My Diabetic Patient: A Case Study

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The summer entering my senior year in high school, I sprained my ankle quite badly in a basketball game landing awkwardly after grabbing a rebound. The training staff at my school examined my ankle and performed serious strength tests and palpitations, gave me an ice pack, an ace bandage and an orthopedic physician. I was a starter and team captain, now handicapped to crutches and feelings of disappointment. Having to shift my weight towards my good foot to adapt to my injury became exhausting. My doctor, however, showed great empathy towards me.
His passion to heal my body both physically and mentally brought peace and assurance to my situation. He also, inadvertently, sparked my interest in what would evolve into a career in podiatry. Upon
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He showed me pictures of one particular diabetic patient who had suffered from numerous ulcers and lesions on his feet calves several weeks prior to my visit. There was a dramatic improvement leading to his current, healthy state, and it was nearly impossible to link this patient to the one exhibiting the conditions in the photos. The joy and gratitude displayed on the patient’s face affirmed that he was most thankful to have someone who possessed the power to heal life-threatening ailment. It was awe-inspiring to witness the impact Dr. Kase had on this one man’s life.
My own sports injuries, working as student trainer, and shadowing a practicing podiatrist have served to corroborate and enhance my interest to pursue podiatry. Over the years, I have matured both personally and intellectually and am confident a career in podiatry will fulfill my appreciation for an intellectual challenge, my desire to restore health in others, and provide for opportunities in which to specialize. Ultimately, I plan to open my own practice to serve a dual podiatry and sports medicine clinic and help those suffering from the many ailments of the
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