MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - As a former military service member and a diabetic for 22 years, Marquette resident, Gordon Wittler understands the need to protect his feet.
"If you hurt your foot; you nick yourself or something, your foot may take a long time to heal, especially when you’re diabetic. You don't want to be losing a foot you know," Wittler reasoned.
That's why he goes to the new foot and nail clinic put on by U.P. Home Health & Hospice.
Doctor Nathan Loewen is a Podiatrist. He sees his share of problem feet and is glad this new clinic is available to anyone.
"A lot of people just can't trim their toenails like they would like to. And so for that matter, it's nice to have the help. That's great for their overall health. It also takes a lot of stress off the family," Loewen stated.
“There are a lot of things you can tell from toenails. Just taking care of them is important,” Loewen declared. That’s especially true for diabetics.
“To have someone on a regular basis to look at their feet ensure they don't have a wound. The nails themselves can cause wounds at times. And so it's very important to get routine care. So that's about once every three months," Loewen recommended.
The cost is $20 per visit and there are two locations for convenience. You can either visit the Advanced Center for Orthopedics in Marquette or UP Health System – Bell in Ishpeming.
During your visit, Medical Nail Technicians like Stephanie Zertuche will trim your nails, tend to any callouses and perform routine check-ups on the feet.
"Foot care is part of your health plan. As you get older your toenails tend to grow in or maybe get excessive skin underneath or toenails that split or become very, very thick. Sometimes older adults don't take care of their toenails just because they can’t reach their toenails,” Zertuche asserted.
If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, call 906-204-7003 to set up an appointment.