Query: Alternative to Forma-Ray for Wart Treatment
Forma-Ray has been discontinued from Gordon labs. Does anyone know of a similar product that is available that can be used in place of this discontinued item, especially for wart treatment?
Allan S Wax, DPM, Chester, VA
Editor's note: Forma-Ray was discontinued because it contained formaldehyde. Gordon Labs sells Gordofilm for warts which contains 17% salicylic acid.
Query: CareRay Digital X-Ray System
I am considering a CareRay digital x-ray system and would like to know of other practitioners' experiences with this system.
Stanley J. Zawada, DPM, Whitestone, NY
Query: Reasonably Priced Exam Chair
I am in the market for a new exam chair but don't want to spend $6,000. What company have you used to buy a new or refurbished podiatry chair?
James Lucarelli, DPM, New Bedford, MA
Query: Source for Reasonably-Priced Injectable Steroids
Does anyone know where I can purchase reasonably-priced injectable steroids such as dexamethasone 4mg/ml? All my suppliers are sold out or are charging ridiculous prices. I understand supply and demand, but this is crazy. With the prices the way they are, injections are a losing proposition..
Barrett E Sachs, DPM, Plantation, FL
How the Onyfix is working out for those that have utilized it? Any feedback on # of treatments, patient satisfaction, patient cost, etc. would be appreciated.
David Kahan, DPM, Sacramento, CA
Query: Shoes for Parkinson's Disease Patients
One of my patients has Parkinson's disease-like symptoms with a shuffling gait. He has almost fallen many times because his shoes "catch". Can anyone recommend any shoes that are better for a shuffling gait of Parkinson's disease? AFOs are not an option at this time.
Catherine Yack, DPM, Huntsville, AL
Query: Dermadry for Hyperhydrosis
Does anyone have experience with Dermadry for hyperhydrosis? What is its efficacy?
Bruce Pinker, DPM, White Plains, NY
Query: Source for Cold Sterilization Product
I am trying to find out what other podiatry practices are using in their cold sterilization trays in their treatment rooms since Benz-All is no longer available.
Thomas E Curd, DPM, New Bern, NC
Query: LET Topical Gel
I am curious to know if any of the PM News readership is using LET Topical Gel? The formula is: Lidocaine HCl 4% / epinephrine HCl 0.05% / Tetracaine HCl 0.5%. It is relatively expensive at $10/syringe with a 10 syringe minimum order and it must be refrigerated.
Pete Harvey, DPM, Wichita Falls, TX
Query: Oral Surgeon Model for Podiatry?
In reviewing posts about our profession’s future, I have not noticed a post on the possibility of a DPM/MD using the oral surgeon model. Could this be a possibility for parity that uses several of our schools that share campuses with existing medical schools?
Phil Culliton, DPM, Tonawanda, NY
Query: Recommendation for Inexpensive Voice Recognition Software
Are there any suggestions for voice recognition for office note dictation? We have been using Dragon and are happy with the product but it is getting very costly. Are there any comparable systems that aren't as expensive?
Jeff Worman, DPM, Largo, FL
Query: Upgrading to a Cloud-Based Digital X-Ray System
We have a CR digital x-ray system. We are told the support is no longer available and now have to upgrade to a cloud-based system. The price quoted is around 25K per office. I would like to hear from my colleagues as to their experience with this.
Ed DosRemedios, DPM, Providence, RI
Query: Revised Notice of Reporting to HRSA
I recently received an email from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) about new reporting requirements for recipients of provider relief payments. Does anyone know what this is about? Is this for PPP loans, SBA grants, or any other monies received due to the pandemic?
Edward S. Orman, DPM, Perry Hall, MD
Query: Source to Reupholster Podiatry Chairs
Can anyone recommend somebody or a company that recovers podiatry chairs in Bergen county NJ?
Wayne Feldman, DPM, Fair Lawn, NJ
Query: Recommendation for Podiatry Chairs and Hydrotherapy Units
Can anyone recommend someone who fixes podiatry equipment such as podiatry chairs and hydrotherapy units in the NYC/Long Island area?
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY
Query: Acupuncture Certification
I have a few patients who have chronic arthritic pain of the lower extremities respond well to acupuncture performed by a local non-MD acupuncturist trained in the U.S. Has any podiatrist incorporated acupuncture into their practice successfully? Where trained? If so, would certification allow a wider scope of practice, i.e. smoke cessation, weight loss, back pain, and other non-foot related painful conditions. It seems odd that a non-MD can treat such a wide variety of medical problems without supervision or a medical exam.
John Moglia, DPM, Berkeley Hts., NJ
Query: Recommendation for Efficient and Trustworthy Billing Company
Can anyone recommend a billing company that is efficient and trustworthy?
Jerome Reeves, DPM, Hollis, NY
Query: Alcohol Injections for Neuroma
I would like some guidance from those practitioners who use alcohol injections for neuroma treatments. The answers to the following questions would be appreciated:
1. What is the cocktail injection using alcohol and the amounts per substance?
2. What is the amount of the cocktail injected per treatment?
3 When do you increase the % of alcohol from 4% to a higher amount—and what is that higher amount?
4. What, if any, are the side-effects with alcohol injections and how are they treated?
5. What are the total number of injections given and over how long a period?
6. What results are expected and when?
7. Is the series of injections repeated and if so when?
8. Where in relationship to the neuroma mass is the injection given?
Kel Sherkin, DPM, Toronto, Ontario
Query: Changes to Board Certification ABFAS Requirements
I recently received an email from the ABFAS that seemed to suggest that continued board certification will require additional testing requirements in foot surgery. Does anybody know what these requirements are?
Also, I do not understand how the ABFAS can change the rules on current board certified foot surgeons. In the past, I would assume grandfathering was done. The email I read would suggest that current ABFAS diplomats will be subject to continued exams, etc. Can anyone shed light on this development if my understanding of it is correct.
Don Peacock, DPM, MS, Whiteville, NC
Query: HealthSmart Complete PPO
My office is fielding calls from Centene about a new PPO in our area called “HealthSmart Complete.” I am curious if any of you are part of their network and what your experience is as far as fair market reimbursement, timely payments, and handling of appeals.
Dave Williams, DPM, El Paso, TX
Query: Recommendation for Collection Agency
Can anyone recommend a good collection agency that works on a contingency basis?
Ian Klein, DPM, St. Petersburg, FL
Query: In-office Physical Therapy
We are looking to add physical therapy to our office. I know there are different state laws regarding how physicians handle these arrangements and we are looking for some feedback about how others have done it. We have two ideas: either set up an independent office or hire the physical therapist and have a multi-specialty group. The one issue that may complicate it is the physical therapist is a sibling of one of the doctors.
James Hirt, DPM, Fenton, MI
Query: Source for Dehydrated Alcohol
I am looking for sources to purchase the dehydrated alcohol that is used as a sclerosing agent for neuromas. Currently, we purchase 5ml vials for about $250/ bottle. Their price is going up at the end of year to $800-$900 per bottle.
Ed DosRemedios, DPM, Providence, RI
Query: Formula for Valuing a Practice
What is the current method in 2021 to value a practice for sale? Is it still based on one year’s net or a multiple or percentage of that? Is there any difference between a C-Corp vs. solo practitioner?
Mark Ross, DPM, Yardley, PA
Editor's Comment: Note that any formula would just be a potential starting point for the valuation of a practice. There are multiple factors which go into any valuation including, but not limited to, type of practice, age of equipment, lease terms, accounts receivable, type of insurances accpted, and location and demographics of the area.
Query: What do Podiatrists Keep in Crash Carts?
I am curious about what podiatrists keep in their clinical “crash cart.” I also wonder how many podiatrists have AEDs in their clinics. What would be a sensible approach to this type of emergency care and preparation?
Dave Williams, DPM, El Paso, TX