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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.
It's time. You’re vaccinated and taking the proper precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19. It’s time to get back to life and back in your game. Time to develop healthier habits. Time to protect your family by paying attention to your diabetes.
“Diabetes is a huge concern for members of the Hispanic community,” said Javier LaFontaine, DPM, MS, an APMA-member podiatrist in Dallas, TX. “If you are Hispanic, your risk of developing diabetes is twice as high as a white American’s risk. And a wide variety of factors, from language barriers to insurance coverage, may make it more difficult to manage your diabetes.”
Diabetes can have serious consequences, including ulcers on your feet, infections, amputation, and even death. But there are simple steps that can help prevent complications in your feet:
It’s time to do a daily foot check. Look for minor injuries and changes to temperature, color, and even hair growth. If you notice a problem, see a podiatrist right away.
It’s time to stop depending on home remedies. See a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and regular care.
It’s time to get back in your game. Check with your podiatrist before you return to sports and other activities for advice on how to avoid injuries. When you have diabetes, even a minor foot injury can mean big trouble.
It’s time to cut back the comfort foods. Healthy food is medicine, and small changes can have a big impact for your diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar and see a primary care doctor regularly.
It’s time to see a podiatrist for regular diabetic foot exams at least once a year. Ask about telehealth options that will allow you to include your spouse or a family member.
Learn from our experts: APMA spokesperson Jane Andersen, DPM, joined the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists' podcast, The Huddle, speaking on the importance of diabetes care by a podiatrist. Listen here! APMA Trustee David Alper, DPM, shared his advice with a patient in an interviewproduced by the American Diabetes Association.
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For APMA Members, State Components, and Affiliated Organizations
Individual members and practices can make use of the resources in our digital toolkit to promote their expertise and educate current and prospective patients. These downloadable resources include social media posts, a press release, a feature story, social media graphics and logos, a tip sheet, physician referral letter, and a special edition ofFootprints.
Note: Members in New York should contact NYSPMA Executive Director Dan Klinefor materials customized to your needs.