Page 4 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - April, 2016
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Make your
feet a top in brief
USDA Food Program
National Foot Health
Awareness Month is a If you are interested in signing up
good time to get checked for the USDA Food Program, call the
South Puget Intertribal Planning
What is diabetes? A podiatrist is an important part of your diabetes treatment team. Agency Food Distribution Warehouse
at 360-438-4216 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Diabetes is the inability to GET CHECKED other doctors. They can specialize in Monday through Friday.
manufacture or properly use insulin, many fields, including surgery, sports Our staff will be happy to assist you in
and it impairs the body’s ability to Dr. Behre will be at the Chehalis Tribal medicine, wound care, pediatrics applying for the program.
convert sugars, starches and other foods Wellness Center from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 (children) and diabetic care. Distribution dates are April 26, May
into energy. p.m. April 27, May 11, June 27 and July 24, June 27 and July 26. Pickup is at
24. Call 360-273-5504 to schedule an Take action the Chehalis Tribal Community Center
The long-term effects of elevated appointment. from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can lead Additional information is available from If you have diabetes, follow these
to serious damage to the eyes, heart, the American Diabetes Association at foot care tips: Urgent care options
kidney, nerves and feet.
n Inspect feet daily. Check your feet Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
Diabetes affects the lives of nearly n After an amputation, the chance and toes every day for cuts, bruises, recommends using the nearest urgent
26 million people in the United States. of another amputation within three to sores or changes to the toenails, such as care facilities in our area. Wait times
Nearly seven million don’t even know five years is as high as 50 percent. thickening or discoloration. are half of what you’ll find in an ER.
they have the disease yet. Here are area urgent care options:
n Including a podiatrist in your n Wear thick, soft socks. Avoid Summit Pacific Medical Center
While there is no cure for diabetes, diabetes care can reduce the risk socks with seams, which could rub Urgent Care, 600 E Main St. Elma,
there is hope. With proper diet, exercise, of lower limb amputation up to and cause blisters or other skin 360-346-2222. Hours: Noon-8
medical care and careful management 85 percent and lowers the risk of injuries. p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
at home, a person with diabetes can hospitalization by 24 percent. Saturday-Sunday
avoid the most serious complications n Exercise. Walking can keep Valley View Walk In Clinic, 1800
and enjoy a full life. The keys to amputation prevention weight down and improve circulation. Cooks Hill Road, Suite G Centralia,
are early recognition and regular foot Be sure to wear appropriate athletic 360-736-3042. Hours: noon-10 p.m.
Podiatrists play a key role in helping screenings performed by a podiatrist, shoes when exercising. Monday-Sunday (for services after
patients manage diabetes successfully the foot and ankle expert. 8 p.m., call to see if time slots are
and avoid foot-related complications. n Have new shoes properly available)
What is a podiatrist? measured and fitted. Foot size and Providence Pediatric After Hours
Diabetes warning signs shape can change over time. Shoes that Clinic, 914 S Scheuber Road
A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric fit properly are important to those with Centralia, 360-330-8526. Hours:
n Skin color changes medicine, also known as a podiatric diabetes. 6-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday
n Swelling of the foot or ankle physician or surgeon. They diagnose Woodland Urgent Care, 1299 Bishop
n Numbness in the feet or toes and treat conditions of the foot, ankle n Don’t go without shoes, even in Road Chehalis, 360-748-9822. Hours:
n Pain in the legs and related structures of the leg. your own home. The risk of cuts and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-
n Open sores on feet that are slow to infection is too great for those with 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (noon-5 p.m.
heal Podiatrists are the most qualified diabetes. holidays)
n Ingrown and fungal toenails doctors to care for your feet. They Westcare Clinic, 3000 Limited Lane
n Bleeding corns and calluses complete four years of training in a n Never try to remove calluses, NW Olympia, 360-357-9392. Hours:
n Dry cracks in the skin, especially podiatric medical school and three corns or warts by yourself. Over-the- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-
around the heel years of hospital residency training. counter products can burn the skin and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
cause irreparable damage to the foot For questions, call the clinic at
Visit a podiatrist This training is similar to that of for people with diabetes. 360-273-5504. For life-threatening
health issues, call 911 and/or go to the
Because diabetes is a disease n See a podiatrist. Regular nearest emergency room.
affecting many parts of the body, checkups by a podiatrist – at least
successful management requires a annually – are the best way to ensure Ordering medications
team approach. that your feet remain healthy.
Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
A podiatrist is an integral part of the patients: If you want your medications
treatment team and has documented picked up, please get on the list at the
success in preventing amputations: CTWC.
They will be picked up at Safeway on
n More than 65,000 lower limbs Tuesdays and Fridays.
are amputated annually because of Remember to not wait until you run
complications from diabetes. out of medications before you call
them in because it can take a few
days to complete refills.
Call 360-273-5504.
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