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Infections, diabetic nerve damage, deformities among foot problems of homeless people

from Medical Xpress

As many as two-thirds of the homeless population suffers some form of foot problem at any given time, according to research two Dalhousie medical students recently published in the international scientific journal, PLOS ONE. Matthew To and Thomas Brothers, both fourth-year students in Dalhousie Medical School's MD program, found that homeless and vulnerably housed people are seriously affected by a wide range of foot problems — from infections, ulcers, and injuries, to deformities, ingrown toenails, and nerve damage caused by uncontrolled diabetes. For some, problems as severe as frostbite, gangrene and diabetic neuropathy can lead to amputation. more

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