Harlingen – Dr. Luis R. Venegas, DPM, ABPM, a podiatrist, opened a new office
in Harlingen to treat patients with foot problems – including many
diabetes patients in the Valley who may develop wounds on their feet which
are difficult to heal.
At his new office in Harlingen Medical Center's Medical Office Building,
Dr. Venegas hopes to increase access to foot care for patients in the
Harlingen-San Benito area. But Dr. Venegas is no stranger to treating
Valley patients with foot problems. For the past seven years, Dr. Venegas
has been seeing patients at the Wound Healing Center at Harlingen Medical
Center – as well as treating patients in the Brownsville area for
the past 17 years.
During recent years, Dr. Venegas said he has been seeing more young patients
in the Valley, including some in their 30's and 40's, developing
foot wounds related to diabetes. Dr. Venegas said that diabetic patients
should check their feet every day, to look for lesions, ulcers or any
other problems, which could lead to damage and dangerous infections of
If foot problems are not properly cared for, diabetes and other patients
run the risk of progressively-increasing problems which could result in
having to have their foot or leg amputated. In some cases, this could
result in the patient becoming disabled, unable to work, or needing care
in a nursing home.
"Since we are having this surprising increase in younger people having
complications with their feet, I believe it is time to increase education
and awareness, not only among the elderly population, but among the younger
population, in colleges, high schools, etc., regarding the importance
of diet, exercise and general health awareness," Dr. Venegas said.
Dr. Venegas, who currently serves as Medical Director for the Wound Healing
Center at Harlingen Medical Center, previously practiced in podiatry and
wound care in Miami, Florida, for four years. He is board certified by
the American Board of Podiatry, and is a Fellow of the American Professional
Wound Care Association.
Dr. Venegas completed a residency at a U.S. Veteran's Administration
hospital in New York (the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hospital), and a fellowship
in foot care and surgery at New York Downtown Hospital, and at foot clinics
in New York. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
Fluent in Spanish and English, Dr. Venegas also attended Pontificia Universidad
Catolica de Puerto Rico, where he met his wife, Jannette. After living
in big cities, including New York and Miami, for several years, Dr. Venegas
and Jannette decided to come to the Valley in search of a more family-friendly
"We came to visit and fell in love with the Valley," Dr. Venegas
said. "The lifestyle was really good, and it was really family-oriented."
While living in the Valley, they have raised three sons, including their
youngest son who recently became an Eagle Scout. Their oldest son is working
as an aerospace engineer in Florida after graduating from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, and the middle son is studying mechanical engineering
at the University of Houston.
Dr. Venegas' new office is located in Harlingen Medical Center's
Medical Office Building, 5005 S. Expressway 77, Suite 101 (in the building
closest to the Expressway, outside the hospital, on the first floor).