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Dr. Kristina Thompson, Podiatrist at Veterans Memorial Hospital, recommends the following ways to care for your feet.

Foot Health-Caring for the Feet who Support the Entire Body

The feet are a part of the body that is often ignored, but is truly one of the most important parts, supporting the rest of the body in most every move it makes.  Podiatrists are medical professionals who specialize in foot and ankle care.  A podiatrist diagnoses and treats health issues concerning not only the feet, but the ankle as well.

Podiatrist Dr. Kristina Thompson of Veterans Memorial Hospital is available every Monday and Wednesday in Waukon consulting and treating patients, and even providing minor surgical procedures.

“I chose to specialize in foot health because I developed an interest in the treatment of diabetes and wanted to help prevent diabetes related complications.  From there, I zoned in my specialty to clinical podiatry with an emphasis in wound care of the lower extremity,” states Dr. Thompson.  “I enjoy podiatry because I can form relationships with patients of all ages.  I appreciate patients sharing their stories with me and helping them improve their quality of life.”

“The feet are very complicated with 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that can have something go wrong internally,” explains Dr. Thompson.  “Externally, feet can have issues with corns, calluses, bunions, ingrown nails, cracks, and wounds which are often caused by poor circulation, decreased sensation, and diabetes. I treat full scope foot and ankle as well as perform minor surgical procedures.  I have a special passion for wound care and diabetic education.  I emphasize building a trusting relationship with my patients and believe in patient autonomy to find a plan which will fit with their lifestyle.”

Dr. Thompson recommends the following ways to care for your feet:

  • Wear supportive shoes! I love a good walking/running shoe for everyday wear.  If you’re diabetic, Medicare will pay for custom diabetic shoes and inserts.  Take advantage of this!
  • Wear a properly fitted shoe. Shoes which are too big or too small can cause foot pain and wounds.
  • If you are diabetic, perform daily foot checks.  Do this to ensure that your skin is healthy and no wounds have started.  This will decrease your risk of infections which could lead to amputations.
  • If your feet are dry, avoid soaking and apply an unscented lotion.  If possible, apply lotion at bedtime and cover with a sock.  Don’t apply lotion between your toes.

To make an appointment with Dr. Thompson, please call the Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.