PeaceHealth Orthopedic Surgeons to Provide Free Foot Exams Nov. 14

11/7/2012

​Two orthopedic surgeons from PeaceHealth Medical Group (PHMG) will provide free foot examinations, along with shoes and socks, Wednesday, Nov. 14 for the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham as part of the national “Our Hearts to Your Soles” program.


Warren Taranow, DO, and Carter Kiesau, MD, of the PHMG Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, along with volunteer nurses, physician assistants, orthotics and prosthetics specialists will mark the fifth year of local participation in the program. 

That team will be joined by other volunteers, including caregivers from PHMG Internal Medicine, who will provide flu shots on site. Free flu shots were added to the annual event beginning in 2010. 

At PeaceHealth, caregivers began donating new, packaged socks for the event several weeks ago. Dr. Taranow anticipates that approximately 175 pairs of donated shoes and socks will be distributed following examinations this year.

“Hearts to Soles,” a non-profit organization that provides free medical foot screening examinations and shoes to less fortunate people, collaborates with local orthopedic physicians and “Soles4Souls” (which facilitates the donation of new shoes) prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Dr. Taranow and his staff have organized and run the event locally since 2008, not long after the Hearts to Soles outreach began nationally. Each year, the local event has expanded. In 2008, about 75 men were served; in 2009 more than 100 received free exams and footwear. According to Dr. Taranow, the event’s growth and success has been the result of a commitment to serve the community and the support of partner agencies.

“Community service embodies our core values at PeaceHealth – respect, stewardship, collaboration, and social justice,” said Dr. Taranow. “Supporting the well-being and safety of all community members is vital.

“I appreciate the opportunity to provide care where it is needed,” he added.

Previously, the event relied on donations from national organizations such as Soles4 Souls and Our Hearts to Your Soles. Last year, the PeaceHealth Foundation joined as a contributing partner. Local support helps to provide shoes for children, as well as gloves for all. To contribute, donations can be made to PeaceHealth Foundation​ – Soles4Souls via 360-788-6866 or the website.

“And I want to personally thank the staff at PeaceHealth Orthopedics, Cornerstone Orthotics and Prosthetics, Hoagland’s Pharmacy and Superfeet for their skills and generous donation of time and supplies for this ongoing community project,” said Dr. Taranow.​