Podiatrist Dr. Scott Torness at Avera Foot and Ankle Clinic in Yankton looks at Joe Van Goor's recovering foot.
A well known sports radio broadcaster in the Yankton and Vermillion area was sidelined from the sideline to have foot surgery. And as Nancy Naeve Brown reports, he quickly learned how important it is to take care of your feet when you are diabetic.
Joe Van Goor was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2004. Like many diabetics, he also has neuropathy in his feet, which means he didn't feel a sore that developed on his foot a few months ago until the damage was done. Podiatrist Dr. Scott Torness at Avera Foot and Ankle Clinic in Yankton put him in the hospital the same day he saw him.
Joe says, "He was awful blunt. He said you could lose a toe, you could lose a foot. With diabetes I found out really fast an ulcer is nothing to mess around with."
Podiatrist Dr. Scott Torness at Avera Foot and Ankle Clinic says, "The sore went too long. It started with a callus formation that he didn't pay attention to which developed into an ulcer that infected the bone underneath."
Dr. Torness had to remove the infected bone behind Joe's little toe and put him on IV antibiotics. During his recovery they discovered his blood sugars were way out of whack. He now takes insulin daily, watches what he eats and what's on his feet.
Joe says, "Big lesson for sure."
As soon as Joe gets out of his walking boot he's be fitted for diabetic shoes. They have a cushy insole that is formed for the shoe and his foot will be formed to it.
Dr. Torness says, "He needs to have a good diabetic shoe that offloads his peak pressure areas. He can't go barefoot around the house and he will have to monitor his blood sugars to promote good tissue healing."
Joe Van Goor has been the voice of high school and college athletics in this part of the country for all of his adult life, the last 18 years at KVHT so he's going to make sure he stays a step ahead of his diabetes so he can stay ahead of the game which ever one he's covering.
While Joe was in the hospital Avera Sacred Heart Hospital's specially trained wound care team worked with Joe and his podiatrist to make sure all bases were covered during his initial recovery.