Posted: Mar 21, 2013 12:01 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Mar 21, 2013 6:37 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Diabetes affects about 86,000 people in the Coastal Bend and not all of them have insurance to help cover their needs.
Today, dozens of those people went to Metro Ministries looking for a solution to their foot problems and left with a new pair of orthopedic shoes.
"I got a spur on one of my heels, so this feels really good on my heels," said Henry Anderson.
He walked into Metro Ministries health clinic in pain, but walked out with a whole new perspective.
Jose Vallejo had the same experience, he found out he has diabetes 4 years ago. "I didn't know nothing about diabetes, nothing, I was completely blind about it," Vallejo said.
Now, he unfortunately knows that without those shoes, simply walking is painful. "They swell up, you have pains, and basically swelling, yes, basically swelling," Vallejo told us.
The shoes have been out of his budget until now; Dr. Christian Dickson decided to donate 93 pairs of orthopedic shoes he had stored in his office to Metro Ministries. That's where many packed in to pick up some shoes.
The doctor and his staff fitted anyone in need and gave some tips. "This gentleman we spoke with today, he's in pain on a daily basis and I feel there's a good chance within a few weeks, his pain will be gone," Dickson said.
Not everyone who got a pair has diabetes, Dickson said the shoes also help people with other medical conditions. Anderson, who's lived at Metro Ministries for 5 months now says he falls into that category. "I'm not diabetic, but I have heart disease and I get winded really easy when I walk," he told us.
He traded in an old beat up pair of shoes for a new pair of orthopedic shoes. Now, he says he's going for a walk...
The shoes not picked up today will stay at the clinic for others in need.
For patients like Vallejo and Anderson, it makes all the difference in the world.
"Yeah, they are expensive, I can't afford them, but thanks to the help of this doctor you know," Vallejo said.
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