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To podospray or not podospray that is the Question.

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Donnchadhjh, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. Donnchadhjh

    Donnchadhjh Active Member

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    Hi all,

    My podiatry department is closely looking at purchasing a podospray machine mainly for use on neuro and neurovasc HD's.

    After trawling the internet for a fair ammount of time appart from purchasing them, servicing them and how many private Podiatrists use them around the world I can find no infomation or research as to how effective they are and what they can be used on...

    I am not looking for somebody to do the leg work for me, but I would appreciate somebody pointing me in the right direction (hopefully with a reference or two - if you happen to have a journal on your desk ;) )
  2. sasha

    sasha Welcome New Poster


    I have used it in the past in private practice, and it worked wonders. You could go deeper without causing patient too much discomfort.

    Hope that helps.

  3. Is it not rather messy?

  4. Tim VS

    Tim VS Active Member

    They are excellent, however they can be somewhat unreliable. This is illustrated by the fact that none of the companies supplying them in the UK will offer a service contract!
  5. I used them on neurovascular corns when I worked in England for a short while and they were very good, and much more comfortable for the patient. But I wouldnt recommend them for routine clinics on nails etc. Jacqui is right: podosprays are very messy,and you end up with aerosols, spray, and dried nail dust everywhere. Not nice
  6. aclarkmorris@aol.com

    aclarkmorris@aol.com Welcome New Poster

    I have used them privately for corns and callous. They do seem to help with neurovascular lesions. Prefer vacuum drill for nails. Sheffield NHS trust have used in clinic for neurovascular lesions. Not sure if anything was written up though. Try contacting Wesley Vernon or Lisa Farndon to find out.
  7. I use spray drill for nails, callus and corns. Messy ~ yes, but try adjusting the spray for the various tasks- lots of coolant on sensitive areas, less on the less sensitive. Reliability is an issue- mine broke down and the company sent me a standard dust extraction while it was fixed- led me to the conclusion that I would never go back to dust extraction. Me, I like them, faster RPM = much quicker reduction.
  8. Kenva

    Kenva Active Member

    I use the podospray for the same reasons as Simon does. It is fitted with a Bien Air motor and has a 40.000 RPM. This is indeed quicker but also less resistance and thus more comfort for the patient.

    I still think i would prefer a spray above any other system.
    cooling effect and higher speed, no dust flying around but caught in the spray, no dust bags to clean or remove...

    the only disadvantage i have is less traction control on tissue... sometimes i want to use the drill as a knife to cut away certain bits and pieces, but then again you can adjust the amount of spray and drilling speed easily.
  9. But don't you find it sprays droplets everywhere full of nail particles etc?
  10. Kenva

    Kenva Active Member

    I rather have droplets in my foottray then million tiny nail particles flying around in my private practice. ;) ANd it doesn't spray everywhere... up to this day the podoliquid (spray) is heavier then the microscopic abrasive particles and thus settles down faster then the airborn particles.
  11. If only the droplets stayed in the foot tray - my experience is otherwise! Still think you are painting too rosey a view of podosprays. Both dust extraction drill and podosprays have their pluses and drawbacks of course, and the drawback with podosprays is the fine spray that deposits everywhere in the immediate vicinity which is why I returned to my Berchtold dust extraction for routine nail work and kept the podospray for more specialist work. Glad you like yours though - I was disappointed!

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