When Patients Ask About Online Information On Products And Procedures

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By Andrew J. Meyr, DPM and John S. Steinberg, DPM

   We can probably all agree that telemedicine means are not the ideal way to evaluate our patients with diabetes but it is probably better than nothing. Would you rather not evaluate a patient with a diabetic foot ulceration at all or have some form of evaluation, no matter how limited?

   In the United States and throughout the world, the rate of diabetes and lower extremity amputations as a result of diabetes have steadily increased and increased at a rate that exceeds our ability to produce diabetic foot “experts.” As a profession, we should be exploring different ways for a limited amount of specialists to evaluate a growing number of patients effectively.

   In many situations, we are teaching ourselves in addition to our patients. Each and every situation presents a unique opportunity for self-education and self-improvement so we are better able and more prepared to help the next patient we encounter.

Dr. Meyr is a third-year resident within the podiatric surgical residency program at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

Dr. Steinberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.




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