Down East Seniors Club talks podiatry

Published 1:57 pm Friday, April 15, 2016

The Down East Seniors Club held its April 13 meeting at the Blind Center of North Carolina in Washington. President Ed Hamrick led the meeting. Jim Hackney played for the singing of “God Bless America” and Charlie Mike Smith gave the invocation. Dick Paul and Mark Eakes provided humor.

Julius Brauer introduced Dr. Ainsley Rusevlyan, podiatrist with Roberson Foot Care. Dr. Ainsley, as she is commonly called, treats ailments from the knee down. She said a common foot problem is neuropathy, a deadening of the nerves. Many times this is caused by diabetes, but it can also result from injury, old age or other causes. This can allow feet to be injured (cuts, abrasions, blisters, corns, etc.) without being noticed. Thus anyone with foot neuropathy needs to carefully inspect their feet every day. Compression stockings (knee high with light compression) are good to wear for anyone who stands for long periods. Corns should not be treated with medicated corn pads but should be reduced in thickness by a pumice stone at the end of a bath. One should not go barefoot, even in the house. Feet need the support provided by properly fitting shoes. Nail fungus may be treated by prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and by filing down the nail thickness. Dr. Ainsley also answered many questions.

Sam Price won the 50/50 drawing.