With 50 staffers, FootCare by Nurses moves to new space in downtown Greenfield

Registered nurse Kate Clayton-Jones in the new offices of FootCare by Nurses at 40 School St. in Greenfield.

Registered nurse Kate Clayton-Jones in the new offices of FootCare by Nurses at 40 School St. in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Registered nurse Kate Clayton-Jones works with a client at FootCare by Nurses’ new space at 40 School St. in Greenfield.

Registered nurse Kate Clayton-Jones works with a client at FootCare by Nurses’ new space at 40 School St. in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

By DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer

Published: 03-14-2024 10:00 AM

GREENFIELD — FootCare by Nurses has settled into its new space on School Street, a 1.9-mile stroll from the French King Highway spot it has called home since it started eight years ago.

The foot care practice moved last week and opened its doors on Monday.

“I love it. I like the fact that people walk by. I love the fact that I walk to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, and we’ve been to lunch at the Hangar,” founder Kate Clayton-Jones said inside her 40 School St. clinic. “And my [administrative staffers], they’re enjoying it, too. I swear to God, we’re going to be the primary customers at Pete’s Seafood, right next door. So it’s nice for us to be making our money in town, but also spending it.”

Clayton-Jones, a registered nurse, said the practice she founded in 2016 has blossomed into 40 nurses and 10 administrative staff members.

“It’s why we moved,” she said with a laugh, adding that the internet was unreliable in the previous location. “My administrative offices are upstairs. This is our clinic.”

She explained the practice focuses of treating the entire person by focusing on their feet, which she compared to a building’s foundation. She explained that carefully rotating an ankle can stretch out a hip, which is connected to the shoulder. Her client at 10:30 a.m. was Jim Uguccioni, who dislocated his left shoulder in a fall in October.

“How’s he supposed to take care of his toenails?” she asked.

“It’s problematic,” Uguccioni admitted.

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“When he can feel the end of his toes, basically they are going to help him connect to the world a lot better,” Clayton-Jones said. “And when he connects to the world a lot better he’s much less likely to fall. So, a fall is a $45,000 problem; if you break your hip, maybe $60,000. You lose independence, you lose your quality of life, you might end up in a nursing home.

“So if we can prevent it by literally taking care of somebody’s feet a little bit better,” she continued, “then at the end of the day we allow people to stay independent in their homes to the best of their abilities.”

Clayton-Jones said the core aspect of the business is home visits, but the nurses do not diagnose diseases or conditions. For that, she said, they refer clients to physicians. Another focus of the clinic, which does not sell any products, is foot education and fall and wound prevention.

“If you take care of the roots of your plant, then they will flower. If you only take care of the leaves of the flower, the thing will die,” Clayton-Jones said. “Same with humans. If you take care of their feet, it’s amazing how much they will flourish.”

She mentioned FootCare by Nurses has locations in Berkshire County, near Worcester and in northern Connecticut.

The Greenfield location is open by appointment only. Call 413-367-8369 to schedule a visit. More information about FootCare by Nurses is available at footcarebynurses.net.

Reach Domenic Poli at dpoli@recorder.com.