BRADES, Montserrat – The critical importance of proper foot care for everyone and especially for people suffering with diabetes was highlighted during the past week as Podiatrist Angela Davis visited Montserrat.
Davis’s visit was organized by Caribscan as part of the Pink Ribbon Charity Week.
The UK-trained podiatrist now based in Jamaica, held consultations with patients for six days at the Davy Hill Medical Centre. Speaking on ZJB Radio Montserrat last Wednesday, Davis said as our feet are connected to everything and carries all of our body weight it is very important that they be cared for to allow them to work effectively.
“Apart from the heart our feet are one of the hardest working parts of our body. Often people who have problems with bunions or callouses will just hide them away in shoes because they are embarrassed but that won’t solve the problem,” she said. “People often try to treat the problems themselves but it is best to allow a professional to look at them regularly.”
During Thursday evening’s information evening, the podiatrist told the more than 80 people gathered at the Cultural Centre that for diabetics the importance of foot care is even more critical. A side effect of high sugar levels and poor circulation is that the peripheral nerves at the tips of the toes become numb and this loss of feeling is quite dangerous, as the individual loses the ability to feel hot or cold or injuries which may be caused by sharp objects or hitting the foot.
During the evening, Davis along with local General Surgeon Dr Braimah Kassim showed images and gave advice on how to protect the feet of a diabetic.
“Your toes should be able to move freely in the shoe,” explained Davis. Wearing shoes with good souls and proper back support was admonished, along with regular moisturizing as it is very important to hydrate the skin.
Dr Kassim that with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Montserrat, of the clinics on island now had nurses who were trained in proper foot care. He encouraged residents suffering with diabetes who would like to have their feet assessed should visit their nearest clinic for assistance.