Checks for Seniors & Disabled Persons

Foot Care & Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors &  Disabled Persons

A Public Health Registered Nurse will assess the condition of your feet, provide basic foot care and discuss any health related concerns you may have. If there are any questionable problems, you will be referred by the Public Health Registered Nurse to your primary physician or a podiatrist. The clinic Registered Nurse will obtain some demographic/medical information and take your blood pressure.

Clinics

The clinics are located at the following sites by appointment only:

Legion

1101 1st Street S
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

2nd Monday every month
8:30 a.m. to Noon

Russell Arms Apartments

315 Division Street
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

4th Thursday of odd months
8:30 a.m. - Noon

Riverside Apartments

101 Riverside Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

1st Thursday of odd months
8:30 a.m. to Noon

Benton County Human Services

531 Dewey Street
Foley, MN 56329

1st and 4th Thursday of even months.
8 a.m. - Noon

Cost

The recommended donation for foot care is $15 and the blood pressure check is $1.

Make an Appointment

Contact Benton County Public Health Unit 320-968-5141 or 320-968-5148.

Top Ten Foot Health Tips

Diseases, disorders and disabilities of the foot or ankle affect the quality of life and mobility of millions of Americans. However, the general public and even many physicians are unaware of the important relationship between foot health and overall health and well-being. With this in mind, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) would like to share a few tips to help keep feet healthy.

  1. Don't ignore foot pain-it's not normal. If the pain persists, see a podiatric physician.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
  3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).
  7. Alternate shoes-don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  8. Avoid walking barefooted-your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet as the rest of your body.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. If you are a person with diabetes it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.