- Shadegg showing health ignorance
In an Aug. 25 interview on , Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., nationally misrepresented my profession. Comparing podiatry to aromatherapy and acupuncture, Shadegg referred to podiatric as an “esoteric demand that most people don’t [want] and don’t need.”
As president-elect of the American Podiatric Medical Association, I am appalled that my U.S. representative, who serves on a key House health-policy committee, is so uninformed about the essential health-care services I provide.
Arizona hosts one of the most respected and lauded podiatric medical schools in the country: Midwestern University. The head of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, or SALSA, is a podiatrist who works with vascular surgeons to prevent amputations that result from . In just nine months, SALSA’s work has reduced high-risk, lower-limb amputations by more than 50 percent.
According to an article in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, amputation-prevention programs have reduced rates of amputation up to 70 percent – saving the health-care system up to $8 billion each year. This is hardly “esoteric.” It is vital to . – Dr.Kathleen Stone, DPM, Glendale
The writer is president-elect of the American Podiatric Medical Association.