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Retired nurse wants clients to get the most out of their step in Stellarton

Lynn McCara goes to work on an ingrown toenail with an electric filer at Max Your Step Foot Care by Nurses.
Lynn McCara goes to work on an ingrown toenail with an electric filer at Max Your Step Foot Care by Nurses. - Brendan Ahern
STELLARTON, N.S. —

When Lynn McCara retired as a registered nurse in 2015, she decided to go right back to work.

“I’ve always done foot care, and I decided to come out retirement and do more of it,” said McCara.

Max Your Step Foot Care by Nurses is a new shop opened by McCara in September, 2019. The business offers non-surgical treatment for a range of complications that can arise in the foot and which have debilitating consequences.

“If your feet are sore, the rest of your boy is sore,” says McCara.

This is not a throwaway statement. Ingrown or involuted toenails, corns and callouses are hidden impairments which can make standing and walking extremely painful.

It’s something that McCara says she has seen again and again during more than 20 years working as a health-care provider, first as a nursing assistant and then as a registered nurse.

“We didn’t have foot care nurses, and we had people with problems,” said McCara of her time working at Valley View Villa and Glen Haven Manor. “We tried to help them as much as we could, but there was only so much we could do.”

McCara, who has also taught courses at NSCC on foot care, uses an electric filer to trim down toenails that have gotten out of hand. The filer comes with an in-built suction so that people don’t breathe in any dust.

It’s just one of the many tools that McCara has as her disposal.

With the help of a Health Canada approved sterilizing machine called an M9 Autoclave Cleaning Station, McCara wants to ensure her practice provides the quality of foot care she feels Pictou County needs.

“There’s so many diabetics that if they have proper foot care, they wouldn’t end up with amputations from infections or from irregular care,” said McCara.

“You don’t realize the need until you need it yourself.”

On Nov. 4 McCara will be hosting a educational seminar at Max Your Step. The free lunch and learn session is called, The Shoe That Fits.

“We recommend you bring a pair of lace-up shoes,” said McCara.

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