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    stephens feet are really difficult. i find it hard to pick his feet up and cut his nails. add to that i am short sighted and can see without my glasses, things that are very close to my nose, but dont think i am capable of bending enough to get that close to his toes.

    when we last had a visit from physio and OT they suggested they would see about getting him to a podiatrist. i have to say i was very keen for this to happen. its not just that his nails need cutting but his big toe nail doesnt look nice and even though i trained as manicurist, many moons ago, i have no idea how to treat it. i know if anyone has diabetes podiatry is part of their NHS treatment. has anyone else used podiatry? i suppose i could go through the GP surgery but then again i cant get him there.

    #2
    I have a chiropodist come tome every 4/5 months. It’s bliss! I hate how my feet look now but she is totally unphased and hung-ho. Really worth it!

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      #3
      Like Sarahw, I get visits from a podiatrist who just dons gloves and an apron and in no time has my feet ready for Prince Charming to try on a glass slipper 😊 (I don't have diabetes.) xx
      ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
      Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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        #4
        Hi Denise.
        I too pay for a foot health carer to come in every 3 months to sort toe nails, hard skin etc.Worth the money .I was able to wear sandals without feeling ashamed of feet.When I go out in the wheelchair I can wear any shoes now.
        I love pampering so get hair coloured and cut every 6 weeks and sister in law does a great job of hand manicure too.
        I think some hospices do pamper sessions too but covid may have changed that.
        Not sure of NHS criteria for housebound people.
        Hope you get it sorted though.
        Best wishes
        Mary

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          #5
          thanks everyone. someone might suggest something soon i will let you know. whats the difference between chiropodist and podiatrist?

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            #6
            We have regular visits from the district nursing team as my husband’s skin is very fragile and they need to prevent pressure ulcers. The district nurse referred him for podiatry and they come every 3 months. As well as sorting out his nails, they check for pressure problems on his heels.

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              #7
              thanks for that polly.

              hopefully stephen will have the same. i think there's some kind of infection or fungus. it looks like its growing out but im not sure if to leave it or what to do. its also cracked so if i try and cut it could end up worse. he's wearing sandals probably not the best foot wear but feel its not putting pressure on this particular toe nail.

              i never thought id spend sunday afternoon talking about my husbands toe nails.

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                #8
                Originally posted by denise View Post
                whats the difference between chiropodist and podiatrist?
                No difference, there're all called podiatrists these days, me thinks xx
                ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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                  #9
                  How do I get a chriopodist? Whom should I ask?
                  Bulbar started Jan 2020. Mute and 100% tube fed but mobile and undefeated. Stay Strong 🤗😘🤗😁xx

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                    #10
                    I'm not sure if it's the GP. The physio said she would try and refer him but haven't heard back. Anyone has any ideas. I'm have a GP appointment on 13th I could try and find out. 😊

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                      #11
                      Matthew, you may be eligible for free care - read NHS Podiatrist which explains everything. xx
                      ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                      Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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                        #12
                        Thanks I will get on to my GP tomorrow 👍😁😘😍xx
                        Bulbar started Jan 2020. Mute and 100% tube fed but mobile and undefeated. Stay Strong 🤗😘🤗😁xx

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