As some of you may not have heard from us in a while, we thought you
may like to know what has been happening at our clinic. We’ve also included a
little bit about face masks, that we hope you’ll find helpful.
Before we update you, we just need to remind you of some housekeeping:
1. When you arrive please ring the doorbell and wait to be let into the building. This is so that we can control the movement of people in the clinic, to help to keep you safe.
2. Please make sure you are wearing a clean face mask or covering before you enter the building. You will only be allowed to enter the clinic if you are wearing a face mask – this hasn’t been an easy decision and is designed to protect everyone at Foot Faerie Podiatry Practice, especially our patients.
3. For the foreseeable future we are only able
to accept card or bank transfer payments.
4. We will only cancel or reschedule your appointment in an emergency (e.g. lack of water or electricity at the clinic). We politely request that you also be mindful, especially during these difficult times, of cancelling or rescheduling your appointments.
5. In your appointment reminders you will also receive an invitation to complete an update form. It is essential that you complete this for every appointment. This is because, for every appointment we are now required to need to complete a risk Coronavirus assessment.
* We have opened up a
second clinic, so that we can ventilate the clinic space before we see the next
* The waiting area has been carpeted, to make it warmer in the winter months.
* If you still don’t feel comfortable coming to clinic we can help you at a distance with an online consultation. This method of consultation is particularly useful if you need exercises as part of your treatment.
Face Masks & Coverings
Quite a few of you have asked about face masks, so as it looks as though face masks are here to stay (at least for a while), we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to make things a little easier.
Why should I wear a face covering?
You’ve probably heard a lot of things already about face masks by now and be wondering whether they work. Well, we have good news for you – they do work by helping to protect you and other people.
This video is a very interesting discussion (by a nurse educator
– Dr Jim Campbell). It tells you everything you need to know about how wearing
a face mask, to help you to protect yourself and others (lasts about 30 minutes)
For those of you who would like to read a bit more about the subject, this peer reviewed research paper discusses how face masks and coverings help - https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3223 There is an excellent table, that can be found here, within this paper that shows you the relative risk of different situations.
How do I stop my glasses steaming up?
The problem is caused by your breath escaping from the top of the mask. There are four ways to help this problem:
* Make sure the nose wire of your face mask is well molded to your face.
* Use micropore tape at the top of your face mask, to stop your breath escaping.
* Try a good quality anti-mist spray – your optometrist should be able to advise you about this.
* Place your glasses over the top of your face mask – your glasses should cover the top of your face mask.
The face mask hurts my ears, what can I do?
Face masks with straps that go around your head, rather than your ears, will help with this problem. Face mask extenders, such as this style https://amzn.to/33p9uM8, will do this job for you.
How can I stop myself feeling anxious when I wear a face mask?
Some people find wearing a face mask makes them very anxious and they develop panic attacks. The good news is that face masks do not reduce the amount of air you breath in and that it is possible to gradually introduce yourself to wearing a face mask.
Make your face mask introduction experience as easy as possible, by planning it – you’re in control. Choose a few face masks that you like the look of (e.g. nice shapes or attractive fabrics). Try wearing your face mask for a few minutes whilst you’re watching television, reading a book or listening to soothing music. Then gradually build up the amount of time you wear your face mask each day (by about 5 minutes per day). Remember to treat yourself after you take off your face mask. Some people may take a bit longer to get accustomed to the face mask. Eventually you will find that you are wearing your mask without a problem.
To keep that mask away from your face you could also try a face mask shield/shell/frame, such as this one underneath your face mask - https://amzn.to/33H6CdJ
What sort of face mask is best?
Disposable face masks are easy to source and can be disposed of in your own dustbin, after following sensible precautions (please see below). However, the ones you buy over the counter are of variable quality and aren’t environmentally friendly.
Reusable cloth face masks have been shown to be effective – please see the attached video for more details. A face mask with two distinct layers and a pocket in the middle, for a filter, is the best type. The fabric should be non-woven (e.g. quilting fabric). The filters can range from (clean) damp toilet paper that’s allowed to dry to properly designed face mask filters. There are plenty of ‘How To’ videos online that demonstrate how to make a face mask – some don’t involve sewing.
Is there a safe way to take off my face mask?
The best way to remove your mask is by the ear or head loops. Potentially both sides of the face mask are infected, so it is important to try not to touch the front and back of your face mask, when you remove it and also whilst you’re wearing it.
How do I care for my face mask?
If you think of your used face mask as though it’s a dirty pair of underpants/knickers or socks, you will understand how important it is to have a ready supply of freshly laundered face masks. You probably need to invest in a few face masks and filters, so you can wash them on a regular basis, to be on the safe side.
Wash your reusable face masks on as hot a wash as possible, remembering that some fabrics may shrink at very hot temperatures. The hot water and soap will destroy the virus. Ironing your face masks will also help to keep them virus free. You may use a laundry detergent, but make sure that it is effect against viruses – not all laundry detergents are effective against viruses.
A disposable face mask should only be used once. They aren’t washable (or dry-able!) and need replacing as soon as your breath moistens them – usually after 30 to 60 minutes. It is best to dispose of your disposable face masks sensibly: they should be placed in a plastic bag, kept for three days (to make sure that any virus present is ‘destroyed’) and then placed in your dustbin. Please do not touch face masks you find on the street, no matter how tempting it may be to pick them up.