In addition to his usual daily appointments, meetings, lectures, and surgical procedures, David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, a professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) in Tucson, AZ, often has more than a dozen encounters with patients that last mere seconds. These “meetings” are brief, but they can make a big difference to someone with a diabetes-related lower extremity issue.
“I probably get fifteen to twenty texts a day from my patients,” Armstrong said. “Now that may seem like a drain on my schedule but it really isn’t. I can ask questions like ‘Are you wearing your removable boot [for offloading diabetic foot wounds] or do I need to put you in an irremovable total-contact cast?’”
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