Eric Vainer - Brooklyn Pedorthist
About Eric Vainer
An ABC-licensed pedorthist, Eric Vainer has more than 20 years of experience working both in for-profit and not-for-profit environments. He currently holds several positions, including that of COO of PALA Community Care, LLC, in Brooklyn, New York. At PALA, Eric Vainer strives to empower individuals with physical limitation in overcoming adversity and gaining lasting independence.
Mr. Vainer is also the current proprietor of Dear Feet, a Brooklyn-based 501(c)(3) company. Through various outreach clinics, Dear Feet offers state-of-the-art foot-care options to individuals with low income. These clinics provide free transportation as well as snacks for diabetic patients. Dear Feet also holds educational seminars that teach people how to recognize the symptoms of health problems and how to maintain their overall health.
In his free time, Eric Vainer likes to play tennis and basketball. He also channels his competitive energies into assisting various charities with their fundraising efforts. An avid traveler, he enjoys visiting Russia, Italy, and Monaco.
Risk Factors to the Diabetic's Feet
A licensed pedorthist, Eric Vainer serves as chairman and senior board member of the non-profit organization Dear Feet. In this role, Eric Vainer helps patients with diabetes to receive the foot care and footwear that they need.
A number of risks to the foot exist for the diabetic patient. One of the most common is diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that results from uncontrolled blood sugar. Diabetic neuropathy can lead to a loss of sensation in the extremities, and this loss can cause an individual to be unaware of a sore or cut that then becomes infected. Furthermore, if the neuropathy affects the nerves in the foot muscles, the patient may suffer a loss of alignment and a change in the shape of the feet.
Because of the loss of proper alignment in the diabetic foot, many diabetics frequently develop calluses or corns. The discomfort of these conditions leads many patients to attempt to remove the abnormality with over-the-counter topical products or razors. This poses a serious risk of infection to the patient, particularly if he or she suffers from neuropathy.
Patients with diabetes may also develop peripheral vascular disease, which limits the flow of blood in the body. This is particularly dangerous for diabetics prone to foot injuries, as poor blood flow inhibits the healing process. Experts recommend that patients with diabetes examine their feet on a daily basis and seek regular medical care to address any abnormalities or injuries.