Foot & Nail Care
Outpatient Foot & Nail Care Clinic at RCH
- When: Every Monday*
- Provider: Jayla Johnson, RN
- To schedule an appointment: call (641) 464-4409 or use the online RCH request an appointment form. Referrals can be faxed to (641) 464-4407.
*Schedule is subject to change. Please view the current month’s schedule for the latest updates.
Jayla Johnson, RN CFCS. Ringgold County Hospital offers foot care led by a certified foot care nurse through our Specialty Clinic office. We work collaboratively with your primary care provider (PCP) with physician oversight. A nurse performs routine foot assessments involving foot inspection and nail trimming.
What We Do
As a part of our outpatient foot and nail care clinic, a specially trained foot-care nurse will perform routine foot inspections, including comprehensive foot-health assessment and toenail trimming.
During the foot assessment, the clinic nurse will look for signs of problems, such as:
- Skin color changes
- Foot or ankle swelling
- Temperature changes
- Decreased sensation
- Cracks in the skin
- Open sores or ulcers
- Ingrown toenails or other toenail issues
- Calluses or corns
We use only sterilized equipment specially designed for foot care. Dremel rotary tools are used to help eliminate calluses and thickened nails. To maintain patient safety and prevent infections, the equipment used is retired or sanitized between patient visits.
Why You May Need Medical Foot & Nail Care
Many patients with diabetes require regular, ongoing foot and nail care by a medical provider.
Because diabetes can cause nerve damage throughout the body, especially in the hands and feet, it can cause a lack of sensation – so that you may not feel any pressure, abrasions, or cuts on your feet. Diabetes also restricts blood flow, which can make open wounds in your hands or feet extremely difficult to heal. As a result, infected wounds on the feet are common among patients with diabetes. Without immediate medical attention, these infections can quickly progress, lead to tissue death, and may require amputation to stop the spread of gangrene.
When to Contact Your Provider
Call your medical provider immediately if you have diabetes and notice a problem with your feet, such as pain, swelling, and skin or nail discoloration.
Many patients who visit the foot and nail care clinic at RCH are scheduled to return every couple of months for routine care and assessments. Ask your provider what type of foot care schedule is appropriate for you.
Our foot and nail care services may be covered by insurance, depending on the specifics of your plan. We recommend you check with your insurance company to confirm coverage.
Foot & Nail Care in Mount Ayr, IA
If you require ongoing, periodic foot and nail care, why not consult the experts at RCH’s specialty outpatient clinic designed to do just that? Schedule your visit now with a visiting foot-care provider. Patients need not be diagnosed with diabetes to participate in RCH’s foot and nail care clinic.