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Query: Zimmer enPuls Shockwave


My office is considering buying the Zimmer enPuls shockwave and wants to get some feedback on its effectiveness and ROI from anyone with experience. 


Michael Piccarelli, DPM, Staten Island, NY

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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



Query: Supplemental Oxygen in the Office


Is anyone using or supplying supplemental oxygen for themselves or for their patients in the office? I have noticed my personal pulsioximeter readings are dropping in the low 90s while I am wearing a regular mask. It seems to be much worse in the afternoons than mornings. I am 64, so my age may exacerbate this. Is anyone else experiencing this?


Richard A. Simmons, DPM, Rockledge, FL



Query: Recommendations for Air Purifier


Is anyone using an air purifier in their exam rooms? If so, how do they like it and what brand are you using?


James Lucarelli, DPM, New Bedford, MA



Query: Value of MIPS


Can anyone share with the readership if the information provided by MIPS has led to anything of value? 


Jeffrey Kass, DPM Forest Hills, NY



Query: Grinding Nails During the COVID-19 Pandemic


How do podiatrists feel about grinding nails during this COVID-19 crisis? I see a fair amount of routine foot care patients who require some grinding post-debridement.  I am concerned about creating aerosols.


Kenneth Jacoby, DPM, Elgin, IL



Query: Student Loan Forgiveness Programs?


I am a podiatrist burdened with high student loan debt and would like to know if there are any loan forgiveness programs that have been initiated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been practicing in a rural medically underserved community for over 20 years and am interested in any loan forgiveness programs available. 


Danny Almaguer, DPM, Eagle Pass, TX



Query: Midmark Autoclave Repair


Has anyone used a repair service to fix a Midmark m9 autoclave? Any references would be appreciated.


Eliezer Eisenberger, DPM, NY, NY



Query: Swift Microwave for Plantar Warts


Are PM News readers satisfied with the purchase or lease of the Swift microwave for plantar warts? Is it working better and with less pain than other modalities? Has the device been simple to use? How many applications does it generally require to see results?


David E Gurvis, DPM, Avon, IN



Query: Resource for Patient Videos


Does anyone know of a  company that sets up a TV in the waiting room with podiatric info that patients watch while waiting? For example, videos that discuss different foot/ankle related issues.


Jill Hagen, DPM, Englewood, NJ



Query: Changes in ACLFs?


I've been going to two acute care living facilities (ACLFs) in south Florida to provide podiatric care. I have an actual office location in the facilities where patients come for their appointments. I have contracts with the facilities and pay a fair market value for rent each month. Does anyone know if there will be changes down the road in this type of facility moving forward since the COVID-19 virus? The two facilities I go to are presently on lock down, not allowing outside physicians for non-emergency visits. 


Jack Ressler, DPM, Delray Beach, FL



Query: Forgiving Podiatric Student Debt


Is the APMA working to have podiatrists included in any bill that may be passed to forgive student loan debt? This is critical now, especially since everyone including CNN is talking about "COVID Toes". I just would hate to see podiatry left out again. The AMA is actively lobbying for the MDs. What can we as podiatrists do?


Regina Flippin, DPM, Milwaukee, WI



Query: Source for Sodium Hydroxide?


My suppliers are back ordered for months now. Any suggestions on where to obtain it?


Gary Friedlander, DPM, Phoenix, AZ



Query: CMS Accelerated Payments


Can someone explain how the CMS accelerated payments works?


Stanley Luksenburg, DPM, Cleveland, OH 



Source for CBD Oil?


I have had some success in using CBD oil on some of my neuropathic patients. Is there a source where we can purchase products to be sold in our office that is reputable? 


Carol Moore, DPM, Orland Park, IL 



Query: Reasons for Leaving Podiatry


This is a question for those who left or are in the process of leaving podiatry more than those who have retired from practice. Was it due to burn-out, disillusionment with podiatry or medicine as a whole, a mid-life crisis, or something else? What field or career did you transition into? Did you give your patients a 90-day notice or did you slowly transition from one career to another. Finally, are you happy you did it both financially and physically/mentally or do you miss practice?


James Lucarelli, DPM, New Bedford, MA



Query: Source for Dehydrated Alcohol


Does anyone know where I can purchase dehydrated alcohol? I contacted McKesson and they have a 10-pack for a mere $2,000.


Cary Golub, DPM, Long Beach, NY 



Query: Fluoroscan Repair


Does anybody know of a fluoroscan repair person in the New York, New Jersey area?


Hal Abrahams, DPM, White Plains, NY



Query: Physician Claim Corporation in Wisconsin


Has anyone had any experience with Physician Claim Corporation in Wisconsin? They are a billing company who primarily works with podiatry. I am looking for a possible new billing company. If anyone has any other suggestions, please advise. 


Carol Moore, DPM, Orland Park, IL



Query: Source for CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream


We used to dispense CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream from the office but are now unable to find a supplier for this product.  Does anyone know of a supplier or any alternative creams?


John Scholl, DPM, Lady Lake, FL



Query: Source for Hydrotherapy Unit Repair 


Does anyone know of any hydrotherapy unit repair people in the Long Island area?


Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY



Query: Pose Method Running


I have a new patient with forefoot pain who believes that the normal running form excludes heel strike. I learned about the Pose method from a high school coach about 10 years ago but do not know if it is still in vogue. Since one is landing on the forefoot, are we seeing more forefoot injuries with this style? Is more flexibility or rigidity needed in their running shoes?     

George Jacobson, DPM, Hollywood, FL 



Query: My Feet are Killing Me Cable Series


In our office, we have watched the new cable TV show called My Feet are Killing Me. It highlights podiatry. How is it being received by our profession? 


Thomas DeBenedictis, DPM, Union City, NJ



Query: Mandatory e-Prescribing in Florida


As of 1/1/20 a new mandatory e-prescribing law became effective here in Florida. Since I am near retirement and don't have EMR, what is the simplistic and cheapest way to transmit prescriptions?


Name Withheld



Query: Cost-Effective Option for Sclerosing Injections?


I have had good success using dehydrated alcohol for sclerosing injections of intermetatarsal neuromas utilizing the technique described by Dr. Dockery. Unfortunately, dehydrated alcohol is only available in a case of 10 5 mL bottles at a cost exceeding $1,500. A single 5 mL bottle is likely to outlast its expiration date. Does anyone have a cost-effective solution for this problem?


Brad Toll, DPM, Crofton, MD



Query: Source for Radiesse


In the past, I recall Dr. Ribotsky mentioning that, as podiatrists, we are able to purchase Radiesse from Merz directly. I attempted to do so this week, but was informed that it may only be purchased by an MD. Are there any other dermal filler options that are available for purchase by podiatrists?


Jay Seidel, DPM, Deerfield Beach, FL

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