Happy Feet Foot Care offers a unique service to provide medical pedicures for patients with foot conditions and diabetics.
Tammy Brown Idrissou is the manager and owner. She stated that there was a lack of this type service in the region, particularly with the aging population. She’s hoping her service will ease the lengthy waitlists at specialized diabetes clinics, and offer services not available at regular salons, such as ingrown nail care. Brown-Idrissou explained that most salons don’t have the necessary training in medical foot care and are reluctant to provide services for diabetics. All who require medical foot care are welcome to her clinic.
“With foot care, there are a lot of people now, besides diabetics, who have had hip and knee replacements or just have bad vision, or arthritis, where they can’t do their own feet. I reduce the nails, clip and file them and thinning the nails. I do the calluses, corns, warts and fissures on their feet,” Brown-Idrissou said.
Brown-Idrissou was previously a specialist in foot care at the Health Access Centre. In 2013, she became a registered practical nursing nurse. She completed the 2016 foot care training course. Prior to this, she worked as a mental and addictions worker at Fort Frances Jail and the Ontario Addictions Treatment Centres.
“I enjoyed it quite a lot so I decided to open my own practice because there were a lot of people who couldn’t access services, except through the clinic, which was really backed up,”She spoke.
The dry pedicure takes between 45-60 minutes. 75 dollars is the set price. Brown-Idrissou said the price is adjusted to every person’s needs, adding that some receipts could be submitted to insurance companies that cover this treatment.
Brown-Idrissou said that when clients call her to book an appointment, she ensures they are fully informed.
“If there’s a special concern, maybe a really bad ingrown or something, I’ll ask them to send me a picture and that way I can kind of judge from it the amount of time we’ll need for an appointment,”She spoke. “But I try to do everything for them when they come for their appointment.”
If the client isn’t diabetic, she will ask them if they are to soak their feet in Epsom salt before the appointment. This makes it easier to manage the skin and nails.
Brown-Idrissou is currently able to accommodate 200 patients in a rotational basis. Although many patients will need her on a one-time basis, others will need routine maintenance, because they can’t see or reach their feet or they can’t feel their feet due to diabetes.
Happy Feet Footcare opened its doors on February 14th. This is Brown-Idrissou’s full-time job now, with plans to take on an employee in the near future, to allow her to expand.
“I think there’s not very many providers in the district,”She spoke. “With an ageing population, it is becoming more of a need. I noticed even in youth and teenagers a lot of ingrown toenails from sports, kicking balls in soccer. That causes a lot of ingrowns. There’s a lot of people that are all ages now that are requiring some help with foot care.”
Happy Feet Foot Care, located at 339 Scott St. Fort Frances. They can be found on Facebook. You can accept new clients.