Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Virtual Consultations: Understanding Its Capabilities and Limitations

What are the capabilities and limitations of an online consultation service?

*It’s important to note that our virtual consultation service is NOT a telehealth visit.*

Rather, it is a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bawa to discuss your foot and ankle concerns and receive personalized advice and recommendations.

While Dr. Bawa can provide valuable insights and guidance on a range of foot conditions and issues, there are certain limitations to what can be done online.


Dr. Bawa can help recommend the best treatment options available for the following foot conditions and concerns during a virtual consultation:

·Plantar fasciitis
·Achilles tendonitis
·Bunions
·Hammertoes
·Heel spurs
·Ingrown toenails
·Neuromas
·Sports injuries
·Arthritis
·Corns and calluses
·High arches
·Rheumatoid arthritis
·Neuropathy
·Diabetic foot problems  

·Flat feet
·Tarsal tunnel
·Gout
·Stress fractures
·Fungus
·Sesamoiditis
·Hallux limitus/rigidus
·Ankle sprains
·Plantar plate tears
·Haglund’s deformity
·Osteochondritis dissecans
·Plantar Warts
·Metatarsalgia


In addition to your primary concerns, Dr. Bawa can offer assistance with other foot related matters during your virtual consultation. Some examples include:

1. Recommendations for proper footwear selection and fit, based on foot shape and activity level.
2. Providing guidance on home remedies for minor foot issues, such as blisters, corns, and calluses.
3. Education on foot and ankle care, including proper nail trimming techniques and stretching exercises.
4. Discussion of treatment options for toenail fungus, including over-the-counter and prescription medications.
5. Offering advice on managing foot conditions related to underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis.
6. Providing recommendations for socks and other foot-related products that promote foot health.
7. Discussing potential causes and treatments for foot pain, such as plantar fasciitis or neuromas.
8. Offering guidance on the treatment of conditions that affect the skin of the feet, such as athlete’s foot or warts.
9. Providing education on the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle injuries, such as sprains and strains.
10. Discussing treatment options for varicose veins and other circulatory issues that affect the feet and ankles.


However, please note that there are certain things that Dr. Bawa cannot do during a virtual consultation, including:

·Ordering or drawing labs
·Prescribing medications
·Ordering imaging tests
·Writing disability notes or off-work notes
·Pain management
·Injections
·Casting or bracing
·Surgical procedures
·Emergency care
·Medical clearance
·Referrals
·Custom orthotics and bracing


Our virtual consultation service is designed to provide you with expert advice and direction for your foot pain and concerns.

If you require further testing, imaging, or medication, Dr. Bawa will recommend that you schedule an in-person appointment with a healthcare provider in your area.

We hope this information helps you understand the scope of our virtual consultation service.

If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation with Dr. Bawa, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help you achieve optimal foot health and wellness.

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