This post was written by Ashley M. Bojrab, DPM, FACFAS, ABPM, CWS, PPG – Podiatry.
In today's digital age, many services are offered virtually to better serve the community. While telehealth has been in development for a number of years, it really skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, when care from a distance was not only helpful, but also essential. Broader access to virtual care from the convenience and comfort of home could be considered one of the positive changes to come out of the COVID crisis. These options allow those in the healthcare industry to provide a different avenue to those needing care, and that includes those having problems with their feet.
A convenient option for podiatry patients
If you’re worried about a bunion or hammer toe, but aren’t really sure how to treat it, we certainly recommend seeing a podiatrist. And if you don’t want to take time out of your busy work or social calendar to drive to an appointment in the doctor’s office, scheduling a video visit is an excellent way to address the issue, while saving time and staying in the comfort of your own home or office. Scheduled video visit appointments offer flexibility, enabling patients to conveniently fit appointments into their busy lives.
Podiatry conditions suitable for telehealth
Although this is a great option for many medical issues, not everything is a good fit for a virtual visit, especially when it comes to podiatry.
It would be appropriate to pursue a consultation or education via a telehealth podiatry appointment for:
- hammer toes
- foot deformities
- foot pain
- heel pain
- arch pain
You could also pick a virtual option for follow-up appointments to assess progress and/or to review labs and imaging.
Generally speaking, if your condition requires any hands-on care, is causing severe discomfort, is unknown, or would benefit from an in-person evaluation, we recommend scheduling an appointment to be seen in the office.
How does a video visit work?
Established patients can easily access the telehealth option through the MyChart app. After scheduling a podiatry telehealth appointment, you will find it in the Upcoming Visits section. On the day of your appointment, you will click on the video camera graphic and follow the prompts.
It’s important to make sure that the software updates are current on your technology, to help the appointment go smoothly. As with any appointment, you want to arrive on time and be ready to discuss your concerns with the provider. Find a space that has good lighting and a strong internet connection.
Dr. Bojrab* is now offering virtual visits. To schedule a virtual visit or an in-person visit, please call 260 -373-9539.
Need a Parkview MyChart account? Call our MyChart Support Team at 260-266-8700 or toll-free 1-855-853-0001, email MyChart@parkview.com or create an account here. It’s free, available to all Parkview patients and accessible anytime, anywhere in the United States via the web or mobile app: Apple | Android. If you need assistance or have questions, visit our MyChart Help Center.
Virtual care options at Parkview
Parkview Health offers a variety of convenient virtual care options that minimize wait times and travel. See a healthcare provider from your computer, smartphone or tablet and get a diagnosis and treatment for non-emergency medical issues. Virtual visits are an easy way to get the personalized healthcare you need – right from home, work or other location. Here you can view a complete list of virtual care options at Parkview.
*Dr. Bojrab is currently the only PPG – Podiatry provider offering telehealth visits for patients, but we encourage you to continue to check back, as we are always expanding these offerings.