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Foot & Ankle Physicians and Surgeons July 11-14 at Salt Palace

Salt Lake City—The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) will hold its 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National) July 11–14 at The Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. The National is the premier foot and ankle meeting and will draw more than 2,500 podiatrists, podiatric medical assistants, exhibitors, and guests to the city July 11–14 who have an estimated impact of $2.7 million.*

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists complete rigorous training, including four years of podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. They treat a wide range of conditions, from skin and nail complaints to ankle fractures to diabetic wound care, using treatments from conservative care to complex orthopedic surgery.

The National also features opportunities for the public, including the Team APMA 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 13, at 6 a.m. For $25, entrants may run or walk a scenic course through Salt Lake City and receive a performance T-shirt. Proceeds from the event support the APMA Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to eligible podiatric medical students in their third or fourth year from the nine accredited podiatric medical colleges. For more registration details visit www.apma.org/teamapma.

High school and college students considering a career in medicine and surgery are invited to learn more about an exciting career in podiatry during The National’s Step Into Podiatry event on Friday, July 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. This free event includes the opportunity to interact with current podiatric medical students, participate in a hands-on cadaveric suture workshop, and tour APMA’s massive exhibit hall. Details can be found at www.apma.org/stepintopodiatry.

For more information about the meeting, visit www.apma.org/TheNational.

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The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation’s leading professional organization for today’s podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of more than 12,500 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice. For more information, visit www.apma.org.

  • Total visitor spending figures are based on surveys of convention delegates conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. Surveys conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute over the last five years indicate the average delegate spends $933 while attending a convention in Salt Lake

Sports medicine/injuries: Podiatrists keep America moving. Utah’s rich outdoor scene draws hikers, runners, and sightseers out to hit the trails every day. APMA podiatrists can discuss prevention of injuries, home care for minor injuries, as well as when to make an appointment with a medical professional.

Summer foot issues: Summer brings fun in the sun, but it can also spell trouble for the feet and ankles. Podiatrists attending The National can discuss the risk of fungal infections at public pools, sunburns on the feet, and even foot and ankle injuries during summer travel.

Back‐to‐school shopping: Kids’ feet grow quickly, and the proper fit and footwear keep them safe and comfortable as they head back to school for a new term. Podiatrists attending The National can provide the best advice about fitting shoes, the kind of shoes to buy, and specialty footwear for sports and other activities.

Foot health and diabetes: Thousands of patients with diabetes lose their feet and legs to the disease. Our podiatrists can talk about preventing amputations through simple steps like daily self‐exams and annual podiatry appointments, as well as sophisticated wound care techniques that can help heal chronic wounds.

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