2016-03-14 L’Osservatore Romano
Calluses – known as hyperkeratosis in the world of science –, ingrown fingernails and toenails, hypertrophied feet are among the ailments that can now be treated in the clinic run by the Office of Papal Charities in the colonnade surrounding St Peter's Square. Located next to the showers and barber shop, the clinic began providing podiatrist services on Monday morning, 14 March, for these common and often painful conditions of those who live on the street.
According to Papal Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the service – provided by the Association of Italian Podiatrists – is free of charge. The project is headed by Mauro Montesi of La Sapienza University of Rome and president of the Association of Italian Podiatrists. Every Monday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm one specialist and three third-year podiatry students will assist those requiring services. The care and the number of days the clinic provides these services are expected to increase. Podiatrist Silvana De Luca was the first of five specialists to work the rotation. Each week the specialist will be accompanied by three different students. In the near future, the clinic hopes to have additional medical equipment so as to intervene more effectively.