Feet First: Promoting Overall Health with Foot Care

Feet can be an indicator of your overall health. Regular medical foot care can spot early signs of serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders. Our providers can help you avoid falls and stay mobile, too!

Much More than a Pedicure

Foot care with Colorado Visiting Nurse Association allows patients to receive preventative care and discuss their health with a medical professional. Our nurses build relationships with our foot care clinic patients. These repeat visits let us look at health changes over time, and we can provide referrals for physicians or support systems.

What Does a Medical Foot Exam Include?

  • Medication review
  • Foot exam, including inspection for any discoloration, swelling, redness, warmth, cuts, scrapes, corns, calluses, or other changes of the foot, ankle, and leg below the knee
  • Screening for neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Monitoring blood pressure
  • Checking your circulation by taking your “pedal”, or foot, pulse
  • Assessing and monitoring chronic diseases including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis
  • Individual health coaching and education

Self-Care Tips for Your Feet

  • Examine feet daily. Look for blisters, cuts, and ingrown toenails.
  • Put your feet up when sitting down to promote circulation in your feet.
  • Stand up and move around if you are sitting for long periods of time.
  • Protect your feet from heat and cold.
  • Keep feet clean and dry.
  • Wash your feet every day. Do not soak your feet unless prescribed by your provider.
  • Trim toenails with clippers regularly. Trim nails straight across, smooth corners with an emery board or nail file.

Options for Getting Foot Care from Colorado VNA

At Home
(for Kaiser Permanente Medicare members only)

Patients must:

  • Be homebound.
  • Have a diagnosis of diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or idiopathic neuropathy.
  • Have a physician referral for home foot care.

At a Community Foot Care Clinic

From Colorado Springs to Brighton to Boulder, Colorado VNA holds more than 100 foot care clinics a month at more than 60 locations throughout the Front Range. No physician referral needed. Appointments are required.

We can help you find a clinic near you!

A 30-minute appointment with a registered nurse includes:

  • Toenail clipping, trimming and filing
  • Callus and corn evaluation
  • Complete foot assessment
  • Blood pressure check
  • Foot care education
  • Coordination with your PCP as needed

Cost: $55 for self-pay patients. Zero copay for some Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage patients within plan limits.

Call: (303) 698-6496 with questions, to make an appointment, or to find a clinic near you.

Host a Medical Foot Care Clinic at Your Location

There is no cost to you to host a clinic at your location. Call (303) 698-6496 or email wellness@vnacolorado.org today to recommend a location or get more information about hosting a clinic.

Colorado VNA manages all patient care, eligibility and referral tracking.

We are here to help!

Please feel free to ask questions.

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