(O’FALLON, IL) HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is hosting a free educational health presentation, Health Connections, on Thursday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the hospital. Lunch and refreshments will be provided but seats are limited so RSVPs are required.
The topic for this session is “Diabetic Foot Care: Prevention and Treatment” presented by Daniel Thouvenot, DPM, a specialist in podiatric medicine and surgery with Next Step Foot and Ankle Centers and who is on staff at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
The public is invited to learn about proper foot care to prevent or delay foot complications and understand current treatment options available.
It is estimated that diabetes-related foot problems account for one in five hospital visits for diabetic patients. Fortunately, by understanding how diabetic foot damage occurs, patients can take preventative steps to avoid developing sores, ulcers and possible amputation.
“Neuropathy, or nerve damage, causes loss of pain and temperature sensation in patients and leads to a higher risk of injuries for diabetics,” Thouvenot said. “Other foot damage risks include dry skin and vascular damage.” It is important for the public to understand their individual risks and know when to take action, he added.
Health Connections is a recently introduced educational presentation series at the hospital. Sessions are held every other month. Those interested in attending the May 23 presentation may email StEMarketing@hshs.org or call 618-234-2120, ext. 41270 to register. The boardroom is located on the first floor of the hospital. Enter the building at the main entrance under the blue "Hospital" sign and continue down the hall to the boardroom.