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April 14, 2011 #4,134 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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BC Podiatrist Provides Pre-Race Advice for Runners

At least 46,000 people will be lacing up their running shoes for this year's Vancouver Sun Run. Dr. Alan Boroditsky, a local podiatrist, says runners have been paying more attention to their feet than they have in years past. But he adds, "There are still so many who are running out there wearing inappropriate shoes and causing injuries to themselves." 

Dr. Alan Boroditsky

If you are taking part in the Sun Run, he says it's a good idea to wear shoes that have been worn in. "Probably put at least 100 kilometers on them before doing the Sun Run." And if this is one of your first runs, it's a good idea to see a doctor ahead of time. "A look at foot health is helpful for the patient to select proper shoes and see if there are any limiting factors, such as a tight calf muscle that could cause injury."

Source: Amanda Wawryk, News 1130 [4/12/11]

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MA Podiatry Group Partners with Amputation Association

Seven years ago, an excited but slightly nervous Rose Marie Bissonnette sat in her homey kitchen and described her new limb loss support group. The fledgling group would meet monthly at Clinton Hospital. She hoped participants would share emotional and medical experiences, point one another in the right direction, and perhaps invite a guest speaker once in a while. She has come a long way, and the group, now with more than 100 members, has grown along with her. And now there’s a new, all-encompassing name for the group: The New England Amputee Association.

Drs. Neil Feldman, Robert Grondin, and Donald Pelto

The name change will be announced Wednesday, at which time Ms. Bissonnette will also announce a partnership with Drs. Neil Feldman, Robert Grondin, and Donald Pelto of Worcester-based Central Mass Podiatry. This coincides with the first-ever National Limb Loss Awareness Month, declared for April by the Amputee Coalition, a national group. Gov. Deval L. Patrick proclaimed April Limb Loss Awareness Month in Massachusetts, making this one of the first states to do so.
Source: Karen Nugent, Telegram & Gazette, [4/11/11]


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APWCA Names 10 Wound Care Professionals as "Masters"

The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) honored ten wound care professionals with the designation of “Master” during the recent APWCA2011 National Clinical Conference. This designation of membership is presented to those who are selected by a committee of the association and approved by the Board of Directors. The “Master” designation was initiated in 2010 and serves as a mechanism to recognize key opinion leaders who have impacted wound care through education, research, and advocacy. 

(L-R) Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, Gerit Mulder, DPM, PhD, Jeffrey Niezgoda, MD, Robert Bartlett, MD; Steven R. Kravitz, DPM; Thomas Serena, MD; and Janice Beitz, PhD, RN

The recipients of this prestigious recognition were doctors: Robert Bartlett, MD, Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, Lawrence Harkless, DPM, Pamela E. Houghton, PhD, PT, Steven R. Kravitz, DPM, Gerit Mulder, DPM, PHD, Jeffrey A. Niezgoda, MD, Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, Thomas E. Serena, MD, and Robert Warriner, MD.




CMS to Release Podiatry Services Comparative Billing Report

In April 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will release its fifth national provider Comparative Billing Report (CBR). The purpose of this CBR is to inform podiatric providers of billing information for selected services billed to Medicare and to help prevent improper payments. The data in this report illustrates peer comparisons of debridement codes billed, Evaluation and Management (E/M) high level code use, and the number of patients billed per day in both the office and skilled nursing facility settings. The CBRs will be released to approximately 5000 podiatry providers nationwide.

The CBRs, produced by SafeGuard Services, under contract with CMS, provide comparative data on how an individual healthcare provider compares to other providers by looking at utilization patterns for services, beneficiaries, and diagnoses billed. CMS has received feedback from a number of providers that this kind of data is very helpful to them and encouraged SafeGuard Services to produce more CBRs and make them available to providers. These reports are not available to anyone but the provider who receives them. To ensure privacy, CMS presents only summary billing information. No patient- or case-specific data is included. These reports are an example of a tool that helps providers comply with Medicare billing rules and improve the level of care they furnish to their Medicare patients.

Source: SafeGuard Services via Joseph Borreggine, DPM

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HHS Launches $1 Billion Patient-Safety Initiative

HHS has announced the launch of Partnership for Patients, a $1 billion collaborative patient-safety initiative focused on reducing preventable harm and easing transitions of care. Patient-safety advocates, clinicians, employers, and more than 500 hospitals have already signed on to participate in the partnership, HHS said. The government predicts the program could save 60,000 lives over the next three years and save up to $50 billion in Medicare costs over the next decade.

Initial funding of $500 million was made available today as part of Community-based Care Transitions Program, a provision of the healthcare reform law aimed at reducing re-admissions and improving care transitions. According to HHS, the remaining $500 million will be made available through the CMS Innovation Center to support local projects that reduce hospital-acquired conditions.

Source: Maureen McKinney and Jessica Zigmond, Modern Physician [4/12/11]

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Query: Uric Acid Crystals, Post-op

I performed an MIS saucerization procedure. Although the patient has had no post-op pain, the tiny incision has uric acid crystals draining. I have seen this as the primary complaint in patients, but this is the first time I have had this complication to a surgery.

Uric Acid Crystals, Post-op

The culture is negative for bacteria. What is the best way to to approach this complication? Any ideas or experiences would be appreciated.

Name Withheld (CA)



RE: Mosaic Wart Treatment (Stephen Merena, DPM)
From: Charles Morelli, DPM, Dwight L. Bates, DPM

Consider oral cimetidine regardless of the patient's age. Yes, it does work better in children, but you have nothing to lose in trying to avoid a treatment that will be uncomfortable for this particular patient. 35mg/kg for 45 days, TID.

The topical I have always used, is either canthranone or cantharadin. They differ slightly, but are basically the same as far as their efficacy. This is a very strong topical med, and needs to be used carefully. Too much can cause a very painful blister, and for children or adults with tender sensitive skin (areas other than the heel or ball of the foot), you need to use less. Apply once after debridement and have the patient return in 10 -14 days. The lesions will have blistered and are easily removed. If some lesion remains, I touch them with silver nitrate and in 10 more days, the patient returns for what is usually a final treatment (usually mechanical debridement with a sanding wheel).

Charles Morelli, DPM, Mamaroneck, NY,

Sweaty feet, hormonal changes as in puberty, and plantar warts go together. If you can keep the warts from becoming worse, you are winning the battle as warts are uncommon in mature people. Control sweating on the plantar surface with topical Drysol or over-the-counter antiperspirant. If that fails, use very dilute formaldehyde topically.

Dwight L. Bates, DPM, Dallas, TX,



RE: Orthotic for Golfer With Met Adductus Foot
From: Arnold B. Wolf, DPM

Before I address suggesting an orthotic for a golfer with metatarsus adductus, I would first look at the following: age; general flexibility; his address position (i.e., stance). Specifically, with his stance, is his left foot squared to the target line?...flaring his left foot open at address will help his lower body rotation and reduce some rolling to the side of his foot. Secondly, how is his swing? Is it "Hoganesque" or that of a hacker (or somewhere in between).

As far as the orthotic recommendation, I would consider an accommodative insert that includes a molded "lateral clip" that provides significant plantar and lateral off-loading at the styloid process. I assume that, along with the adductus component, he has a varus rearfoot component which should be addressed. Finally, I would also address any orthomechanical issues that may exist above the foot and ankle.

Arnold B. Wolf, DPM, Sterling Heights, MI,



RE: Orthotic for Golfer With Met Adductus Foot
From:  Robert S. Schwartz, CPed

This golfer needs a "C" last golf shoe, and consider stretching to pocket the deformity. You need to be careful with orthotics because they will remove the MTJ compensation and will expose more of the Met adductus.

The golf shoe can be modified to accommodate the bony prominence at the base of the fifth metatarsal by opening the insole of the shoe and making it wider under the lateral column. An additional lateral flare and buttress can be added for reinforcement. A high top shoe is his best option.

Robert S. Schwartz, CPed, Eneslow Pedorthic Enterprises, Inc.,



RE: Chronic Stasis Dermatitis Draining Lymph Fluid (Frank J. DiPalma, DPM)
From: Khurram H. Khan, DPM

From the picture provided, it appears that the patient suffers from lipodermatosclerosis secondary to the chronic venous stasis. Notice the “reverse champagne bottle” appearance with the rather large calf but the much smaller ankle. The discoloration from the hemosiderin is occurring in the classic “gaiter distribution” between the ankle and calf. The redness is most likely the inflammation associated with the dermatitis vs. a cellulitis, especially given the lack of response of a broad spectrum antibiotic, but a culture to confirm no MRSA might be warranted.

Compression works best on patients with pitting edema (fluid accumulation) vs. non-pitting edema (hyaluronic acid accumulation). Most patients who have progressed to lipodermatosclerosis have already passed through the phase of pitting edema. These are the patients whose swelling does not...

Editor's note: Dr. Khan's extended-length letter appears here.

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RE: HIPAA and Doctor Reviews on Websites (Carl Solomon, DPM)
From: Richard W. Boone, Sr

In most cases, I seriously doubt that a court would find that a patient had waived his or her right to medical privacy merely by posting a so-called "review" criticizing the care provided by a physician. So, any response which discloses protected healthcare information is a potential HIPAA violation. Further, since most of these Internet "reviews" are really editorial opinions, they are most likely constitutionally protected from defamation suits in any event.

In my opinion, it is a mistake to respond to these Internet reviews. All that it usually accomplishes is another public shouting match. History has shown us that there is never a clear-cut winner in any of those arguments. All they ever seem to do is to draw even more attention to the unwanted criticism, giving it more public circulation than it deserves. Unless the "review" is actually hurting you professionally in some significant and provable way, it is probably better just to ignore the criticism.

Richard W. Boone, Sr., Fairfax, VA,



Routinely Taking Patients' Blood Pressures in a Podiatric Setting
From: Elliot Udell, DPM

At our office, we now routinely take patients' blood pressures and brachial pulses. Initially, I was against this and frankly instituted this in our office solely to satisfy "meaningful use." I resisted taking routine blood pressures on patients because it felt like doing it is dabbling in another doctor's profession. I also feared that if podiatrists all started taking routine blood pressures, we would all have unnecessary legal exposure in an area that is out of our scope and focus of practice.

Something happened today which jolted me and totally changed my thinking on the matter. I took a man's blood pressure, who presented to our office solely to have his right foot evaluated. His systolic was 192 and diastolic was 94. When I apprised him of the results, the patient realized that he had forgotten to take his blood pressure medications for over a week. I counseled him to contact his internist immediately and get back on his medical routine. The patient left the office extremely grateful, and I felt like I did a really good deed over and beyond the focus of my practice.

Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY,



RE: Celebrex Not Being Detailed to Podiatrists
From: Ed Davis, DPM, Brandon Hawkins, DPM

We cannot get detailed for Celebrex. The Pfizer rep informed us that no credit is provided for Celebrex written by podiatrists.

Ed Davis, DPM, San Antonio, TX,

Actually Pfizer is very podiatry-friendly. Our reps bring samples to our office at least twice a week. I am also a local and national lecture for Pfizer on behalf of Celebrex and Lyrica.

Therefore, to assume that Pfizer lacks commitment to podiatry is a fallacy. The problem that this physician is having is that the rep covering his area is either new or is unfamiliar with podiatry and is uncomfortable in selling his product.

In the future, instead of assuming and or jumping to conclusions, maybe you should talk with the manager overseeing this reps area. Not everyone is a podiatry hater!

Brandon Hawkins, DPM, Bakersfield, CA,





RE: Advertisements for Laser Treatment of Onychomycosis (Barry Mullen, DPM)
From: George Jacobsen, DPM

To clarify one point for Dr. Mullen, I didn’t bring up the word “fraud.” The patient questioned whether it was fraud. I could have said I’m not a lawyer or incubated a lawsuit, but I have learned not to take everything a patient says about another doctor as being absolutely correct. We have all been misquoted or our instructions misunderstood at some time in our careers. PICA presented three cases in their 2010 home study program, where I believe all three doctors went out their way to help their patients, yet you would cringe at the patients' perspectives and the outcomes.

I recommended that this patient return to his podiatrist as...

Editor's note: Dr. Jacobsen's extended-length letter can be read here.




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