Get Comprehensive Care from the Comfort of Your Home

Telehealth, which is the delivery of health care via video or telephone, has been a hot topic in the health care community for at least a decade. However, until 2020, it wasn’t viable for many providers or patients for lots of reasons. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth became a much more attractive option quickly. At Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Richard Nichols and Dr. Joseph Harvey, have been pleased to be able to offer comprehensive care to our patients through telehealth

Who benefits from telehealth? 

In the midst of a global pandemic, limiting contact with people outside your immediate household is critical. However, you still need medical care and failing to get care can lead to extremely poor outcomes. People who need care, but are at risk of complications should they contract COVID-19, benefit from telehealth. 

Even during normal times, many people benefit from telehealth. Patients who have transportation issues or who live at a great distance from our offices can benefit from video visits. 

If you have a chronic condition that requires regular podiatry visits to manage properly, telehealth visits may be a good way to integrate those appointments into your life more easily than office visits. 

Avoiding contact, easing transportation woes, and making it easier to see your doctor are all good reasons to consider telehealth. 

Backed by research 

Patients with diabetes need regular podiatry care because they are prone to developing ulcers that may not heal properly. A recent study examined whether or not telehealth lowered the number of major amputations and hospitalizations among diabetics. No amputations were reported among study participants, hospital admissions were lower, and visits to the emergency department were also lower. 

Although the study was small, involving about 80 patients, the results were clear. Telehealth is an important tool for managing patients with chronic conditions.

Sometimes, telehealth is the first step

Have you ever been in a situation in which you weren’t sure if you needed to see your doctor or not? In those kinds of situations, telehealth is perfect for getting answers to your questions. 

Dr. Richards and Dr. Nichols can’t clean a wound using telehealth, but they can discuss your symptoms, answer your questions, and give you guidance about what you need to do. If you need hands-on care, we can make an in-person appointment. 

We are committed to helping our patients manage chronic pain, find relief from conditions like bunions or joint pain. Whatever issue you’re experiencing with your feet or ankles, we can help. Telehealth is often an important tool for us to provide that help in a timely and convenient manner. 

If you’d like to learn more about our telehealth services, call us at (817) 481-4000. And, of course, if you prefer to schedule an appointment in one of our offices, we’ll be happy to see you there.

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