FOOT HEALTH - WHAT TO KNOW IN 2021
In the year since the COVID-19
pandemic struck, our lives have
changed fundamentally. Everything
from our fitness routines to our daily
activities to our access to goods and
services looks a little different these
days. And our health is no exception.
Footprints caught up with Ami Sheth, DPM,
APMA-member podiatrist to find out
what impact the pandemic has had
on America’s foot health.
Ami Sheth, DPM, offered advice to consider before booking a telehealth appointment.
“It’s fairly easy, and I’ve had older patients use it,” Dr. Sheth said. “I think it needs to be utilized and needs to be worked into medicine.”
“My patients love telemedicine because it gives them access to a variety of solutions. I am able to give a patient MRI reviews, outline next steps, follow up on treatment plans, and follow up on physical therapy all through telemedicine,” Dr. Sheth said.
Many patients have expressed concern about visiting health-care facilities while the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. For those who prefer to stay at home, many APMA member podiatrists are offering telehealth appointments as an option for some patients.
Telemedicine is quick and simple for almost all patients.
She advised that patients prepare for a telemedicine appointment in advance. Find a well-lit, quiet space with strong Wi-Fi connectivity. If you aren’t able to hold your device so that your physician can see your foot or ankle, ask a family member to help or prop your device against a wall to allow your podiatrist a good view. Make a list of questions or concerns to address during the appointment.
Telemedicine isn’t advisable for every condition or appointment. Ask your doctor if your condition can be addressed with a telehealth appointment.
Courtesy - Foot Prints An Informational Newsletter for Patients of APMA Member Podiatrists