Photos: Courtesy of Happy Feet Clinic
Foot ailments plague many of the homeless in Los Angeles. But a group of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA/ PRIME students and UCLA undergrads are working to make it better for residents of the city’s streets. Through the Happy Feet Clinic, the students set up day-long podiatry clinics at such locations as the downtown Union Rescue Mission, Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica and New Image Emergency Shelter in South L.A. Visitors to the clinics get a foot wash in a tub of warm, soapy water, followed by a foot exam. Students work alongside faculty mentors to check for everything from fungal infections to diabetes. Some foot ailments are remedied immediately, and often simple services prevent major foot problems from developing. A medical “education station” provides fresh socks, shoes and other essential foot-care products.
For more information, visit the Happy Feet Clinic website.