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October 16, 2007 #3,067 Editor-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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Buying the Best Athletic Shoe is Often Problematic: BC Podiatrist

By what mystical or divine means can a common consumer find nice-looking shoes that don't hurt? "Feet are so idiosyncratic," says Vancouver podiatrist Sue Turner. "Sometimes a foot looks fine, but when you step down it splays out, an arch collapses, or all of a sudden this bony prominence sticks out."

Dr. Sue Turner

You could put on a well-made, apparently well-fitted running shoe and end up with forefoot pain, Turner says. Switch to a virtually identical shoe with a slightly lower heel and a less bouncy sole, and suddenly, everything's fine. Go figure.

Canvas flats currently marketed as cool shoes to hang around in, are similar. "They are made to look like athletic shoes or ones you can be active in," Turner says. "The problem is, you can't." A wedge shoe distributes weight more evenly, but limited sole flexibility means more chance of a rolled ankle. Platforms pretty much force you to walk flatfooted.

Source: Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun [10/13/07]

Codes for Podiatric Medicine and More! 2008 (20th Edition)

Volume One, ICD-9-CM Codes for Podiatric Medicine (includes E codes, V codes, and more) is available beginning October 1, 2007. Volume Two, CPT, HCPCS, Diabetes Coding, Wound Care Coding, DMERC and Diabetes Shoe Program information, modifiers, etc., will be delivered beginning January 1, 2008. An optional CD is available with purchase of manuals. $85 for each two-volume set. CD’s $15 each with paid manual order.

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WA Podiatrist Raises Money to Build Guatemalan Orphanage

Will Boegel figured he couldn't be shocked anymore. He and his wife, Diane, volunteered on medical missions to Vietnam, Egypt and Mexico, performing surgeries under primitive conditions. They'd seen poverty and hunger. Then, for his 50th birthday in January, the Bothell, WA couple went to Guatemala City, where 40,000 people live in the city dump.

Dr. Will Boegel

"Little kids 6 years and up spend all night on the streets huffing paint thinner," said the Kirkland, WA podiatrist. "They're homeless. The paint thinner keeps them warm and cuts their appetite. It fries their brains, and they end up dead or in prison." "I could have gone to Hawaii to lie on the beach,” Boegel said. "I'll never be the same again." Neither will the couple's bank account. They're founding Opal House, an orphanage.

Raising the $400,000 needed to buy the farm and start getting children off the streets has been the hardest part. "We're up to $205,000," Boegel said. "I take care of feet; I don't do professional fundraising. This is a long-term mission we've been called to. We just know it will happen."

Source: Sherry Grindeland, Seattle Times [10/13/07]

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Indiana Podiatric Medical Association Announces Officers

The Indiana Podiatric Medical Association has announced its new officers:

Dr. Darin Serletic

Dr. Darin R. Serletic (president and delegate)
Dr. Randall A. Cooper (president-elect)
Dr. Andrew J. Rader (first vice president)
Dr. Jane A. Koch (second vice president)
Dr. Derek A. Besing (secretary-treasurer)
Dr. Richard A. Stanley (Central trustee)
Dr. Patrick A. DeHeer (South trustee)
Dr. Marc S. Bruell and Dr. Patricia A. Moore (APMA delegates)
Dr. Randall A. Cooper (APMA alternate delegate).

Source: Indianapolis Star [10/13/07]


3rd Annual Capital Conference - Albany, New York

October 27, 2007 8am – 5pm
Albany Marriott Hotel 189 Wolf Road * Albany, NY 12205
For Hotel Reservations: 518-458-8444

Faculty Speakers: John Ruch, DPM, Bradley Bakotic, DPM, DO, Luke Cicchinelli, DPM

APMA Members…… $75... Non-APMA members…$125... Medinotes Workshop……$40
Registration includes:• Full Day of Podiatric Lectures • Light Breakfast / Full Lunch Buffet

General Questions or to receive the conference brochure: Email: or Call 518-482-4321 Presented by the Northeast Division of the NYSPMA

20th Annual Northcoast Super Saver Seminar "The Fall Classic"

October 25 - 28, 2007 Cleveland Airport Marriott, Cleveland, Ohio

Medicine, Trauma and Surgery of the Foot and Ankle presented by....the Northeast Ohio Academy of Podiatric Medicine & The Ohio College Of Podiatric Medicine - 25.0 CME Contact Hours.

Nationally renowned speakers and a distinguished faculty of the American Academy Of Podiatric Practice Management. Spectacular menu of subjects, topics, and food, including a full Sunday morning buffet brunch during lectures, second to none.

Register online at early registration fees apply until 10/15/07. For further info: please contact R.J. Berkowitz, DPM @ 88 Center Road Suite 100, Bedford, OH 440-735 feet (3338)

For a list of all meetings go to:


Query: Board Certification Requirements for Hospital Staff

The main hospital in our area currently has bylaws which state that a podiatrist must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery within six years after graduating. We have a few podiatrists who are not certified by APBS, but are certified by the American Medical Specialties Board. These podiatrists have been on staff for over five years and their work has been exemplary. The credentials committee is considering whether to dismiss them from the medical staff or whether to accept certification from alternative boards. The credentials committee is asking me, as podiatry section leader, for my advice.

What do I tell the credentials committee? What are other hospitals around the country using as their criteria for medical staff privileges? What other boards should be accepted for staff privileges?

Doug Milch, DPM, Asheville, NC

RE: Transdermal Verapamil 15% Gel for Plantar Fibromatosis (Kenneth Jacoby, DPM)
From: Cynthia Ferrelli, DPM

I had one patient use it & she did quite well. The lesions were b/l a) 3 x 2 cm b) 2 x 2 cm. They resolved about 80-85% over 9 months time. She was happy. I give patients the script and tell them to call the two compounding pharmacies in my area that make it, and to ask them if their insurance will cover it. This way, the patient can decide.

Cynthia Ferrelli, DPM, Williamviile, NY,

Editor’s Note: This topic is now closed

Post Graduate Fellowships

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Research Fellowship -The primary purpose of this fellowship is to provide to the Podiatric Surgeon who has completed a minimum of a three year residency, and who is committed to a part-time/full-time academic career in Podiatry, further education on research of the Diabetic Foot. The fellow is expected to complete several clinical or basic research projects during the term. This fellowship is a one-year experience during which the Fellow will develop a rational approach to research of the Diabetic Foot.

Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery -This fellowship is a one-year experience during which the Fellow will develop a rational approach to revisional and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. The Fellow will function as a Junior Faculty member, participate in the teaching of Podiatric medical students and residents, and have ample opportunity to be involved in clinical and basic research projects. The fellowship will provide the Podiatric Surgeon, further expertise in Charcot reconstruction, plastic surgery (diabetic soft tissue reconstruction), trauma and deformity correction. The fellow is expected to complete two clinical or basic research projects during the year.


Duration: 1 year (7/1/08 – 6/30/09) Interviews: 12/1/07 – 12/31/07 Stipend: $41,100/Year

Requirements: Completion of 3-year residency; a commitment to a part-time/full-time academic career in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Texas License eligible (Test date 4/14/08, Application Deadline 2/14/08). ABPS Board Qualification eligible in Foot & Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

Submit a CV and letter of interest to: Thomas Zgonis, DPM, FACFAS, Assistant Professor, Director of Fellowship Programs University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio 7703 Floyd Curl Drive (MSC 7776) San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900 Email: Phone: (210) 567-5152 Fax: (210)567-4916

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Pulsating Bilateral Great Toe Pain (Gary Hoberman, DPM)

It sounds like the patient is wearing ill-fitting shoes when she's on the elliptical. Have her try the exercise with sandals or some other footgear that does not exert pressure on her great toes.

Richard Mann, DPM, Delray Beach, FL,



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RE: Physician Gifts: New York Times Examines Minnesota Limit
From: Nicholas D'Angelo, DPM

"New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram (D) said, "When you see a doctor, you should have confidence that the advice you get is based on what's best for you and not on some financial incentives or gifts that the doctor is getting."

I wonder how come there is no concern that when you see a doctor, the advice you get is not based on HMO limitations and restrictions.

Nicholas D'Angelo, DPM, Brooklyn, NY,

RE: Wound Care Debridement Codes (Jeffrey Crowhurst, DPM)
From: Lloyd Smith, DPM

The development of the wound care codes is consistent with CPT Assistant. They were designed to allow non-physicians to be able to bill for "debridement" services. They were not designed to be used by physicians as defined by Medicare (which includes DPMs). CPT, however, is only a coding guideline and does not set payment policy which is determined by carriers. WPS has a different policy. It may violate CPT guidelines and be wrong, but it is reality.

Lloyd Smith, DPM, Newton Center, MA,


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Multi-specialty group is looking to add another Podiatric Surgeon or General Podiatrist to our well-established group. Office locations in northwestern Pennsylvania. Unlimited opportunities exist for the right Associate, wound care experience is a plus. Please forward your CV to


Orthofeet is looking for independent sales reps to sell their line of shoes and orthotics. Orthofeet offers high end shoes and diabetic insoles that are covered by Medicare, along with competitive advantages and unique selling points. E-mail:


Exceptional opportunity for qualified candidates. Associate position available in a rapid growing, well established multi-office practice. Applicant must be bilingual in English and Spanish, well trained (PSR-24 or more). Compensation includes excellent salary plus incentives and benefits. Please e-Mail CV, letters of reference to

Home Physicians, a medical group specializing in house calls is looking to hire podiatrists. We are located in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Full and part time positions are available. Competitive Compensation including malpractice. Contact Scott Schneider. Phone-773-342-4201 FAX 773-486-3548-E-Mail --


Multi-faceted 3-office practice needs motivated podiatrist. Opportunity for future partnership, buy-in, or purchase of an office. Willing to train practice management and surgery. Multiple hospital and surgical center privileges available. Forward CV to or call (618)548-0057.


Fully equipped podiatry office for sale in Suffolk County Long Island NY. Very reasonable asking price $60,000. All equipment and patient files are included. Write, or call 631 253-2046 Tue, Fri, Sat.


Part time/ full time with flexible hours.All aspects of podiatry including surgery. Modern office with EMR, Sonography, digital x-rays, and in-office surgical suite. Please email resume including list of participating plans and hospital affiliations to


Multi Specialty Group is seeking to add a General Podiatrist to our well established group. Office Locations on Cape Cod. Unlimited opportunities exist for the right Associate. Also available part time (possible early retirement?) DPM. Please forward your CV to


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