Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on Foot Concerns
Annotation:California Podiatric Medical Association - This site presents information on the training, specialties, and importance of choosing health professionals who treat the foot, ankle, tendons, and muscles involved in foot function.
Annotation:Medical Board of California, Board of Podiatric Medicine - Provides information on podiatry as a medical specialty as well as a consumer checklist for selecting a podiatric physician; includes the official resource for verification of medical licensing and reporting a complaint to the board.
Annotation:American Podiatric Medical Association - A directory of members of APMA, searchable by name and ZIP code. Data are provided by the member, and may include education and certifications as well as contact information.
Annotation:FootCareMD, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society - This page explains what the medical qualifications mean, and leads you to a searchable list for members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society in your area.
Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) - Directory of orthopaedic surgeons, who are members of AAOS in the US or Canada, and have provided their home address to the association.
Annotation:American Podiatric Medical Association - The APMA Seal of Acceptance/Approval Program recognizes products which have been found beneficial to foot health and of significant value when used in a consistently applied program of daily foot care and regular professional treatment. The Seal of Acceptance evaluates footwear, materials, insoles, hosiery and equipment. The Seal of Approval evaluates the use of therapeutic agents and their adjuncts (pharmaceuticals). The page allows browsing and searching a buyer’s guide by category and producer.
Annotation:American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine - Athletic shoe recommendations for a variety of sports.
Annotation:FootHealthFacts, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons - Suggests questions patients considering this surgery should I ask their health care professional.
Annotation:International Pedicure Association - A consumer checklist for safety awareness when visiting pedicure and nail salons.
Annotation:Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - A summary of California Medicare benefits specifically for foot care.
Annotation:California Podiatric Medical Association - Discusses Medicare coverage of foot care.
Annotation:MedlinePlus - A comprehensive overview and links to resources, see also on the right hand side the links to the Related pages on the Diabetic Foot; Foot Injuries and Disorders; Heel Injuries and Disorders; Nail Diseases and Toe Injuries and Disorders.
Annotation:Find an individual provider, learn about your feet, and find foot product recommendations.
Annotation:Podiatric information, and health care professional information.
Annotation:American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons - The consumer website of this professional society lists news, research and health publications, for foot, ankle, and lower extremity ailments and surgery.
Annotation:Features resources on subjects including sports shoe selection, national news and events, and common lower extremity problems.
Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - The consumer website of the orthopedists’ professional association contains over 600 articles for the public, as well as the Directory.
Annotation:Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIAMS support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. Provides a variety of patient-level information
Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.
Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.
Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.
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