When podiatric service is included in healthcare facilities it decreases cost incurred on healthcare and prevents further health issues. This was studied and proved in the new research conducted by New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA).
The study further reveals in detail that when podiatry services have collaborated with healthcare it decreases falls by 36 percent in at-risk and aged patients. It reduces hospitalizations among obese patients and people with diabetes. Among people with podiatric related pain, it decreases opioid dispensing by 28 percent.
Healthcare is moving towards becoming more collaborative and comprehensive. Thus, healthcare services for different healthcare issues should be collaborated and treat a patient in totality. According to the President-Elect of NYSPMA, Dr. Paul Liswood, DPM, delivery of healthcare and its policies are focussing on preventing further complications in case of chronic diseases, primary care, and population health.
Dr. Liswood says that podiatrists don’t get their due credit. So, a message should be conveyed that patients who see podiatrist are healthier. This is especially true in the case of diabetes and obese patients.
So, in the field of podiatry, it’s important that we develop material to prove it to hospitals, legislators, primary healthcare providers and the public that care provided by podiatrist leads to improved health. Thus, people would know and appreciate the contribution of podiatrists.
Dr. Liswood emphasized that for a podiatrist to prevent amputation and foot wounds they should visit a podiatrist. This will lead to a proper risk evaluation and prevention plan.
When people will know the benefits of podiatric care, they will agree to include it in their healthcare plan.