OSF offers free foot treatment to Rockford homeless at free clinic

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Homeless people at the Rockford Rescue Mission received some much needed foot care Wednesday morning.

Podiatry residents with OSF St. Anthony Medical Center treated the feet of the homeless and handed out new sets of boots.

People without a home often spend a lot of time on their feet or walking, officials said.

During the cold months, many never take off their boots for fear of them being stolen, which can cause a lot of problems, especially if the person has health issues, like diabetes.

“One, they might not be educated on who to take care of their feet,” said Podiatry Resident Brittany Wojnicki. “Some people have neuropathy, can’t feel their feet and don’t realize they have wounds. So, it’s important to educate them, and show them.”

While over 50 people were treated at Wednesday’s clinic, OSF is still looking for donations of about 30 more boots for men, women and children.

Donations can be dropped off at OSF St. Anthony Hospital at 5666 E State Street.

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