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It is estimated that about 75 percent of people will suffer from a foot-related health problem at some point in their lives. If you’re a low income individual who suffers from chronic foot problems, you can be assured that help is now available to you via a new People Helping People program that gives a real “step up” for those in need of enhanced podiatric health.

Dr. Earlie Hairston, who maintains a private podiatry practice in Spring Hill, volunteers at the PHP Health Center once a month for uninsured low income individuals who meet eligibility. Make an appointment by calling 352-686-4466. And at 11 am on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Dr. Hairston will conduct an Open House at People Helping People, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. Here you’ll be able to meet Dr. Hairston who will give a brief overview of common foot problems and treatment and also the importance of diabetic foot care. There will be a question and answer period at the end and refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Maureen Soliman, RN, clinic administrator at People Helping People, credits Hairston as a true community volunteer. “PHP and the Hernando County uninsured community are fortunate to have Dr. Hairston at our health clinic the last Tuesday of every month,” she said. Hairston earned his doctorate of podiatric medicine from Barry University in Miami Shores, and completed two podiatric surgery residencies at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

Since 2004, he has served patients at his Family Podiatry Center in Spring Hill. Through his work as a podiatrist, explains material provided by People Helping People, he treats a crucial body part that comprises more than 50 bones, 200 muscles, 60 joints, tendons, and ligaments.

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Soliman feels that Hairston has both a heart and mind to treat the feet. “He is a fantastic community volunteer, always willing to help,” she said. “We are so lucky to have him.”

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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