NEW! Our GEN 2 FootsieBath Spa has now launched!
*PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR PROFESSIONAL PEDICURE SPA DOES NOT HEAT WATER. IT ONLY MAINTAINS THE TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER THAT WAS POURED IN.
A Review from our beloved customer
Traditional foot spas have some issues, namely the fact that they can be difficult to clean and that they are difficult to carry around and set up.
The FootsieBath seeks to address these issues.
The FootsieBath does all the same things that a regular foot spa does, but it lacks a lot of the hassle associated with other, more traditional foot spas.
In this review, we are going to take a look at the FootsieBath and tell you how it addresses those issues, and whether it is worth your money.
The FootsieBath looks quite a bit different than other foot spas. Other foot spas tend to have relatively wide, but shallow basins. Other foot spas also tend to have basins with clearly marked space for each foot. The Footsie’s basin resembles a bucket. There is no clearly defined space for each foot and the basin itself is deeper than most other foot spa basins.
The basin comes with several knobs on the side that you can use to control things like the temperature of the water and the vibration levels.
Another big difference that you will notice right away is that the FootsieBath makes use of liners. See, with other foot spas, you just stick your feet in the basin and turn on the machine. But with this product, you put a liner in first. This is for sanitary purposes (we will talk more about this later in the review).
How It Works
If you have used a foot spa before, then you will be familiar with how the Footsie Bath works. But, there are a few key differences. With a regular foot bath, you put the water into the basin and turn on the machine. With the Footsie, you need to first put a liner into the tray, then put the tray into the basin. After the liner is secure, you can start filling up the basin with water. After the basin is full, the Footsie starts to work like any other foot spa. You can use the knobs on the bottom to change things like temperature and vibration level to your liking.
- 2 separate knobs that let you quickly change the temperature and the vibration levels on the fly.
- Advanced heating element allows the FootsieBath to easily heat water to temperatures exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The Footsie comes with 10 disposable liners.
- Comes with retractable cord for easier storage.
Let’s start off by talking about the disposable liners since that is what makes the FootsieBath so unique. Now, having to take liners in and out every time you want to use the footbath may seem like a hassle, but it ends up not being a big deal. Plus, there are some neat advantages to using liners. For starters, it is a lot more sanitary. If you have multiple people in your house who want to use the foot bath, then you have to clean it in between uses. But, because of the liners, you simply have to pop out the current liner and pop in a new one. Also, if you want to put bath salts or oils into the foot bath, then you don’t have to worry about cleaning that out when you are done soaking your feet. The Footsie manufacturers were nice enough to include a pack of 10 liners with the actual product, so you can get a nice number of uses out of the product before having to buy replacement liners.
The actual bath itself works quite nicely. It heats up really fast and it stays heated for the entire soak session. A lot of foot spas have this issue where they cannot maintain a consistent heat level throughout the entire session, but that is not the case with the Footsie. The Footsie can easily reach its maximum temperature and stay at that level until you are done soaking your feet.
As with all foot spas, anyone who suffers from foot pain (either due to their work or due to some medical condition) can benefit from regularly soaking their feet in the Footsie. Because the Footsie is extremely mobile and you do not need to clean it in between uses, it is perfect for anyone who runs a spa or a foot care business. All you need to do after you are finished with a customer is take out the liner and put in a new one and it is ready to go. With other foot spas, you would have to completely scrub out the basin to make sure it is clean for the next customer.
Overall, we feel that the Footsie Bath is a great machine and would make the perfect additional to any professional salon based on it’s sanitary features and consistent functionality. It also works well as a shared foot spa for home use. Check it out using the link below.
A Pedicurist's Education in Diabetes
- Written by Godfrey F. Mix, DPM via Nail's Magazine
Diabetes is a very serious, and very common, disease. Before providing foot care to a diabetic client, know what to look for and what questions to ask.
Have you ever looked into the reasons why you should or should not give foot services to the diabetic? “Is it safe to give a pedicure to a diabetic client?” “Can I ever give a pedicure to a diabetic client?” These are questions I am asked when I lecture at various trade shows. I will discuss what to look for in your diabetic clients that will enable you to service selected individuals safely and professionally.
First of all, a few words of caution: If you question doing a foot on a diabetic client, do not perform the service. Refer the client on to her podiatrist or physician for care. In past articles I have stressed the importance of developing a close working relationship with a podiatrist. It is extremely important that you have done this if you give foot services to selected diabetic clients. Prevention is the key word for the diabetic.
It is estimated that one out of every 20 people in the United States are diabetic. Diabetes is the result of the body’s inability to utilize blood sugar (glucose) because of a decrease in insulin production. Insulin is the key ingredient necessary to allow glucose to transfer from the bloodstream into the surrounding cells, where it is utilized for energy. Without insulin, the blood sugar becomes elevated and results in diabetes.
The primary cause of diabetes is a genetic or inherited trait that stops the production of insulin by the pancreas. Secondary causes are injury to the pancreas through excessive use of alcohol or an actual infection of the pancreas. Some drugs such as water pills (diuretics), cortisone, and some blood pressure medications may reduce the production of insulin. In rare instances, pregnancy may cause a resistance to one’s own insulin resulting in a diabetic condition. This resistance reverses after the birth of the baby.
There are two categories of diabetes. The first is Type I, or Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Type I was formerly called Juvenile Diabetes, but the name was changed because approximately 30% of this group is diagnosed after the age of 30. Type I diabetes is characterized by a sudden onset, with the symptoms being present for only a few days or weeks. Excessive urine production, thirst, and food intake are classical symptoms. Sudden weight loss is often also associated with this form of diabetes. Type I diabetics have to take insulin supplements to live.
The second category of diabetes is Type II, or Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes. This was previously referred to as Adult Onset Diabetes. This type generally occurs in individuals over the age of 30, with the average age of diagnosis being between 60 and 65. Type II diabetes is characterized by a very slow onset of symptoms. In some individuals, the disease may be present as long as 10 years before a diagnosis of diabetes is made. The first sign of the disease may be an actual complication of the disease process itself. I remember one patient I had who presented with a large, painless infected ulcer on the bottom of his foot. You nor I could have walked on our foot if it was in this condition. Subsequent laboratory tests proved this patient to be a Type II diabetic. This patient must have been a diabetic for some time. Without first controlling his diabetes, the ulcer would have never healed no matter what treatment I provided.
Many individuals with Type II may be classified as obese, while Type I individuals are generally the opposite. Type II diabetics produce insulin, but for an unknown reason their body has developed a resistance to it. Diet, exercise, and oral medications can control the blood sugar in this group of diabetics. Some Type II diabetics will become Type I as their disease progresses.
Poor circulation is one of the major complications of diabetes. The intermediate-size arteries (arterioles) are most involved in this complication. Since the majority of the arteries in the lower leg and foot fall in this category, many severe problems arise here. High blood sugar levels improperly nourish the nerves, injuring them and resulting in decreased sensation, particularly in the feet. Over forty thousand lower extremity amputations a year, which are not a result of injury, are caused by diabetic complications. This is almost one-half of all non-injury amputations of the leg in the United States!
Poor circulation and the lack of sensation result in many skin problems in the diabetic. One third of all diabetics will have some skin-related condition during their life-time. Because of fluctuations in the blood sugar levels, the small blood capillaries in the skin are easily injured. Additionally, the production of natural skin lubricants from the glands in the skin is reduced or may even cease. All this results in dryness, cracking, and itching. Susceptibility to skin infection increases. The diabetic can not fight infections well because the disease reduces the effectiveness of the white blood cells role in destroying bacteria. Thus any minor skin irritation or injury has the potential of becoming a severe life threatening condition.
Now that you have a basic understanding of diabetes and some of the fundamental problems associated with the disease, you may be saying you’d never consider giving a foot service to a diabetic. But you may already be doing it and not even know it! This disease may be present for many years before it is diagnosed. As a nail professional who gives foot service, you must be on the lookout for any signs of this disease. You may be the first one to suspect that your client is a diabetic! If you do suspect a problem, refer the client to her physician for a medical evaluation. Do not be afraid you might be wrong. In this case it is better to be safe than sorry.
When can the well trained knowledgeable nail professional provide foot services to the diabetic client? Only when you can be certain that the service you provide will not harm the client.
To ensure your foot services won’t harm your client, you must be knowledgeable about the client both medically and as an individual. Gain this knowledge by doing a “History and Personal Evaluation” of each client. A few well-thought-out questions and visual observation the client will help you make a decision on what, if any, services to provide.
If the client is a known diabetic you want to know:
1. Does she smoke? Does she drink alcoholic beverages? A diabetic should do neither of these. Nicotine in cigarettes contributes to hardening of the arteries, adding to the diabetic arterial disease process. Alcohol, on the other hand, is converted to sugar, increasing the blood sugars and adding to the diabetic process. An occasional drink is not a bad thing; daily consumption of alcoholic beverages is what you are concerned about. If the client answers yes to either of these questions refer her to a podiatrist for foot care.
2. How long has she been a diabetic? This question will tell you a lot about her disease. Generally, the longer a person is a diabetic the more severe are the complications of the disease. As a general statement, long-term diabetics should be referred to a podiatrist for foot care.
3. What do her blood sugars generally “run”? This is an important question for two reasons. First, if she doesn’t know you should not provide services, because she is probably in denial about her disease. A diabetic must know what her blood sugar levels are in order to keep them within the limits prescribed by her doctor.
Secondly, by knowing what her “blood sugars run,” you’ll get a basic idea of the severity of her diabetes. Normal blood sugar levels are between 70 and 120; if she tells you her sugars run routinely between 250 and 300, you’ll know she’s not a good candidate for a pedicure. With levels that high, either this client is a very severe diabetic or she does not follow her doctor’s instructions about diet, exercise, and medications. In either case, you should not service that client. In the absence of other negative findings, diabetics whose blood sugars average below 150 can receive gentle, conservative foot service.
4. Is her blood sugar controlled through diet, exercise, medication (oral or injections), or a combination of these three? A diabetic whose disease is controlled through diet and exercise may receive foot services unless she has any open wounds or infections. An oral-medication-controlled diabetic may receive foot services only after answering all the above questions positively. Type I or Insulin Dependent diabetics should be referred to a podiatrist for foot care. The podiatrist may evaluate her and send her back for selected foot services to be provided by you. Only with written instructions from the podiatrist should you provide the care.
5. Once you’ve gathered her history, you need to do a “personal evaluation” of the client. You need to check the skin, the circulation, and the sensation of the lower extremity.
The skin should have no open wounds, ulcers, or infections present. It should be pliable and fairly normal in appearance. Remember, thin, fragile skin is easily injured, which in the diabetic may lead to severe consequences.
Evaluate the circulation by feeling the pulses in the foot (if you do not know how, learn before giving any foot services). You should at least be able to feel them. The extremity should be warm and have a good coloration. Is there hair on the extremity? The absence of hair growth may indicate a severe circulatory disorder. If the skin becomes discolored (bluish or deep reddish) when it is on the floor, this indicates extremely poor circulation. Thin, fragile skin and a lack of underlying fatty tissues also indicate extremely poor circulation.
Does the client have normal feeling in her feet? A rough test for this is to lightly rub your fingertip over the bottom of the foot and then do the same on the palm of the hand. If there is a difference in sensation between the two, you should refer the client for medical evaluation before doing a service.
The “History and Personal Evaluation” described above is very limited, but it should give you an insight as to whether or not to provide services to a diabetic client. Your findings should all be within the normal limits I have outlined. If you have any question, provide services only after discussing the client’s condition with her podiatrist or medical doctor.
A pedicure when provided to a selected diabetic should be gentle and given with extreme care. Do not use hot water, body temperature to 100 degrees Fahrenheit is a satisfactory range. For some reason, we Americans think the hotter the better when soaking the feet. The “Rule of Thumb” should be if you would not put the rest of your body in the hot water then DO NOT put your feet in it!
Trim the nails carefully; straight across is best. If the corners need to be removed, refer her to a podiatrist for this procedure. Do not push the cuticle back as this may cause injury, which can result in an infection. When filing the nails, be extremely careful not to abrade the skin and cause an opening for an infection.
Sloughing creams should also be used with great care for the same reasons. Select and recommend moisturizing creams that will be beneficial to the dry skin that is part of the diabetic condition. Use a gentle massage technique; do not be rough.
Use a disinfectant on the foot before and after the service. Last, but by far from least, have good sanitation procedures in place for your salon and practice them religiously.
Be alert for the subtle signs of diabetes. In the new age of managed medical care you will be seeing more diabetic pedicure clients as insurance companies deny “routine foot services” as a benefit.
It is therefore necessary that you be more knowledgeable about conditions that can affect the foot.
A Warning from Footsiebath:
1) Consult your doctor before using in case of illness or medical condition,
including but not limited to pacemaker use, pregnancy, cancer, infection,
diabetic condition, fracture or persistent pain.
2) Do not use if you are experiencing any unexplained pain or swollen muscles,
or following a serious injury, before consulting your physician.
3) Do not use if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes, tuberculosis,
benign or malignant tumors, phlebitis or thrombosis, hemorrhages, open or
fresh wounds, ulcerated sores, varicose veins, poor circulation or bruised,
discolored, burned, broken, swollen inflamed skin.
4) This product should not be used by any individual suffering from a condition that
limits or altogether inhibits the user’s capacity to feel or have sensation in any part
of the body, and in particular, the feet.
RECOMMENDED MASSAGING TIMES
Generally, a heated massage should not last longer than 10 to 15 minutes.
Treatment may be applied once or twice daily as desired. Allow unit to cool
before using again. As different person’s metabolisms varies, so does his or
her response to massage and/or heated massage. You will need to adjust
your massage time to suit your personal health needs and personal comfort.
If you have any concerns regarding use of this product, we recommend you
consult your physician.
DO NOT USE THIS MASSAGE UNIT WITH PERSONS HAVING NEUROLOGICAL
PROBLEMS OR SKIN CONDITIONS SUCH AS THOSE RESULTING FROM
DIABETES WHERE A PERSON’S FEET OR SKIN CAN BE BURNED OR IRRITATED.
Footsiebath will not be liable for any damage or injury resulting from ignoring
these instructions and warnings. Use heated and or vibrating surface carefully.
May cause serious burns if not used exactly in accordance with the instructions
in this package. Do not use on sensitive skin areas or in the presence of poor
circulation. This product should not be used by any individual suffering from a
condition that limits or inhibits the user’s capacity to feel or have sensation in
their feet and legs. The unattended use of heat by children or incapacitated
persons may be dangerous. To prevent scalding, never add boiling or steaming
water to the foot spa. Do not use with any person having any of the following
conditions: diabetes, tuberculosis, tumors, thrombosis, hemorrhages, open
or fresh wounds, sores, varicose veins, poor circulation or bruised, discolored,
burned, broken, swollen or inflamed skin.