- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents with foot-care questions can get free advice during a one-day program a podiatry association is offering.

On Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Illinois Podiatric (poe-dee-AT’-rik) Medical Association will answer questions. Queries can be phoned in, or posted on Twitter and on the group’s Facebook fan page.

Marlene Reid is the group president and a doctor of podiatry medicine. She says the event will be a reliable information alternative for patients who often seek medical advice on the Internet.

Podiatrists, or doctors of podiatry, attend four years of specialty medical school focusing on feet and ankle problems. Post-doctoral training typically follows.

The group’s foot-care hotline is 888/869-3338; tweets can be sent Wednesday to @IPMA.

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