Victoria Foot Specialist launches shoe drive

VICTORIA- Dr. Frank Henry, a podiatrist at the Foot Center in Victoria is launching a shoe drive to assist local residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Shoes that have gotten wet in the flood waters or clean up process can lead to numerous foot problems.

“Shoes can be infested with bacteria such as E-coli, MRSA and even Vibrio (if exposed to brackish or salt water) The CDC notes that over 200 Vibrio infections occur each year, with most occurring in the Gulf coast area. After Hurricane Katrina, five people died and 22 lost limbs as a result of Vibrio infections,” said Dr. Henry. “Wet shoes also shrink and become too tight causing foot infections from ingrown toenails, blisters, corns and foot ulcers. This is particularly dangerous to residents with diabetes who may subsequently require hospitalization and risk of amputation. Many of our residents cannot afford to buy new shoes due to the huge financial losses they have suffered from Harvey and are stuck wearing shoes that will cause them even more grief.”

New or gently used shoes and boots in women, children and men’s sizes will be collected at The Foot Center at 909 N Navarro, Victoria starting immediately and will be distributed to Crossroads residents by local charitable organizations. Shoe retailers are also encouraged to call if they have any overstock shoes they wish to donate.

For more information call 361-576-3338