Ask a Podiatrist Hotline: We need volunteers
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, during the final week of Foot Health Awareness Month, the CPMA will be opening an Ask A Podiatrist Hotline: a temporary 1-800 number where the general public can call in to speak directly to a podiatrist. We did successfully this in BC a few years ago, and we are now rolling the program out nationally. To do this, we need volunteers.
During each two-hour window, the line will be picked up by a CPMA member who has volunteered to answer foot health-related questions. To do this, we will be acquiring a temporary toll-free VOIP number which will forward to a pool of designated phone numbers matching participating Podiatrists on duty for that window.
For each time slot, we will need five podiatrists to comprise that pool.
We are looking to cover a window that spans 9am to 5pm in each time zone (12 hours total). Ideally, we would have people in the East covering the earlier part of the day, and have podiatrists in the West close out the schedule.
Please visit: https://goo.gl/RUvGVs to select a time slot that works best for you. We encourage your participation!
Amputations due to diabetes can be prevented
Spring Conference 2018
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Free foot care pilot project in Abbotsford, B.C. showing positive signs for patients.
The Globe and Mail
by Megan Devlin
Dr. Scott Schumacher poses for a photograph at his podiatry practice in Surrey, B.C., on Jan. 6, 2018.
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...The program in Abbotsford, about an hour's drive east of Vancouver, is studying the impact of providing a free foot clinic to vulnerable patients in the dsialysis unit. Poor circulation paired with neuropathy, a lack of sensation in the feet, means these patients are prone to developing open wounds and infections that put them at risk for amputation.
Initial results from the three-year study indicate the free care has reduced the number of leg amputations by half, echoing larger studies from the United States that have shown access to foot care reduces leg amputation in diabetics.
However, the clinic's future is in doubt. Funding from the BC Renal Agency, which is overseen by the Provincial Health Services Authority, for the three-year project ended at the end of 2017, though the renal agency recently provided additional funding to keep the clinic open until March.
Dr. Scott Schumacher, a podiatrist who specializes in diabetic wounds and works at the foot clinic, said there's no question the clinic is saving patients' legs – while also saving the health-care system money...Click Here to Read the Full Article
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PMA Past President Dr. Bruce Ramsden Meets Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins
Dr. Bruce Ramsden (OPMA Past President), right, and Dr. Eric Hoskins (Minister of Health and Long-Term Care), left.