Many healthcare facilities have begun to offer telemedicine appointments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but even when we’re on the other side of this pandemic, we expect telemedicine appointments to stick around. Many people will still want to visit their practitioner in person or need to do so because of the nature of their ailment, but for countless others, telemedicine visits provide a number of unique benefits. In today’s blog, we explain why you may want to consider setting up a telemedicine appointment for your next foot or ankle issue.
The Benefits Of Telemedicine Appointments
Telemedicine appointments offer some wonderful benefits over their in-person counterparts, but as you might imagine they can’t completely overtake in-person evaluations. With that said, here’s a look at some of the benefits you can expect if you pursue a telemedicine appointment for your next foot or ankle issue.
- No Travel - The most obvious benefit of telemedicine appointments is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home in order to be seen by a physician. As long as you have an internet or mobile connection, you can be seen by a specialist from wherever you are. This could save you hours in commuting time and travel expenses.
- Choose Your Provider - Another wonderful aspect of telemedicine is that you can effectively choose who provides you with care, without being restricted by distance. While you’ll want to keep your insurance network in mind, you don’t have to head to the only foot and ankle clinic within 30 miles just because it’s the only place around. You can receive world-class care from home by booking a telemedicine appointment. Distance to a specific provider is no longer an issue with telemedicine.
- Care When You’re Away - Similarly, if you are injured while on vacation or while visiting family in another state, you can be seen by your normal foot and ankle specialist with the help of a telemedicine appointment. No matter where you are, you can connect with your normal care team as long as you have an internet or mobile connection.
- Only Some Appointments Need To Be In-Person - There are some obvious cases where an in-person appointment would be preferred or even necessary, but not every single appointment needs to happen in person. If your physician wants to discuss imaging results or explain some physical therapy exercises, these can be conducted through a virtual visit to save you the headache of getting to the clinic when a 15-minute telemedicine appointment is all you need.
- Avoid Sickness - Telemedicine really took off as doctors and patients looked for ways to decrease in-person gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual visits can help prevent potential exposure to the coronavirus or even conditions like the seasonal flu or colds that can be rapidly spread in close quarters. Reduce your risk of getting sick by setting up a telemedicine appointment.
- High Level Of Care - Finally, studies have shown that patients still experience a high level of care, on par with in-person appointments, when they pursue telemedicine options. You’re not going to get worse care just because you’re not in the office. If one of our specialists feels like they cannot provide the highest level of care through a telemedicine appointment, they’ll work with you to set up an in-person appointment at your convenience, but we’re confident we can provide the utmost care through these virtual visits.
For more information, or to set up your own telehealth consultation, click here to learn more about the process and book your appointment today.