BETHESDA, Md., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Podiatric Medical Association announced its new campaign Podiatrists: First Responders for Vascular Disease, which will educate the public about the many risk factors of vascular disease and a podiatrist's role in identifying serious health concerns.
Many Americans are unaware of vascular disease and the many factors that may put them at risk. Even more Americans are unaware that podiatrists are often the first health care providers to spot this disease.
The risk factors for vascular disease include smoking, use of oral contraceptives, a family history of vascular disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Podiatrists are physicians who are the experts in the foot and ankle, and are the most qualified to diagnose conditions affecting the lower extremities.
"If you have one or more of the risk factors for vascular disease, you need to be vigilant about changes to your feet," said APMA President Ira Kraus, DPM. "If you notice changes in appearance or a wound on your foot or ankle, you need to make an appointment with a podiatrist right away."
The Podiatrists: First Responders for Vascular Disease campaign, occurring during April's Foot Health Awareness month, will share important information about the specific risks associated with the disease, symptoms, when to see a podiatrist, and more. To learn more about the campaign, and to find a podiatrist in your area, visit www.apma.org/vascular.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading professional organization for today's podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of more than 12,500 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit www.apma.org.
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SOURCE American Podiatric Medical Association