Helping San Miguel Get on Its Feet!
By Krista Richter
Since 2006, the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation has come to San Miguel de Allende to provide foot and ankle care to the underprivileged. It began with one doctor coming from Colorado to CASA, and he then asked Texas doctors for help. That small mission has grown to 30 volunteers providing care for hundreds at Hospital General. In 2010, Dr. Roberto Maxwell of San Miguel partnered with the foundation to move to the Hospital General and work with the local government and DIF. He has been instrumental in the growth of the mission and outreach to the community in need. Thank you also to the Minister of Health, Dr. Vidargas, of Hospital General, and Javier Cerritos for their assistance with getting supplies, patients, and translators for the mission.
The mission provides two days of clinic for foot and ankle problems and two days of surgical correction for urgent foot and ankle issues. Clinical treatment includes ingrown nail treatment, cyst removal, callous removal, wound care, fungal analysis, and extreme heel pain and flat foot analysis. It is very rewarding to help a patient to finally work and walk without pain. Surgical correction is offered for urgent mobility cases and includes extreme bunions, forefoot and rear foot corrections, trauma repair, and clubfoot correction. Hospital General provides x-ray and blood work for all surgical patients and provides them with a postoperative visit the day after surgery. Two of the Texas doctors return six weeks after surgery to again check on these patients. Thank you to Hospital General and DIF.
The Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation volunteers also provide shoes, socks, and toys to local orphanages, including Mexiquito and Santa Julia. They also screen and treat children for foot problems.
Dr. Don Falknor, president of the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation and chairman of the mission since 2006, says, “The doctors want to give back and help patients who cannot afford or get help for foot and ankle deformities. In 2014, we were able to help a small boy that had not been able to walk since birth with clubfoot correction. This is so rewarding. Since 2006, we have treated over 2000 patients and provided over 500 shoes for children in the orphanages.”
On the Foundation web site, www.txpmf.org, there are two videos of past missions and of the clubfoot child case, as well as an online donation option. The Foundation is fully funded by personal donations and each doctor and volunteer pays his own way to come to Mexico. The next mission will be July 31-August 5 at Hospital General. Listen on the radio or contact Hospital General for information. Clinic days will be August 1 and 2 and a tent will be set up outside for patients. Translators are needed and welcome to come and assist 8:30am-5:30pm on August 1 and 2.
TPMF Contact: Krista Richter, Directora
201 Stillwater, Ste. 8, Wimberley, Tx 78676
Cell 512 626-3674, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.txpmf.org