As I was wandering around Charlotte today, I came upon a woman collecting money to help her stay in a cheap hotel room for the night. She had been evicted and had stayed for a few weeks at a homeless shelter. However, as she said, those places are crowded and it was diminishing her health staying there. She then told me she has HIV/AIDS. She had been working in a fast food restaurant and lost her job due to discrimination against her illness. Her income was then drained quickly by the cost of health care. It seems that HIV/AIDS and homelessness goes hand in hand. In a study done by the National Coalition for the Homeless, 44% of people living with HIV/AIDS are unable to afford housing.
Now, what does this have to do with feet? Well, she then asked me what I do for a living and i told her i worked for a podiatrist. She then told me that she had tingling in her feet due to HIV/AIDS.The Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy for people with HIV/AIDS are usually stiffness,burning, tingling, numbness or loss of feeling in the soles of the feet and toes.
This woman was so sweet and accepting of her disease that it pained me to see her having to beg for money in order to keep herself safe and healthy. Thankfully, she had obtained orthotics from her doctor before she lost all of her money. People with HIV/AIDS are at high for serious foot complications so it is important to have proper foot care. Her Orthotics accommodate pressure and protect her feet from injury which is necessary when you are so susceptible to infection .
I hope one day that Carmel Foot Specialists,P.A.. will have an event where our doctors can offer advice and care in a community clinic. Because if there is anything important in life, it is community. I guess that’s my job to plan it. Look for more news on what Carmel Foot Specialists can do for the Charlotte,NC community!
Have a Happy Feet Day!