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Foot Care and Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors and Disabled Persons

A Public Health RN will assess the condition of your feet, provide basic foot care and discuss any health related concerns you may have. If there are any questionable problems, you will be referred by the Public Health RN to your primary physician or a podiatrist. The clinic RN will obtain some demographic/medical information and take your blood pressure.

The clinics are located at the following sites by appointment only:

Legion, 1101 1st St S, Sauk Rapids, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. 2nd Monday every month.

Russell Arms Apts, 315 Division St, Sauk Rapids, 8:30 - 12:00 noon. 4th Thursday of odd months.

Riverside Apts, 101 Riverside Dr, Sauk Rapids, 8:30 - 12:00 noon. 1st Thursday of odd months.

Benton County Human Services, 531 Dewey Street, Foley, MN, 8:00 - 12:00 noon. 1st and 4th Thursday of even months.

What is the Cost?
The recommended donation for foot care is $15.00 and the blood pressure check is $1.00.

To make an appointment contact:
Benton County Public Health Unit 320-968-5141 or 320-968-5148

Top Ten Foot Health Tips

Diseases, disorders and disabilities of the foot or ankle affect the quality of life and mobility of millions of Americans. However, the general public and even many physicians are unaware of the important relationship between foot health and overall health and well-being. With this in mind, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) would like to share a few tips to help keep feet healthy.

  1. Don't ignore foot pain—it's not normal. If the pain persists, see a podiatric physician.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
  3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).
  7. Alternate shoes—don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  8. Avoid walking barefooted—your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet as the rest of your body.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. If you are a person with diabetes it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.