Vermont Business Magazine The podiatry team at Gifford Health Care will provide free foot screenings by appointment during a series of five sessions throughout the summer. Open to all Gifford and non-Gifford patients, the screenings will take place at the following central Vermont locations:
June 20 at Chelsea Health Center
June 26 at Gifford Health Center at Berlin-Specialty Care
July 2 at Rochester Health Center
July 11 at Sharon Health Center
Aug. 29 at Gifford Specialty Care in Randolph
Foot screenings are recommended for those who are pre-diabetic, diabetic, or experiencing foot pain or numbness. During the screenings, Gifford providers will test patients’ blood-glucose levels; examine skin condition, sensitivity, and bone structure of feet; and suggest proper footwear or follow-up recommendations.
The Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommend annual foot screenings for diabetics over age 50. “In the United States, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy [damage to the nerves that travel to our arms and legs] is diabetes,” the APMA reports. “According to the American Diabetes Association, 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy within their lifetime.”
Other causes of nerve damage include acute injury, medications, heredity, infections, advanced age, arthritis, alcoholism, and neurological disorders.
Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.