What does public health have to do with podiatric physician parity and Vision 2015? What does public health have to do with me as an individual member of APMA? The answer to both questions is … everything!

The diabetes epidemic and its complications are among the greatest public health challenges facing the United States. The number of individuals affected by the disease continues to rise annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes. Regrettably, 24 percent, or 5.7 million people, are undiagnosed. This means there is not one podiatric physician in APMA who does not deal with patients who have diabetes and its complications.

To the world of medicine, the single greatest role podiatric physicians play in health care is diagnosing and treating lower-extremity conditions associated with patients with diabetes. This holds true whether your practice is...

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