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instrument choices

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by franO, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. franO

    franO Welcome New Poster

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    hi i am a 3rd year pod.i am giving a presentation on instrument choice of podiatrists and need feedback as to what pods are using and why.
    sort of things like mandril and burring -friend or foe
    scalpel blade sizes and relevant procedures
    if you could only use 3 instruments what would they be and why
    quirky and bizarre instrument usage
    Any sort of related feedback would be much appreciated
  2. AngieR

    AngieR Active Member


    As no-one has answered, may I start you off?

    My packets contain 4 pieces :- 1. a pair of cantilever nippers (to prevent RSI, I did use the ordinary ones but now favour those that give me less strain); 2. a scalpel handle with a no 15 blade (more control and able to use it for everything from heavy callus to clearing out the sulcus and shaping nails as in IGTN's); 3. a nail file (for obvious reasons) and 4. a double ended blacks file (fine and medium head).

    I also use a bur for OG and OX nails, but rarely a mandril or moore's disc - this I must add is a personal choice.

    In addition to this, my instrument draw includes those for nail surgery and injection therapies, if you want to know what I have for these, please let me know and I can expand.

  3. srd

    srd Active Member


    My instrument pack contains nail clippers, blacks file ( single end, angled, fine cut), nail file, scalpel handle with 15 blade, and I love my double ended swan neck excavator - which I have noticed not many other podiatrists use. I find it really useful for very tight sulcus work.

    I do use a ruby burr regularly and a mandril with moores disk.

    That's my every day pack. If you want surgery pack I am happy to send details.


  4. Lizzy1so

    Lizzy1so Active Member

    my basic pack:
    1 pair nippers (straight blades)
    1 scalpel handle
    1 blacks file - small, fine head
    1 foot dresser
    I have individual packs containing tissue nippers, burrs, spare scalpel handle, nippers etc
  5. Nat Smith

    Nat Smith Active Member

    My basic pack:
    1 pair clippers - double barrel spring
    1 Blacks file - straight fine head
    1 burr
    1 scalpel handle.

    I use #15 blades for corns & delicate stuff & #10's for heavy thick callus.
    I also use mandril & Moore's discs - sand medium

    Nail surgery pack:
    1 pair Thwaites clippers
    1 elevator/spatula
    1 forceps
    1 beaver blade scalpel handle
    2 galley pots
    (i'm sure i'm forgetting something?? but that's basically it)

    I also individually bag up things like:
    smaller clippers / tissue nippers
    sterile dressing packs with balls/gauze/buds
  6. Nat Smith

    Nat Smith Active Member

    The thing I forgot:
    in my nail surgery pack I have a small curette for applying phenol - better technique than orange sticks that I picked up on in here.
  7. Graham

    Graham RIP

    Basic Pack:

    Cantilever nippers

    Diamond deb file

    Blacks file

    #3 scalpel handle - I use 10s

    Beaver handle for 64 blades.

    Other wise standard nail procedure and local anesthetic kits
  8. Big Kev

    Big Kev Welcome New Poster

    23 blade for big chaps
  9. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Whips, chains, gimp mask, thigh high leather boots & handcuffs..........

    Oops sorry! You mean my 'other' job ;)
  10. nix8

    nix8 Welcome New Poster

    We supply the single use as well as reusable podiatry instrument sets to reputable companies in Uk as well as to the NHS.

    General set of podiatary comes with a Nipper, Scalpel handle, Blacks file and diamond deb.

    If you have any inquiries, feel free to ask at info@candore.co.uk

  11. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member

    #20 blades !! They work much better than #10 blades (IMHO)
  12. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    nail clippers
    black's file
    nail file (metal)
    beaver blade holder
    No 3 scalpel holder

    in addition, in case of o/c o/m or sepsis I have ready, separately
    nail clippers IGTN clippers
    (metal) t/g applicator

  13. brevis

    brevis Active Member

    Why have separate clippers. Are they not all sterilised in the same manner?
  14. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    They are in a separate package so that I don't have to open another complete packaged set when all I need is a pair of clippers.
    Hope that makes sense?


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