Sole aim is happy feet

MONTO Hospital is helping to keep residents on their feet with a fortnightly foot assessment and care clinic.

Monto Hospital director of nursing Tracey Pattie said podiatry covered a diverse range of foot problems that were often preventable with early diagnosis.

Foot health assessments, basic-level nail-cutting care and education are performed at the clinic.

The nurses also facilitate the management of high-risk feet for people with diabetes, the aged and those with back problems, gout and vascular disease.

The foot care nurse works under the direction of the podiatrist and is able to refer patients to the podiatrist when required.

Patients also can be referred by their local doctor.

The foot clinic, which operates every second Monday, is for the initial assessment for pulses in both feet, sensation levels, skin care and lesion detection for corns, warts, cuts and bunions.

This is available to all people in the region but is very important for diabetic clients who have a high risk of foot injuries going undetected due to decreased sensation.

Mrs Pattie said patients with diabetes were at increased risk of foot problems.

“If you have diabetes, your blood-sugar levels are too high and over time this can damage your nerves or blood vessels,” she said.

She said nerve damage from diabetes could also cause loss of feeling in feet.

“You may not feel a cut, a blister or a sore and foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers and infections,” Mrs Pattie said.

“However, proper diabetic foot care can prevent most serious foot complications.”

To make an appointment at the foot clinic, contact Monto Hospital on 4166 9300 during office hours.

A disco kids will love

CHILDERS children are invited to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit at a disco on February 13.

Youngsters under eight can enjoy games and Wiggles and Hi 5 music for $5 from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Older ones can enjoy their own disco from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, where admission is also $5.

Canteen and kitchen facilities are available from 5pm and a bus will pick up the young party people from the Childers Post Office at 6pm if there are enough bookings.

The event will be held at the Apple Tree Creek Memorial Hall.

For bus bookings or more information, telephone 4126 1224.

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