Diabetes is a worldwide catastrophe currently affecting approximately 29 million people in the United States. An estimated 550 million people will be diagnosed worldwide by 2030. An individual suffering from diabetes has a 1-in-4 chance of developing a wound over the course of their lifetime. Greater than 50% of all wounds become infected and approximately 20% of all infected wounds of the lower extremity lead to amputation. At Valley Diabetic Foot Center, there is hope.
Valley Diabetic Foot Center is a comprehensive diabetic foot and lower leg wound care practice. From routine diabetic foot care services to surgical intervention, our office offers the full spectrum of lower extremity wound services.
While your well being is our utmost priority, we believe in giving back to our local community. At Valley Diabetic Foot Center, we believe that the health of a community can be defined in many ways. That’s why we are actively involved in promoting healthcare and an active lifestyle by participating in philanthropic activities.
We have awarded eleven college scholarships to date. The scholarships are targeted toward migrant students in the surrounding rural communities who are pursuing a career in the medical field. As part of their application, they must write an essay about the effects of diabetes as well as suggest ways to educate those in their community about diabetes. These students are typically the first in their families to go to college.
We have donated 300 pairs of athletic shoes to elementary school children at the beginning of this past school year. The families were asked to call to reserve their shoes prior to coming in.
We offer diabetic foot ulcer and leg ulcer/wound care at no cost to individuals 18 years and older if they qualify for participation in clinical studies. These studies are typically not investigational, but instead are products that are already FDA-approved. These products are costly and these patients will not be charged for the product or office visits. They can also be reimbursed for their time and travel if they qualify. We also provide this same service for individuals who experience foot pain (plantar fasciitis) or have Achilles tendonitis.
We donated 350+ toys to a local organization this past Christmas season. Our office staff assisted with sorting these and other toys for a dinner for families that included a Santa visit and gifts. The toys were made available to the parents of these families and they “shopped” for toys for their children, wrap them onsite (wrapping supplies will be provided), and then gave them to their children from them so that their children will receive presents from their own parents.
Annually, we donate bicycles to children in our migrant farming communities.