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Today's podiatrist has the necessary education and training to treat all conditions of the foot and ankle and plays a key role in keeping America healthy and mobile while helping combat diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Your feet are excellent barometers for your overall health. Healthy feet keep you moving and active. They are quite literally your foundation. In this section, learn more about APMA Seal-approved and accepted products, proper foot care, common foot and ankle conditions, and how your podiatrist can help keep you and your feet healthy.
APMA is the only organization lobbying for podiatrists and their patients on Capitol Hill. As the voice of podiatric medicine to your legislators and regulators, APMA is active on a variety of critical issues affecting podiatry and the entire health-care system.
Today’s Podiatrist is a critical part of your diabetes care team.
Diabetes can have a significant impact on your feet, so seeing a podiatrist at least once a year is an important part of managing your condition and preventing complications. If you do experience a problem with your feet, your podiatrist is the best-qualified physician to treat it.
When you add a podiatrist to your health-care team, he or she can provide you with important information so you're better able to manage the effects of diabetes on your feet. If you are looking for a podiatrist in your area, check out our Find a Podiatrist tool.
Whether you've been diagnosed recently or have been fighting the disease for years, the resources below will help you to monitor your feet and prevent complications.
Individual members and practices can make use of the following resources to promote their expertise and educate current and prospective patients.
Note: Members in New York should contact NYSPMA Executive Director Dan Kline for materials customized for your needs.
Dear Colleague Letter: Inform your medical colleagues about the impact your care could have for their patients with diabetes. Access the Dear Colleague letter here.
Footprints Newsletter: This patient-focused newsletter can be customized with your practice information and printed for your waiting room or for community health events. Download the special diabetes edition here
Today's Podiatrist Diabetes Feature Article: Start the conversation with your local media by pitching this story, customizable for your practice. Access the feature article here.
Social Media Graphics and Logo Files: Promote the campaign in November with graphics on your practice website or by updating your social media accounts with our channel-specific graphics. Access the social media graphics and logo files here.
Sample Social Media Posts: Drive the conversation on social media in November and provide your audience with tips about how podiatrists can help manage their diabetes needs. View the sample social media posts here.
Diabetes Tip-sheet: This tip-sheet is a great addition to any office and informs patients of the benefits of care by podiatrists. It can also be used on your patient portal or shared with other physicians for their offices. Download the tip-sheet here.
Impact of Diabetes by State: This breakdown takes a close look at data relative to each state, with an additional look at the future of the diabetes epidemic. Use for presentations to other physicians or share with policymakers. View your state's incidence of diabetes and estimated annual costs related to diabetes.
Diabetes Surveys and Studies: APMA has compiled several studies related to diabetes and the impact of care by podiatrists. Share the information in media interviews and on social media.
Journal Articles: Search JAPMA Online for the latest in diabetic foot health research.
For State Components and Affiliate Organizations
APMA partner organizations are encouraged to implement the campaign in their own states.
Read First Document: Not sure where to begin to promote diabetes awareness? We've got you covered with these simple steps. View the Read First document here.
Feature Article: Start the conversation with your local media by pitching this story. Access the feature article here.
Press Release: Begin outreach to members of the media or other organizations and inform them about the impact of care by podiatrists with this ready-to-send press release. Note: APMA staff are available to help in compiling local media lists. Contact APMA Director of Communications and Marketing Peggy S. Tresky. Access the press release here.
Sample Social Media Posts: Drive the conversation on social media in November and provide your audience with tips for how podiatrists can help manage their diabetes needs. View the sample social media posts here.
Social Media Graphics and Logo Files: Promote the campaign in November with logos on your practice website or by updating your social media banners with these channel-specific graphics. Access the social media graphics and logo files here.