Understanding your conditions and how they affect the different, often interconnected, parts of the body can help you make informed decisions about effective treatment. Dr. Sanjay Patel received an extensive education so that he could become a fully-qualified professional and dedicate his life to helping those with foot and ankle pain. However, our office also wants our patients to be educated so that they are able to work with the doctor to treat and avoid problems.
Finding trustworthy information about medical conditions requires that you find reputable sources. The internet is an open place and anyone with a computer can add to it, but not everyone provides accurate or helpful information. That is part of why our website has a wide library of articles about various conditions—we wanted to provide trustworthy information to answer questions and concerns for our patients. It can be valuable, however, to look up further details from additional sources.
Locations for accurate information regarding medical issues include:
Government Organizations: The government sponsors and has access to thousands of professionals and some of the most recent and advanced research. They also make an effort to offer reader-friendly information about those problems and advancements to the public. You can access their information through websites or by requesting print sources.
Medical Associations/Groups: Most professional societies in the medical world have growing libraries of articles addressing conditions and treatments, both in print and online on their websites. The world of podiatry has several such associations that offer education to the public about specific foot an ankle concerns. Since these are attached to professionals who address those problems and related ones every day in the real world, they are able to provide a detailed look into the issues.
Selective Online Resources: Some other resources, like those attached to major hospitals or medical research centers, can be helpful. Like medical associations, they are also informed by professionals who work or research in the field on which they are writing.
Word of Caution
Medical websites are excellent sources of additional information to educate yourself about specific conditions, but they cannot diagnose you or help you tailor appropriate treatment plans to fit your needs, life style, and pain. Many conditions can closely resemble others at first glance, but a well-trained expert like podiatrist Dr. Sanjay Patel can use tests to develop a specific diagnosis. Outside resources also cannot replace the human bond of working with a real doctor who cares about you and your life, and is genuinely interested in your recovery and pain relief.
If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, don’t just read about its possible causes. Have the problem evaluated at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an accurate diagnosis and a plan to eliminate the discomfort. You can always contact either of our two Connecticut offices for an appointment or more information by visiting the online contact page or by calling (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.