The Brigham Foot & Ankle Center (BFAC) returned to the Pine Street Inn on 19 Nov 2014 to give foot & ankle care as well as socks and shoes to many of the homeless in Boston. This was our fifth consecutive year that we were at the shelter. The number of people we help continues to expand every year. This year we dispensed over 100 pairs of new shoes and provided about the same number of pairs of moisture wicking thick pile socks socks to the homeless.
High level orthopedic foot and ankle care was provided by Christopher Chiodo, MD, Jeremy Smith, MD, myself and our fellow Brandon Hayes, MD. Our physician assistants Shari Vigneau, Samantha Noonan and Adrienne Bonvini not only helped with clinical care but also deserve a huge thank you as they provided the logistical support to carry this event off. Joe Hartigan, DPM also lent his expertise. The services we provided consisted of examinations, small soft tissue procedures, nail care and advice on daily foot care and cleaning.
BFAC has made this an annual event to assure Boston’s homeless population benefits from the national Our Hearts to Your Soles program. Despite generous donations from our sponsors, who provided shoes and funds for socks, we still are not able to get all the clients who desire them season-appropriate footwear. One of my goals for next year is to get surplus boots from government contract manufacturers so that proper winter-weather shoe gear is available. Please consider contributing at the site below so that we can continue and expand our efforts to provide this valuable service to the homeless.
The Pine Street Inn is one of the largest shelters for the homeless in the city of Boston. They provide a full line of services for the homeless including daily meals, emergency sheltering, job training & placement and social enterprise.
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