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June 30, 2020 #6,712 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
MN Podiatrist Provides Summer Foot Health Advice
 
"We all need to remember to wear sunscreen on our feet when out in sandals. Our feet are exposed to the sun all summer and should be protected just like the rest of our skin. Moisturizing is also important, especially when you’re out on sandy beaches. And I’d caution folks to not cut nails too short which can make them prone to infection," says Aaron Corfield, DPM.
 
Dr. Aaron Corfield
 
"Do not take your feet for granted and control the things that you can. Always  control the moisture of your feet and buy good, comfortable shoes that support your feet. If people have concerns, they should see their podiatrist as soon as they can," says Dr. Corfield.
 
Source: Nicole Hvidsten, StarTribune [6/25/20]

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

 
Which area of your practice has been MOST adversely affected by the pandemic? 
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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
Shin Splints May be Result of Wearing Worn Down Running Shoes: NY Podiatrist
 
If you're experiencing shin splints, it's likely that your shoes are worn down. Here's why that's a problem: "If the sole of the running shoe is worn down from use, there is no longer adequate support in the foot during high impact activity like running, causing a change of running form," Nelya Lobkova, DPM tells The List. "Once the rubber sole of the running shoe wears down, the angle at which the heel strikes the ground changes, and with it the ground reaction forces traveling through the foot." Ultimately, "conditions such as shin splints and peroneal tendonitis may develop as the body tries to realign the foot as it hits the ground."
 
Dr. Nelya Lobkova
 
The easiest way to fix foot pain from running is to take a good look at your shoes and update them if need be. "It is advised to regularly change or alternate running shoes, wear supportive, non-minimalist running shoes, and consider custom orthotics to avoid having pain in the feet after running," says Dr. Lobkova. Plus, a simple rule to follow is to replace your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles.
 
Source: Phoebe McRae, The List [6/22/20]
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR
NY Podiatrist Discusses Water Shoes
 
Every year around this time, an "ugly" shoe trend seems to burst onto the scene and become the "it" look of the season. It happened with tourist sandals in 2019 and Birkenstocks in 2018, and now it's happening again with water shoes.
 
Dr. Emily Splichal
 
But the question remains: What kind of actual support do water shoes offer? "Most of the water shoes that are currently on trend offer a more minimal, less-structured design. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as we don't always need to have tons of cushioning and arch support," podiatrist Dr. Emily Splichal told TODAY. "If you are looking for an alternative to flip-flops, then I see no concern as a podiatrist. However, the exception to this is for those with extreme foot types such as flat feet, or those with foot pain, including plantar fasciitis."
 
Source: Chrissy Callahan, Today MSN Lifestyle [6/26/20]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE
UK Podiatrist Recommends That Runners Get Gait Analysis
 
“Buying running shoes can be complicated and confusing,” says sports podiatrist Mick Habgood. “But buying the right pair for you is vital to avoid injury when running. I’d always recommend that runners have a gait analysis before buying a pair of shoes to ensure that they end up with the right shoe for them,” adds Habgood. “Not only could this help to reduce the risk of injury, but it could also help to improve their overall comfort and performance.”
 
Mick Habgood
 
A gait analysis isn’t just for top runners. It will tell you if you need a neutral or a stability shoe. “We’re not all built the same and we all have different running techniques, but I definitely see a lot more runners who over-pronate in my clinic,” says Habgood. “It’s for these runners that I’d prescribe a stability shoe.”
 
Source: worldathletics.org [6/22/20]
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Several times a week, PM News posts an entire article from a recent issue of our partner, Podiatry Management Magazine. Please note that the views expressed in Podiatry Management Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of PM News or Barry Block.
 
Today's Featured Article
 
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Things Physician Practices Need to do When Hiring During a Pandemic- Part 3
 
Here are five things you will need to do to hire top talent despite the limitations due to the pandemic.
 
3. Create a New Candidate Pool  - Due to the impact of pandemics, such as the need for social distancing during COVID19, you will have to remodel recruitment metrics. For example, if your company is only looking to hire locally, you will have to modify your geographic search accordingly. 
 
As a recruitment expert, you can also come up with strategies for internal hiring or project-based hiring. See if you can repurpose your employees or make gig recruitments. The goal currently should be to save time and cost and maximize the safety of your people. 
 
Source: Kelly Barcelos, Physicians Practice [6/17/20]
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Talar Dome Fracture with Malleolar Osteotomy
 
I recently did an open reduction and interfixation of a talar dome fracture with a medial malleolar “take-down” osteotomy. I was thinking I would bill a CPT 28445 with CPT 27705. Would this be appropriate?
 
Aamir Mahmood, DPM, Oakbrook, IL
 
Response: There are times when life can be unfair and in some cases, surgical coding follows this path. When an osteotomy is performed to expose and repair a fracture, as in this case, the insurers consider the osteotomy to be a component of the open reduction and fixation of the talar dome fracture. Therefore, I would expect that payment will be limited to:
 
CPT 28445 open treatment of talus fracture, with or without internal fixation.
 
Howard Zlotoff, DPM, Camp Hill, PA
 
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Having Medical Students Shadow you in the Age of COVID-19
From: Elliot Udell, DPM
 
From time to time, I have had medical students visit my office to shadow me for a period of time. In some cases, they got credit from their respective schools for shadowing me. Just today, a student who is considering going into podiatry school called and asked if he could spend a week or two with me at my office. I would love to encourage a student to go into our profession but is this allowed in light of social distancing? Has anyone dealt with this problem in light of the pandemic?
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC)
From: George F. Jacobson, DPM
 
I had open heart surgery on June 18 and was home on Monday. Everybody on my floor was required to wear a mask. I posed the same question whether it's slowing down recovery. Getting out of bed and walking was more difficult wearing a mask. Talking was more difficult wearing a mask. I mentioned the same issue to one of the cardiac nurses and was told that an ER nurse was sent home with CO2 difficulties and hasn't returned. I ordered an oximeter. 
 
George F. Jacobson, DPM, Hollywood, FL

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Tribute to artist Keith Haring

Source: Nicholas Kirkwood via Virtual Shoe Museum

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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
 
GENERAL PODIATRIST – ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTER IN HUNTINGTON, W.VA.
 
Marshall Orthopaedics, a university-affiliated physician group, is seeking candidates for a general podiatry position with an interest in wound care and diabetic limb salvage. This is a full-time opening in a well-established, busy academic orthopaedic practice in Huntington, W.Va. We employ over two dozen attendings, including four podiatrists. We offer a university employee-based benefits package that provides for competitive compensation. Applicants must have successfully completed a DPM program and be board-certified or board-eligible. Applicants must also be able to obtain an unrestricted W.Va. podiatry license. Send CV to: Chad Fisher at Fisher47@Marshall.edu
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CLEVELAND SW SUBURBS 
 
Excellent opportunity to join a 30 year old well-established busy two office location practice seeking a PSR-36 Board Qualified/Certified with ABPS. All phases of podiatry from surgery to wound care. Staff privileges at 3 local hospitals. Modern offices recently remodeled and equipped with certified EMR, digital x-rays and all aspects of DME. Significant opportunity for growth and development. Please forward CV to medical123@aol.com
 
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Immediate positions for busy practice in SWFL. ABFAS RRA BC or BQ. Athena EMR, Digital x-rays, Ultrasound, DME. Base salary, plus bonus w extensive benefits.  DrLam@NaplesPodiatrist.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION. BROOKLYN, NY 
 
Busy practice in Brooklyn is looking for a full time podiatrist with excellent compensation with excellent growth potential. Must be motivated, hardworking and caring for our practice.  Send CV to “Footcareemployment@gmail.com
 
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