April is Foot Health Awareness Month 

April 2021 – The APMA's 2021 Foot Health Awareness Month campaign is Today's Podiatrist Keeps America Active. The campaign is designed to speak to the athlete in everyone with information about proper foot health for athletes and the role podiatrists play in sports medicine. Share your own sports medicine story on social media and use the hashtag #KeepAmericaActive.

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The Significance of the Global Vascular Guidelines for Podiatrists: Answers to Key Questions in the Diagnosis and Management of the Threatened Limb 

March 17, 2021 – Why do the Global Vascular Guidelines matter to you as a podiatric physician and surgeon? Lee Rogers, DPM, et al, provides answers in a look at the guidelines and the evidence they offer around chronic limb-threatening ischemia. (via Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association)

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The American Society of Podiatric Surgeons Announces 2021 Board of Directors 

Lafayette, LA, February 12, 2021 – The American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS) is pleased to introduce its 2021 Board of Directors, following elections that were held virtually in December 2020.

In order to qualify and be selected, candidates must be ASPS members in good standing with a Fellow or Associate status and have submitted a brief statement of interest for review by the nominating committee. ASPS members then voted on submissions. The American Society of Podiatric Surgeons is delighted to welcome both new and returning members to the 2021 Board.

Highlights include: Dr. Ashleigh Korves has been re-elected as Chairman, Dr. Chris Albritton has been elected as ViceChairman, and Dr. Alec Hochstein has been re-elected as Treasurer.

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The Amputation Crisis of African American Patients

February 5, 2021  – Thank you, Alton Johnson Jr., DPM, CPWS, for this powerful reminder, via Wound Source, of the challenges and inequities Black patients face in managing their diabetes and overcoming chronic wounds.

"The intention behind my blogs is to share the many observations made within the clinical setting. I want us to be advocates for our patients. We are healers because we have the opportunities to build a rapport with our patients and better understand what they endure day to day compared with our colleagues. I know the statistics may reveal poor outcomes for African American patients when it comes to limb salvage and wound healing. However, I know that if we approach each of those patients as individuals, we can change the narrative and flip the statistics. These patients have social lives, work and professional lives, and families to support, so each encounter brings us one step closer to saving not only a limb but a life." Alton Johnson Jr., DPM, CWSP via Wound Source

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