As the director and chief of Lincoln Hospital’s Pharmacy Department, Dr. Babak Bamdad oversees all of the hospital’s pharmacy operations. Committed to giving back to his community, Babak Bamdad, PharmD, often makes care packages, complete with T-shirts, mittens, and socks, for kids at a homeless shelter.
Since people who are homeless often walk several miles daily for food and shelter, the lack of socks can significantly impact their overall foot health. Each foot contains about 125,000 sweat glands on the bottom. This means that feet can produce a lot of moisture during the day. When this moisture isn’t properly wicked away, it softens the skin, thus making it more prone to blisters. Blisters make it extremely painful to walk and can essentially bar people without a home from getting the food and shelter they need.
Over time, blisters can lead to more serious issues, such as trench foot. When this condition takes hold, the outer layer of the skin of the foot absorbs water and swells. This leads to blisters and, if left untreated, infection and tissue death. Common during WWI, it has largely been eliminated in developing countries, with the exception of the homeless population.
Blisters aren’t the only foot issue facing people without a home, either. In areas that get snow, it takes only about 30 minutes to incur frostbite. This time is reduced to five to 10 minutes at temperatures of -15 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. These issues are easily avoidable as long as people have warm, well-fitting socks.
At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Babak Bamdad’s primary duties involve establishing and maintaining quality, performance, and productivity standards in accordance with those set by Presentation Medical Center.