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Program Provides Proper Fitting Shoes to Homeless in Rochester

Some of Rochester’s homeless were given proper- fitting footwear and a medical foot screening on Tuesday, January 6, in conjunction with the “Our Hearts to Your Soles” Program.

Luke S. Loveys, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at the Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital, helps organize the annual event. Dr. Loveys provided free foot screenings, and was joined by staff from Red Creek Orthopaedic and the Foot Performance Center, who helped distribute new shoes to Rochester’s homeless.

“This event provides us the opportunity to use our expertise to help others in need,” said Dr. Loveys. “Many homeless people are forced to wear shoes that may be several sizes too small, causing painful problems such as blisters and calluses. The snow boots and sneakers handed out this evening, donated by the Red Wing Shoe Company, will help to better protect their feet,” he added.

Homeless people in 40 states have been helped by “Our Hearts to Your Soles.” The nationwide program was started in 2004, in Pennsylvania, by Matthew and Laura Conti, whose father is an orthopaedic surgeon at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital. The program’s goal is to someday provide free footwear and screenings to people in all 50 states.

Luke Loveys, M.D.:
Dr. Luke Loveys is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital. Dr. Loveys is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His sub-specialty interests include disorders of the foot and ankle. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, and a practicing partner of Red Creek Orthopaedic. 

Our Hearts to Your Soles:
In September 2004, Our Hearts to Your Soles was founded by Matthew and Laura Conti, students in the North Allegheny School District located near Pittsburgh. After volunteering at Allegheny General Hospital and seeing the problems that can be caused by improper footwear, they started a non-profit organization that provides free medical foot screenings and shoes to less fortunate people. To receive more information about "Our Hearts to Your Soles" visit www.heartstosoles.com.

Unity Hospital is an affiliate of Unity Health System, a 681-bed health care network serving the city of Rochester and western Monroe County. Specialty units include intensive care, surgery, chemical dependency and mental health, obstetrics, brain injury rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. Unity Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission is affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.