Spotlight on podiatrist Benny Fair

| December 9, 2015
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

Once again, Christmas is right around the corner and as always, I hope you shower GOD and Jesus with your love so that they too can feel special on this joyous holiday as you are surrounded by your loved ones.  And, for those of you who are going to celebrate this day by yourselves, I need you to remember, you may be by yourselves but you are never alone.  On that note, it pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because it’s not everyday that you meet a podiatrist who not only cares about his patients but also tries to put a smile on their faces as he delivers comfort to their well being by looking after the best interest of their feet.  So at this time, all we’d like for you to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy as you meet and learn more about him, as we travel on our journey of love.

But first of all, I’d like to share this:

“A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM).  They are also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon.  Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.  Feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, shock absorbers and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and well-being and, they require expert care.  The DPM means, a physician has completed years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training, making him or her uniquely qualified to care for this part of the body.

Dr. Bennie Fair

Dr. Bennie Fair

“Doctor Benny Fair is a podiatry specialist in Fort Wayne, Ind.  He graduated with honors from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1990.  Having more than 25 years of diverse experiences in podiatry Dr. Benny Fair affiliates with St. Joseph Health System LLC., and cooperates with other doctors and specialist in medical group Lafayette Foot and Ankle Clinic.” (courtesy information).

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Dr. Benny Fair (DPM) and I’m a podiatrist that’s located at Lafayette Medical Center 2700 S. Lafayette St., Suite 100 in Fort Wayne, Ind.  Our office hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays and our phone number is (260) 458-9953.

“I’m originally from Birmingham, Ala., and I attended podiatry school in Chicago, Ill., and did my residencies throughout the State of Indiana and my final stop was here in Fort Wayne and I ended up staying.  I enjoy what I do and I wouldn’t be doing anything else.    

“Growing up, I was always ambitious and I always knew that I wanted to become a doctor of some sort.  And, if you were to talk with some of my friends from back home, they’ll tell you I talked about becoming a physician since I was in elementary school because I was actually impressed with our family physician at the time.  He was a very smart man, I can’t remember what the problem was but I felt better instantly and I thought, this is pretty awesome.  This is something I want to do because I want to help people feel better and since then, I started working my way towards it.  

“I went to college immediately after high school, then I did a couple of years of graduate school and I took a break to work.  I worked as a medical technologist on the night shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and one of the orders we had was with a podiatrist and in talking with him, he started telling me what he did and invited me to his office.  He came by and picked me up the next morning and we went by the office and I saw a couple of surgeries that he did and some conservative treatments that he did and I liked it.  I also like it because it’s a profession that can give relief without causing pain.  You don’t really have to carry a pager with you or get calls during the middle of the night.  It involves surgeries such as removing bunions, ingrown toenails and correcting hammer toes and we do medical treatments, it has everything you want and you can have a life as well.  

“What has been my greatest joy in this profession is, helping people with the ability to be mobile and pain free, to keep Fort Wayne walking.  My biggest challenge has been, getting people to understand how important their feet are because they should take care of them like they take care of the rest of their body.  Some people have the tendency to get up in the morning, brush their teeth, comb their hair and everything else and put their shoes on.  They don’t really look at their feet but they should always pay attention because feet is the base of locomotion and when they have no other ability to travel, their feet can take them there, so they should keep them healthy. Take care of your feet and your feet will take care of you.          

“As far as, visiting the pedicure shops to be serviced, some are better than others and so it depends on where you go.  We see a lot of infections related to people going to some to get their feet done and the reason, for the most part is, they’re not sanitary.  They don’t have the solutions to kill all the bacterias needed before going from one client to the next and so, we see a lot of fungal infections.  Fungal infections causes the nails to become thickened, discolored or brittle.  We also see a lot of athletes feet from people that go to some of these places and that’s typically, feet and heels are very dry and scaly but we take care of this and get your feet back up to where they should be.          

“People with diabetes should avoid going to these shops unless they just want their nails polished but never allow them to use a sharp object on you.  Being a diabetic, you should always inspect your feet because inspecting your feet is very important.  All you have to do is, take a look and make sure you don’t have any open areas on your feet because that could lead to mild to serious infections and patients with uncontrolled diabetes, that can lead to very severe infections that are very difficult in healing.  So, diabetics should first of all inspect their feet daily and inspect between the toes especially for cuts.  Pain is also an indicator that something is going on and if that’s the case, they should definitely seek out a podiatrist.  As far as, the diabetic shoes that we have available here, they are very comfortable but the part that really helps is the diabetic inserts because they are custom made for that diabetic patient feet.

“For anyone interested in getting into this field, the advice I give them is, study hard.  A science, biology, chemistry and math background are very helpful.  Apply to as many of the schools as you can because there’s a lot of competition in getting one but if you keep your grades up and do decent on the MCAT (medical college admissions test) you will have a good chance on getting in.”    

Now in closing I say, great job, Benny and I know for a fact, that you take great care of your patients feet that I know and they’re very pleased.  So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye, bye, babies.

P.S.  If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love,  just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com.  I’d love to hear from you.

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