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Title: When should you refer to a podiatrist?

When should you refer to a podiatrist?
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  • Medicine is a wonderful, varied profession
    covering the body from head to toe. From the
    internist who serves as gatekeeper and to the
    specialized surgeon, the body is well cared for
    from head to toe. Podiatry has become specialized
    over the past decades to include everything from
    sports medicine and ankle surgery to wound care.
    Often, the challenge in medicine for the
    practitioner is to know when to refer a patient
    to a specialist with more specialized training.

  • Podiatric foot and ankle physicians and surgeons
    provide comprehensive medical and surgical care
    for a wide spectrum of foot and ankle conditions
    including common to complex disorders and
    injuries that affect people of all ages. They are
    uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of
    diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower
    extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis and
    cardiovascular disease, and they manage foot and
    conditions which may compromise the quality of
    life this include a vast array of medical
    conditions spanning various body systems such as
    integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous,
    endocrine, cardiovascular system etc.

  • The federal government is pursuing a
    patient-centered care delivery model, aimed at
    improving patient care quality, efficiency and
    savings. This is leading to a paradigm shift in
    traditional medical thinking. These changes will
    require the healthcare providers/industry to
    embrace a strategy of collaborative partnership
    and clinical integration with the intent to
    improve patient care.

  • How can podiatrists improve patient care quality,
    efficiency and savings? Lets use diabetes as an
    example. Diabetes is a pandemic problem that
    results in an amputation every 20 seconds. The
    CDC says 1 in 10 adults currently have diabetes
    and rapidly rising also diabetes costs 245
    BILLION to the healthcare system (as of 2012).
    Every five minutes, a patient will lose a limb in
    the U.S. due to diabetes. Diabetic foot
    ulcerations (DFUs) are precursors to amputation.
    Since time is of the essence when it comes to
    tissue loss and healing, prompt intervention in
    patients with diabetic foot disorders may
    preserve limbs, restore function and keep
    patients out of hospitals. We are all aware of
    the commonly quoted statistic that 1 of the
    patient population accounts for 20 of all
    healthcare expenses hence timely and prompt
    podiatric consultation and intervention will
    result in improved quality, efficiency and

  • This care is integral in reducing hospital stays,
    keeping patients active and helping to bring
    overall healthcare costs down. Outcomes data
    shows DPMs provide high-volume, quality, safe,
    and cost-effective care, especially related to
    chronic conditions like diabetes. Since more of
    the U.S. population is expected to be diagnosed
    with diabetic mellitus, peripheral arterial
    disease and other high risk lower extremity
    ailments over the coming years, DPMs will
    continue to be a valued partner in delivering
    primary and specialty care to this growing
    chronic disease and other at-risk populations.
  • Patient centered health care requires healthcare
    providers to work as a team, communicate among
    all specialties, and know when and where to
    refer. Maintaining good relations with other
    physicians in different specialties will make for
    a smoother transition to accomplish a common
    goal. After all, the different specialties make
    up the sum of all parts for treating the human
    body from head to toe.

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