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May 22, 2020 #6,685 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
3D Printed Feet Provide Way for Aussie Podiatry Students to Get Practical Experience
 
3D-printed feet – complete with calluses, corns, and fake toenails – will enable UniSA’s podiatry students to practice and fine-tune their podiatry skills from the comfort of their own home, ensuring they attain the required practical experience amid COVID-19. It’s a massive coup for UniSA’s podiatry students who must achieve a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical practice over their degree in order to graduate on time, an issue that’s causing much concern for many universities as they grapple to compensate face-to-face clinical practice. Created and introduced in a world first podiatry training initiative last year, the foot models are part of a podiatry kit, which has been sent to all UniSA’s second-year podiatry students. 
 
Dr. Helen Banwell
 
Leading podiatry expert and lecturer, UniSA’s Dr. Helen Banwell, says the podiatry kit will deliver unique and realistic training experiences for students to ensure they complete their degree within the allocated time. “Clinical placements are one of the most critical learning aspects across all allied health degrees because they allow students to gain hands-on, practical experience. Yet, with social distancing, this is made so much harder, and many universities are finding it impossible to supplement this aspect of the degree,” Dr. Banwell says.
 
Source: University of South Australia
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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
MN and NY Podiatrists Discuss Achilles Tendonopathy
 
If your Achilles are aching, a shoe with a higher heel might provide some relief. “I tell my patients that there is evidence that heel lifts and forefoot rocker shoes can reduce Achilles tendon loads and that they may be used as short-term or for some long-term options—ideally short-term,” says sports podiatrist Paul Langer, DPMFellow sports podiatrist Rob Conenello, DPM thinks such pampering should almost always be short, with the emphasis shifting as quickly as possible to loading and strengthening. 
 
(L-R) Drs. Paul Langer and Rob Conenello
 
“When I have an athlete with Achilles tendonopathy, I usually refer them to a physical therapist to strengthen the tendon, usually focusing on eccentric strength,” Dr. Conenello says. “Part of the treatment process is to manipulate the drop of the shoe. Conenello educates the athlete, therapist, and retailer on how to apply a gradual, progressive load to the tendon. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Conenello says, “I believe prescribing a lower drop shoe and carefully monitored strengthening could be much more beneficial than the old school philosophy of adding heel lifts and decreasing the load.”
 
Source: Jonathan Beverly, Podium Runner
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY

The Return of In-person Visits - Part 3

3. Listen Up  - Now more than ever, it’s important to listen to your patient. They may need to get out their fears—and seeing a familiar doctor nod their head in understanding could be worth its weight in medicinal gold. “You need to remember they may be coming here to feel better but they worry about what’s brought everyone else to the office, too.” Robert Thoburn, MD says. “They need reassurance and understanding during this difficult time.”
 
Even expect them to possibly be emotional because of the reunion—if they’re a regular patient, they’re used to seeing you and this step may let them know in one more way that life might get a little closer to the way it was, though we don’t know the ultimate picture of where it will be. And, hey, it may even be a little emotional for you, too—these aren’t just patients, these are people you may have known for years, people who kept you in business, people who helped you take care of those in your life even as you were taking care of them.This is your chance at the first visit to remind them that we’re all in this together—including their trusted doctor.
 
Source: Eric Butterman, Physicians Practice [5/15/20]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) PART 1
RE: The Passing of Orlando Arioch Mercado, DPM
 
On February 23, 2020, God called upon the kind soul of Dr. O. A. Mercado. For 55 years, he practiced podiatric medicine and surgery and was a world-renowned foot and ankle surgeon, professor, lecturer, author, illustrator, and educational video presenter. 
 
Dr. Orlando Mercado
 
Note: Dr. Mercado "Harry" was the 6th podiatrist inducted into the Podiatry Management Podiatry Hall of Fame.
 
Source: dignitymemorial.com via Dr. Robert Steinberg
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2
RE: The Passing of Kenneth Lane, DPM
 
Dr. Kenneth Lane was born in Joplin, MO, on Oct. 6, 1926, lived to the age of 93, and passed from this life on May 14, 2020. He served in WW II in the U. S. Navy as a signalman. He received his doctorate from the Illinois College of Podiatry.
 
Dr. Kenneth Lane
 
Kenneth established and maintained his podiatry practice in the St. Louis area. After 40 years  in practice, he enjoyed retirement to the Lake of the Ozarks, MO, and later to Mexia TX, Sand Springs OK, and Waco TX.
 
Source: The Mexia News [5/20/20]
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC)
RE: Can providing wound healing increase podiatry practice stability during the COVID 19 pandemic?
From: Steven Kravitz, DPM
 
During the past six weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak with many podiatrists representing private practice and wound healing center physician staff. I’ve also reviewed the responses from two APWH membership questionnaires and moderated two APWH webinar- type teleconferences. The best summary can be found in the following statements from selected conference call participants. The responses represent the overall consensus from a broad geographic area.
 
New York City, Philadelphia, and similar areas have been heavily affected by COVID-19. Many physicians find themselves unemployed as medical centers and wound healing centers have closed. Yet even in these areas, podiatrists seeing wound care patients seem to be better off than...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Kravitz's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1
From: Corey Fox, DPM
 
We use Henry Schein. Sometimes repairs can be onsite, other times it will have to be boxed up and shipped out. If you're lucky, they may have a loaner. When it comes time to buy a new autoclave, don't wait until this one is completely dead. Keep the old one serviced and operational for times like this. They do NOT make things like they used to.
 
Corey Fox, DPM, Massapequa, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2A
From: Thomas A. Graziano MD, DPM
 
I decided to buy this new modality/technology because I believe in its mechanism, i.e. stimulating one's immune system to "naturally" eradicate the virus. My experience with the modality has been very favorable. Initially, I was seeing patients who had multiple unsuccessful attempts utilizing different modalities (surgical excision, chemo, cryo, etc.). At the onset, I must admit that I was questioning whether or not anything was happening during treatment, for as advertised, there is no smoke, no visible burn, or heating of the tissue. Don't be discouraged though; this is a very powerful therapeutic modality.
 
It is not painless. At times, it is necessary to administer local anesthesia, often a PT nerve block if the warts encompass a large region or subdermally in sensitive areas. Each treatment requires that the operator use a new tip. Each tip costs around $75, so be mindful of that if you’re charging a “case fee.” The mechanism of action relies on an intact immune system, so those patients with compromise in this area may require more treatments or be recalcitrant completely. Typically in patients with healthy immune systems, even those who have been resistant to other forms of treatment, from 3 to 5 sessions may be required. "Virgin" solitary warts can be handled in 1 to 3 treatments.
 
Thomas A. Graziano MD, DPM, Clifton, NJ
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2B
From: Alec Hochstein, DPM
 
I like to consider myself a progressive podiatrist. I try to add something to my practice at least yearly that brings a certain polish and a new technology to the office. This past year after seeing the initial advertisements for the Swift Emblation unit, I just couldn’t resist bringing it into my office, as I find verrucae to be extremely frustrating entities to treat (as I’m sure many podiatrists and dermatologists do as well).
 
I could not be happier with my decision to add this to my treatment armamentarium as the results and adoption by my patients have been nothing short of miraculous. I have no problem stating that my resolution rates for my verruca treatments with Swift Emblation is over 90%. The treatment is extremely well tolerated by my patients. It has been a great addition to the office. 
 
Disclosure: I am a consultant for Saorsa North American distributors of Swift. 
 
Alec Hochstein, DPM, Great Neck, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (DME)
From: Paul Kesselman, DPM
 
There is a short answer and a rather long explanation. First the short answer: Yes, you may use remote technology (Telehealth) to prescribe shoes and remote technology is also acceptable for the patient to be qualified by the MD/DO as needing shoes. However, fitting and dispensing must be done during an in-person exam.
 
Now for the long answer: There are two separate issues here. One is the issue of obtaining the
required documentation, and the other is the actual fitting and dispensing. Having recently (virtually) attended five DME conference calls of 3 hours or more, the topic space of therapeutic shoes was brought up by several other medical associations attending these meetings as well as myself representing APMA.
 
1) Thus, the examination by the MD/DO treating the DM and certifying the patient's qualification counts if conducted by Telehealth when performed under the...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Kesselman's extended-length letter can be read here
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Alex Yacobson, DPM
 
Thank you Dr. Sutera for the great explanation and superb definition of our great profession! Once again, it helped all of us to re-assure that destiny of being a podiatric physician.
 
Alex Yacobson, DPM, Bronx/Brooklyn, NY
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

The ultimate rocker bottom shoe?

Soource: Erina Osanai via Virtual Shoe Museum

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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
ASSOCIATE POSITION - LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY 
 
Full-time position available in a busy, well-established practice. Competitive salary as well as percentage of revenue collections, family insurance benefits, paid holidays and vacation days, Partnership opportunity available Please send CV to john@tipton-unroe.com
 
FULL TIME PODIATRIST - NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
 
We are a fast-growing Podiatry practice in North Jersey with multiple locations and Doctors.  We are currently looking for a full-time motivated and caring Doctor to join our busy practice. Some benefits include: competitive six-figure salary, generous bonus structure, health insurance (including vision & dental), paid vacation time off, paid malpractice insurance and CME time off. Great prospects for experienced Doctors as well as new Associates. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your Podiatric medical and surgical experience in an office-based practice! If interested, please submit your CV to DrSamofal@PodiatryCenterNJ.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - NORTHERN, NJ
 
Wanted Part-time associate for busy Northern NJ practice. Flexible days. Full scope of podiatric practice performed. E-mail CV to MHDPM1@gmail.com.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - SOUTHWEST PA 
 
Yes, practices are still selling. This office is now operating on a full schedule with patient process protocols in place. Patients are begging to be seen due to the "stay at home" orders being lifted. You can benefit from a motivated seller.  Contact: MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – QUEENS, NY
 
Lucrative 40 year old Queens practice with 2 locations for immediate sale on busy streets in great neighborhoods. Easily accessible by car, bus or train. Great potential for office based and/or surgically trained Podiatrist. Turn-key operation in modern building with strong patient base. Digital X- ray. Please inquire at drlschwartz@hotmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - ANCHORAGE, AK 
 
Health issues force immediate closing of well over 30 year podiatry practice in Anchorage, AK. Set up for three treatment rooms. Very flexible terms and price. Please email drmarkrindi@yahoo.com if you are interested.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – CHICAGO SUBURBS 
 
Highly respected successful, solo podiatry practice for sale in upper middle class northern suburbs of Chicago.  Affiliated with 2 major hospital physician programs with a surgical center available in office complex.  Must be board eligible or board-certified.  If you are a people person without a doctor’s complex, this turnkey practice is for you.  With added social media, practice revenues could go up 10-20%. $ 900,000 Gross last several years working 4 half days a week. Traknet EMR, digital x-ray, computerized orthotics, with in-house PT.  No Medicaid and no nursing homes.  Will sacrifice for $500,000.  Only serious inquiries contact    k.peeler@comcast.net
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – REDDING, CA 
 
33 year-old practice in Redding, CA. Beautiful area, mild winters. Snow ski and water ski in the same day. Smaller town feel than large urban area. Has a unique charm. If you love the outdoors, this is a great place to be. Thorough valuation report available. Price $176,000  just.bob@hotmail.com.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - NORTHEASTERN, NC (ROANOKE RAPIDS)
 
I am retiring from a 32 year old solo practice on the hospital campus of a small town. Low overhead. Currently the office is open M-Th, with Fridays at rest or nursing homes. Region has 3 beautiful, large lakes. Please contact pedalpod@embarqmail.com  or phone 252-535-2004 if interested.
 
PRACTICE WANTED – NORTH NEW JERSEY
 
Looking for immediate purchase of an established practice in North Jersey in one of the following areas:  Hudson county, Bergen county,  eastern Passaic county, eastern Essex county. I would like the doctor to be available to help with transition.  Contact: nnjpod@gmail.com
 
PODIATRY PRACTICES WANTED  
 
Especially Southeast Florida and Tampa areas, but all practices nationwide will be considered. Benefit from merger into large successful physician owned group with ancillaries and business support;  or Sell, Retire and Enjoy Life. Fair Valuations and Compensation Packages (COVID downturn disregarded). Flexible Terms. Email interest to podiatrymanda@gmail.com
 
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