Biscone helps clients put their best foot forward
Northport — Nancy Biscone wants to sweep her clients off their feet, but only for as long as it takes her to assess their foot health.
Biscone recently opened Bare Your Feet Foot and Nail Care, a service she provides by appointment either in her home office on Stonehedge Drive in Northport or at the clients' homes.
Biscone has been a nurse since 1977 and had provided foot care in the past when she worked with Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also has experience in an emergency room setting, public health, assisted living and general home health care.
Biscone started providing foot care as part of her work with Kno-Wal-Lin, back when Medicaid covered the cost for patients.
"They don't do that now," said Biscone, speaking to The Journal from her home office Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Then Biscone left the field for a time, raised her family, and decided to return to that kind of work. She took a position at Debra Lincoln House, an assisted living facility located in a residential area of Belfast. She also worked at Bank of America, and when that job became part-time, she returned to work for Kno-Wal-Lin.
But it had been several years since Biscone had worked in the nursing field and she felt she needed some refresher courses. When she asked about what kinds of services she could help Kno-Wal-Lin provide its clients, Biscone said the organization indicated it needed help with flu clinics, but also with foot care.
"I did the foot care in the past, so I knew what I was getting into," she said.
To learn more about how foot care had changed over the years, Biscone decided to continue her education specifically for foot care at the University of Wisconsin. After completing the necessary courses, Biscone received her nursing foot care certification through the Wound, Ostonomy and Continence Board of Nursing.
"There's a lot more to it now," said Biscone.
Biscone decided to offer the service locally because she knows from experience how important it is for everyone to practice proper foot care and to make sure any problems with the foot can be addressed as soon as possible.
There are a whole host of things that might trigger a painful foot injury or condition, and Biscone said many people can have problems just because of the shoes they wear — especially women.
"For anybody it's important to wear the right sized shoe," she said. "So many women wear pointy shoes, and then they'll get redness and sores."
Biscone said because feet tend to widen out and grow slightly larger as we age, many of her clients are indeed wearing shoes that are too small for them. A woman will come in and tell Biscone she's always been a size eight, for example, but when Biscone has the client draw an outline of their own foot while in a standing position and place their shoe over the outline, it becomes very clear they are no longer a size eight.
"The outline will be bigger than the shoe," she said.
While getting a new pair of shoes is a fairly easy fix and will prevent the redness and blisters that can come with poor fitting kicks, Biscone said people with medical conditions like diabetes may not always know they have foot wounds. That's because those with diabetes sometimes experience numbness in their feet, which means wounds can get worse or infected to the point that they must stay off their feet until the problem clears up.
Others requiring help with foot care include the growing elderly population, as Biscone said the fat pads on the bottom of our feet get thinner and they are more likely to develop ulcers or other painful sores. Toenails also thicken as we age, and Biscone said it may make it difficult for a person to clip their own nails, examine them regularly for fungal infections or other afflictions especially if they have mobility issues.
There are a variety of reasons people need foot care," she said.
And sometimes, a foot examination can lead to diagnoses of other medical conditions.
"The feet are often the first place you might notice things like arthritis," she said.
To learn more about Bare Your Feet Foot and Nail Care, call Biscone at 338-6158 or email her at email@example.com.
207-338-3333 ext. 109
Tanya has been a general news reporter in Waldo County since 1997.
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