO change your socks or hosiery daily for fresh, clean items, which should be free of darns, holes or prominent seams. Be sure your socks fit properly and comfortably and do not cramp the toes. The best socks to wear are wool, cotton or nylon-blend.

DO wear soft leather shoes that have sufficient room within and beware of discontinuities such as stitching and decorative features that might cause rubbing of the foot. Before putting your shoes on, check them inside to ensure they are free from stones or sharp edges that may cause injury.
Your shoes should fit properly and comfortably with no points of irritation. It is also best to avoid high boots as these are likely to constrict the lower leg circulation.

DO rotate the shoes you wear to allow them to dry out after you have worn them. It can take 24 hours for your shoe to completely dry out from either perspiration or wet weather so do not wear the same pair every day. Fungus can thrive in the damp, dark and warm crevices inside the shoe.

DO protect your legs and feet from the sun to avoid burning, and protect them against the cold and chilblains.

Get plenty of exercise to stimulate circulation, control your diet and take your medication as prescribed. Avoid tobacco and caffeine as these impair circulation.

The ‘Don’t’ List


DO NOT sit on a problem, but instead seek the help of your GP, Foot Health Practitioner or Podiatrist/Chiropodist.  Read this carefully and share with your friends and close ones.

DO NOT trim your own nails and NEVER try to treat the simplest foot problem on your own, even a corn or callus, as this could lead to an infection.

DO NOT cut down the sides of the nail or poke anything under or down the sides of the nail. If you have difficulty in cutting your nails you should seek the help of a Foot Health Practitioner or Podiatrist/Chiropodist. It is not advisable to let a helpful neighbour or friend to do this for you. The risk is too great to trust any but a properly trained person to assist you in this matter.

DO NOT use chemicals or lotions or creams that have a drying effect on the skin.

Never use creams between the toes as this can make the area moist which can then lead to fungal infections or corns.

DO NOT use any over the counter medications on your feet, for example, corn or callus medications or antiseptics, unless they are prescribed for you. Some corn and callus remedies contain salicylic acid which can burn the skin and this can lead to serious complications such as ulceration.

DO NOT walk barefoot, because it is easy to stub a toe or step on splinters or other objects and if you have loss of sensation in your feet you will not feel them or any injuries you may incur. Wear slippers and shoes and in public swimming baths always wear flip flops.

DO NOT wear shoes that are too tight and avoid those made of plastic, patent leather, or other synthetic materials as they are not porous or flexible enough. This could lead to irritation and or circulatory problems.

DO NOT wear second hand shoes as fungal infections can be transmitted from other people’s footwear.  You can buy new shoes these days at a fraction of the price.

DO NOT wear circular garters or socks with a tight top band. Consequently don’t  wear support hosiery unless prescribed. These items will constrict your feet and inhibit circulation.

DO NOT warm your feet in front of a fire and do not use hot water bottles, electric blankets or foot spas.  You might not feel the heat and burn.

DO NOT use fish spas/pedicures as there is a high risk of cross infection from the fish tank water for the diabetic patient.

ACT IMMEDIATELY if you spot the following danger signs and seek immediate medical advice from your GP, Diabetes Nurse or Podiatrist/Chiropodist.

Swelling
Changes in the colour of the skin (in white skin – pink or redness, brown or black skin may become darker)
Sores or cuts that do not heal
Fissures that exude pus
Skin that feels hot to touch
Pain in the foot
Difficulty in moving the foot

These signs could indicate poor circulation, an infection, or the early stages of an ulcer or gangrene.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:-
This document is provided for information only. The information is NOT a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other health care professional. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment. “Simply Foot Health” is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for ANY form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information contained in or implied by the
information in this document.

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