Shenandoah University health and pharmacy students came together to start a free monthly foot care clinic at the Winchester Rescue Mission.
“Diabetes was a big thing that they needed help addressing and managing and also screening for. So we set up this foot clinic here to help, not only give, them education and care but hopefully provide intermediate care,” said Shenandoah physical therapy student Alex Argentieri.
The students are a part of the primary care progress student organization and in April, they started the clinic as part of their 2019 service project.
“It can be painful, you can lose sensation but you can also develop some ulcers and they can open up and ooze and bleed. It’s just not really good and that can lead to amputation,” said Shenandoah physician assistant student Jessica Jolly.
Project organizers say with Medicare expansions, local free clinics are filling up and they hope to provide care to patients who struggle to get an appointment elsewhere.
“It shows awareness for people that are less fortunate, that have issues with their health insurance,” said Winchester Rescue Mission resident Mark Hoke.
Health students say they are already seeing repeat patients and they enjoy getting to know more about each of their stories.
“You can imagine for somebody that’s on the lower-income level struggling with their day-to-day, to deal with a big medical problem, like, that is, pretty much life-changing at that point,” said Argentieri.
The clinic is on the first Monday of each month. The group also hopes to get nursing students involved in the future.