People living with homelessness are at high risk of becoming a victim of assault or robbery, being separated from children and pets, and contracting an illness that can spiral out of control. In fact, the health crisis among the homeless population is escalating, with a number of incidents of local outbreaks of hepatitis A and hepatitis B popping up across the country.
A lack of health care, exposure to illness and germs, unsanitary living conditions, an inability to wash clothes or properly store food, eating food that may have expired, and other factors all contribute to high rates of health issues among people living with homelessness.
Foot health, specifically, is an ongoing topic of concern for people living on the street. It is normal to experience trench foot, festering wounds, frostbite, and other issues related to wet feet. Not only can foot problems be debilitating in and of themselves, but they can also inhibit the person’s ability to get to safety when needed, secure gainful employment, or care for themselves.