2nd Lagos Podiatry & Diabetes Foot Care Workshop

2nd Lagos Podiatry & Diabetes Foot Care Workshop

L-R: American Podiatrists and workshop trainers Dr. James Kinchsular and Dr. William Harris, chairman of the occasion, Prof. Tayo Johnson, Project Coordinator, Diabetes Podiatry Initiative Nigeria, Dr. Afokoghene Isiavwe and Dr Rahn Ravenell another trainer and Diplomat, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Lagos Podiatry and Diabetes Foot Care workshop organised by Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre in collaboration with the World Diabetes Foundation in Lagos yesterday.

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Nigeria needs Podiatrists

Participants at the ongoing workshop on Podiatry and Diabetes Foot care workshop were told this morning that Nigeria must train Podiatrists to manage the growing number of diabetes patients now developing foot complications.

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon who diagnoses and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

The Project coodinator, Diabetes Podiatry Initiative, Nigeria, Dr. Afokoghene Isiavwe disclosed that non of the nation’s medical school teaches Podiatry as a course while there is no institution specifically designed to train doctors on foot care which is a major complication of diabetes.

This is why, she said, Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, a leading diabetes care hospital, in partnership with the World Diabetes Foundation established the diabetes podiatry initiative to help train Nigerian diabetes care givers.

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