HAMC announces new visiting specialist
A new specialist will serve Pierce County patients at Heart of America Medical Center and the Johnson Clinic in Rugby.
Dr. Roger Racz, who practices podiatry through Trinity Health in Minot, will visit the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby the first Tuesday of every month to see patient for foot and ankle care.
Racz said conditions he treats “could be anywhere from hammertoes to bunions to ingrown toenails or sprains. We see patients with diabetes and check their feet for any sores.”
“Obviously, we treat falls and breaks that occur in the wintertime,” Racz added, referring to injuries caused by slipping on ice.
“It’s kind of a little bit of variety,” Racz noted.
Racz offered foot care advice for Rugby residents.
“If a person is diabetic, if they can’t check their feet every day, they need someone to look at them,” Racz said. “(Diabetics) are more prone to sores and cuts on their feet. Sometimes they walk around barefoot, and they can’t feel their feet. They should wash their feet and apply lotion regularly to make sure their feet aren’t dry and cracked,” he added.
“In the summertime, people like to wear sandals,” Racz added. “So, I recommend sandals with good arch supports. Birkenstocks sandals work very well.”
Racz said he noticed people wearing water shoes and sandals to the pool in summer as well.
“When people wear shoes to the pool, there’s flip flop fungus (to worry about),” he said.
Racz said he has worked for Trinity Health for more than seven years. He studied medicine at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. “I’m from Florida originally, and I’ve lived in different states,” he said.
“I enjoy (living in North Dakota), he added. “Springs and summers are great. Winter’s a little harder, but manageable. I enjoy the state. It’s got a lot to offer, a lot of outdoor activities.”
Racz said he decided to practice in Rugby after learning “They had an opening and an opportunity to provide easier access to patients who live in the area.”
“I go in once a month for the clinic visits and once a month for surgery,” he said.
“We are in the Rugby area, so you don’t have to drive all the way to Minot, but we are in both (Rugby and Minot),” Racz added. “I’m excited to provide this opportunity for the community.”
Patients wishing to schedule appointments for Racz’s Rugby visits should call (701) 857-3584.
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