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April 20, 2021 #6,932 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL
When do you anticipate physically attending meetings and seminars again?
 
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AT THE COLLEGES
FL Podiatrist Accepts Position of Dean at BUSPM
 
Barry University has announced that Robert Snyder, DPM, MBA, MSc has accepted the position of Dean of the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine (BUSPM). Dr. Snyder has been a Professor at Barry since 2011. He has served as Interim Dean since Jan. 1, 2021.
 
Dr. Robert Snyder
 
Dr. Snyder brings a wealth of experience as a teacher, researcher, and podiatric physician. His appointment as Dean will officially begin on May 1st.
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR - PART 1
Wedge Sandals Healthier for Feet than Flip-Flops: TX Podiatrist
 
It’s sandal season, but before you reach for your usual flats or flip-flops, know this: Wedge sandals are actually healthier for your feet. Unlike flat sandals, wedges offer more evenly distributed pressure throughout the foot, says Chanel Perkins, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist at UTMB Health Internal Medicine in Houston. They also provide better arch support, which will help you avoid knee, hip, and back problems.
 
Dr. Chanel Perkins
 
Straps across the forefoot, mid-foot, and/or ankle provide more support for your feet, Dr. Perkins notes. If the straps are adjustable, that’s even better. “This allows you to create a snugger, supportive fit on your foot, if necessary,” Dr. Perkins explains. “Look for natural materials like leather, suede, or cork, as opposed to synthetic options,” Dr. Perkins says. The reason: Soft, natural fabrics allow the shoe’s toe box to stretch and form more comfortably over your feet. 
 
Source: Destinee Scott, Prevention [4/16/21]
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PODIATRISTS AND FOOTWEAR - PART 2
NJ Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Shoes If You Have Plantar Fasciitis
 
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue across the sole of your foot (from your heel bone up to your toes) becomes inflamed, which then causes pain in your heel and arch, Jeffrey Cohen, DPM, chief of podiatry at Englewood Health, tells LIVESTRONG.com. He adds that you can relieve this pain by taking anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, regularly stretching the soles and arches of your feet, and wearing high-quality, comfortable shoes.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
 
Although cushion may be the first thing that comes to mind, Dr. Cohen says it's also important to prioritize support when shopping for a shoe to help with plantar fasciitis. An insole that your foot simply sinks into over time will not relieve your pain. Rather, you should look for one that's comfortable and capable of reducing the impact on your heels. More often than not, this means choosing a running shoe. "This type of shoe offers the best support, flexibility, and shock absorption," he explains.
 
Source: Sara Coughlin, LIVESTRONG.com [4/16/21]
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS
We Are Addressing Backlog Caused by Pandemic: UK Podiatrist 
 
North Cumbria’s health professionals are marking Foot Health Week 2021 by raising awareness of the importance of keeping oneself in check. Grace Messenger, head of podiatry at NCIC, said: “During the Covid-19 pandemic, the podiatry team has been working hard to provide care for patients who are at high risk of lower limb amputation and acute foot problems, such as nail surgery for ingrowing toenails. 
 
Grace Messenger
 
We have also had a number of staff re-deployed to support other services; therefore, we have not been able to offer the same service provision we would prior to Covid. “We are aware this has resulted in a backlog of work and are going to be prioritizing patients according to their medical or foot health needs as we try to address this.”
 
Source: Tomm Beattie, News&Star [4/14/21]
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY
5 Ways to Maximize Your Referral Program - Part 5
 
Traditionally, obtaining referrals consisted of visiting a physician’s office bearing breakfast baskets and new literature, organizing open houses, or hosting referring physician lunches. Digital referrals, however, guarantee you’ll reach the right person at the right time in the right place. Often, digital is cheaper, faster, more efficient, and is preferred by physicians in some cases.
 
5. Boost Your Online Reputation
 
Not only do positive online reviews make your practice more visible to potential patients and improve your search engine performance, but they’re also going to be the first thing referring physicians look at when they’re considering partnering with you. Plan to launch a review solicitation campaign a little before other physician referral program efforts or ask loyal patients to leave a testimonial for you on Google and Facebook. It’ll help build your authority and trustworthiness in the community.
 
Source: Adapted from Kerry Bailey, Physicians Practice [4/6/21]
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RELEVANT RESEARCH
Nonavalent HPV Vaccine for the Treatment of Multiple Recalcitrant Warts
 
A cohort of 45 adults with recalcitrant plantar or periungual warts was treated with the recombinant 9-valent human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine at 0, 2, and 6 months. Complete clearance 3 months after the final vaccination dose was seen in 62.2% of patients, while 8.9% had a partial response, and 28.9% showed no response. The mean time to response was 12.8 weeks after the first injection. In the complete response group, no recurrence was observed, but the follow-up time was not specified.
 
In some patients, a course of the 9-valent HPV vaccine may lead to complete clearance of recalcitrant warts. Further prospective trials would be useful to confirm these findings, but this treatment modality can be added to the existing array of wart treatments.
 
Source:  Margaret Hammond, MD, Practice Update [4/15/21] Via Dr. Allen Jacobs
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Pinch Callus
 
I looked for this topic and couldn’t find it and wanted your thoughts. Currently, with nail and callus care, if a callus is pared distal to the proximal interphalangeal joint, the callus will be covered and the nail care will be denied. What is correct coding if the callus is at the medial hallux interphalangeal joint?
 
Jonathan Huey, DPM, Berkeley, CA
 
Response: For Medicare, calluses distal to the PIPJ will not be paid in addition to the nail care. I have seen the nail, not the callus, being paid for. Other insurances may vary with this. A callus is a callus and there is no specific coding for a medial hallux IPJ callus versus a callus anywhere else. It may be denied in addition to nail care and that would need to be appealed.
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
 
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Fluid Flow Amniotic Liquid Allograph Injection - Results and Reimbursements
 
I have been approached by BioLab Sciences concerning their product Fluid Flow. Does anyone have experience with this product, results, and reimbursements? The company clearly says there is Medicare reimbursement. Has anyone had refund requests for past payments?
 
Elliot Diamond, DPM, Philadelphia, PA
The Sacramento Regional Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery
 
We are accepting applications for a two-year lower extremity surgical fellowship starting July 1, 2021 (pending timeline for applicant's California license). The scope of work will include reconstructive surgery and limb salvage techniques. Comprehensive wound care. Lower extremity peripheral nerve surgery and training in vascular medicine. 
 
The fellowship includes the fundamental and advanced AENS peripheral nerve surgery cadaver courses, training in microsurgical techniques at the Mayo Clinic, and qualification for fellowship status in the Association for Extremity Nerve Surgeons upon completion. Applicants will need a California license. And have completed a CPME accredited three-year residency. 
 
Send your CV, and two letters of recommendation and a cover letter to  Dr Tracy Basso  at drtbasso@vincsacramento.com

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CASE REPORTS)
RE: Acute Fracture of Extensive Achilles Tendon Calcific Tendinopathy 
From: Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH
 
A 72-year-old man presented with a 3-week history of right ankle pain beginning while mowing his lawn. He had a history of acute trauma affecting the Achilles tendon decades prior to this injury. The patient felt a “pop” one week after his current problem with the onset of pain and experienced subsequent bruising, swelling, and tenderness to his right lower leg.  His walking was limited to short strides. The patient’s range of motion was intact, and the Achilles tendon was indurated. Plain radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated ossification (i.e., calcification) of the Achilles tendon with a fracture of the ossified mass.
 
Acute fracture of extensive Achilles tendon calcific tendinopathy
 
Treatment consisted of a trial of non-surgical treatment involving home exercises for range of motion, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and activity modification. He was then immobilized with a cast for 4 weeks and underwent physical therapy for several weeks thereafter. Five months after the inciting event, the patient reported no pain and was fully functional (Sullivan D, et al.; Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, published on-line March 21, 2021) .
 
Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL)
From: Elliot Udell, DPM
 
Try placing some adhesive felt behind the third met interspace on the plantar surface of the foot and the interspace in order to separate the two met heads when weight is applied to the foot. If this helps, then cast the patient for orthotics and have the lab place a met pad behind the third interspace. 
 
Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From Robert S. Schwartz, CPed
 
Thank you, Dr. Levine for reminding women to return gradually to high heels. An extremely effective way to get comfortable with their favorite styles already in their wardrobe is to add a cushion rocker to the soles of their high-heel shoes. This will reduce impact, and redistribute forces proximal to the met-heads.
 
Instructions for technician: Add ¼” (12 iron) 35 to 45 durometer matching color EVA, apex proximal to ball of shoe, taper to feathered edge at heel and toe.
 
For generations, many fashionistas have returned to enjoying the comfort of their favorite shoes this way. As all high heel wearers know, functionally, you’re enjoying a lower heel shoe without having to actually lower the heels, and especially alter the length of your pants.
 
Robert S. Schwartz, CPed, NY, NY
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Foot Tattoo of the Day

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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
FUTURE PARTNER/ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST – ARKANSAS 
 
We are a busy well established and highly respected three man group. This position is available to a well-trained, personable, motivated, goal oriented, entrepreneurial minded physician. This practice offers all facets of podiatric medicine with an onsite ASC. Located in a rapidly growing city with a  Division I University. You would be hard pressed to find a better city to settle down and raise a family. Send CV to podiatrygrouppharm@gmail.com
 
PODIATRIST POSITION – CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TERRITORY 
 
Join a podiatric team whose work positively impacts the lives of seniors every day! KG Health Partners, the largest podiatric practice in Florida, is seeking full and part-time podiatrists who will provide mobile-based foot, ankle, and lower leg care to residents living in long-term facilities in Central/Southwest Florida. Achieve work-life balance with a Monday through Friday schedule, competitive wages, malpractice insurance, and exceptional benefits for full-time employees (health, paid time off, 401K retirement plan with company match). You must maintain active Medicare and Florida licenses. Email CV to kgadmin@kghealthpartners.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE -  WESTERN and UPSTATE NEW YORK 
 
Looking for reliable and ethical podiatrists to service Nursing Homes and Skilled Nursing Facilities in the Buffalo area and Upstate New York. Send inquiries and CV to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – SOUTH WEST FLORIDA 
 
Start Immediately. Walk into a busy schedule day one in this modern, full scope practice. Must be personable, compassionate, motivated, and ABPM or ABFAS BQ/BC. Competitive salary and benefits with clear path to partnership. Excellent opportunity for surgical volume and diversity to accelerate board certification. FL License required. Send CV to podiatrymanda@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – CT, DE, PA, OH, MO, TN, FL 
 
PediRite provides care to nursing home residents. Excellent opportunities working in our contracted facilities. Flexible scheduling, very lucrative commissions! Great match if you have open days/hours in your schedule. Work available in DE, OH, PA, MO, TN, PA, CT. Resume to sara@sightrite.com (sign on bonus for CT and DE)
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION  NASSAU COUNTY, NY 
 
Multiple office practice located in Nassau County, New York seeking motivated, energetic individual to become an Associate in Merrick and Westbury locations. Multi lingual a plus. Leading to partnership and eventual ownership of practices. Please email CV to dgrossman5@optimum.net.
 
FULL TIME PODIATRIST - NEW JERSEY 
 
We are a fast-growing podiatry practice in New 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, guaranteed 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
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ATLANTA, GA 
 
Immediate associate position for a well-trained, highly motivated individual. Competitive salary with commission structure, PTO, CME allowance, health and malpractice insurance. All aspects of podiatry. ABFAS RRA Board Certified is preferred but will consider the right Board Qualified Candidate. Must be confident in working solo in your own office environment.  Please email cover letter and CV to atlantafootankle@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - HORSEHEADS, NY
 
Seeking BQ/BC podiatrist with residency training to join busy practice serving the NY Finger Lakes Region as well as Corning, Elmira, and northern PA. (Surgical privileges in NY & PA hospitals) Excellent Opportunity. Generous Compensation Package. Send CV, references to career@thurberandthurber.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - PISCATAWAY/HILLSBOROUGH, NJ 
 
We are a busy podiatry office with locations in Piscataway and Hillsborough, NJ. The office has been in practice for over 31 years and has great reputations. We are looking for motivated and driven full-time and part-time doctors. Candidate will be comfortable meeting doctors and business owners to build referral relationships. We will provide you with every tool needed for your success- treatment protocols, peer networking groups, and a full-time marketing person. drwishnie@stopfootpainfast.com  
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. PETE/CLEARWATER FLORIDA  
 
West Coast of Florida. I am looking for a podiatrist to help in office but mainly long term care facilities. This job has flexible days, and flexible hours. All schedules and supplies will be given. We are not a big corporation. We pay a GENEROUS percentage of collections. No call, No weekends. Only drawback is that there will be fairly extensive travel throughout Florida required. Travel expenses paid for. All I ask is for a personable doctor ready to make a good living without a lot of stress. Please email Wormanjeffrey@gmail.com
 
FULL-TIME or PART-TIME PODIATRIST - DALLAS/FORT WORTH AREA 
 
PSR 24-36 Trained Multi-dimensional, Multi-office group treating a wide range of patients to include: forefoot, rearfoot, diabetic wound care, sports medicine and work-related injuries.  Modern offices and equipment. A great opportunity for driven personable individual. Please e-mail  Cover letter, CV, short introduction video Email: cnunez1940@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS 
 
Full-time position available 7/1/21 in busy 2-doctorm 2-office well-established practice in Central Massachusetts. Must be surgically trained. Must be willing to get Board Certified.  Hard-working, professional and goal oriented who is looking for a long term position with growth.  We cover all aspects of Podiatric care including private office, long-term care facilities, surgeries, and wound care center.  Please send cover letter and CV to greatpodiatryjob@gmail.com
 
PART-TIME ASSOCIATE - GLENSIDE, PA
 
Looking for a part-time associate DPM in our main office in Glenside. Private outpatient practice that sees all aspects of podiatry but with a Sports Medicine focus as well. Incentive-based pay. In suburbs of Philadelphia. More info/to apply email CV to gordonpodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE PODIATRIST - NAPLES, FL 
 
PSR 24/36, ABFAS certified/qualified for surgical practice. Must have FL license. Hospital privileges available.  No HMOs. Naples is an upscale area and wonderful place to work and live. Prefer someone who is personable, team player and hard working. Email CV draustin@gulfcoastfootcare.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CHICAGO
 
Available immediately. Home visits/ some facilities/ some office hours . Illinois license is required. Existing patients’ base. Net $250-325K. logistics are provided. Full- and part-time are available. Contact vadim.goshko@gmail.com or 312-375-6430.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CAPE COD, MA 
 
Practice seeks associate to join practice in partnership track. Established practice. Opportunity to be the surgeon of the practice and have a strong established base to work from. Competitive compensation plan. Contact: MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – SOUTHERN, NJ 
 
Due to patient demand, this established practice is seeking an associate to join and help practice with meeting demand.  Great place to live and work. Full array of office based services along with local hospital, surgery center and wound center participation. Partnership track established. Competitive salary and benefits. Contact: MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR UPCOMING GRADUATES – JACKSONVILLE, FL 
 
We are looking for a full-time surgical podiatrist in Jacksonville FL starting this summer. Three busy practice locations, inpatient service, need to be board qualified for hospital privileges (ABPM or ABFAS or ABMSP) Growth opportunities. Please sent CV or text to Dr.Barnouti@gmail.com  904 887 4531 and DrNamen@DrNamen.com
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE AVAILABLE FOR SALE-  MASSACHUSETTS 
 
North of Boston. 30-year-old solo practice. Affluent community. EHR. Digital x-ray. 5 year avg. over $700k gross. Dedicated staff. Owner can stay for transition. Email podpractice2021@gmail.com.
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE – NEW JERSEY
 
15 min. from Philly; 38 y/o practice; all phases of podiatry office and hosp. surgery EMR, digital x-ray, great staff. Grosses 300 K in 2 1/2 days can easily expand to full time. Optional building purchase. Retiring but will stay as long as needed for transition. contact jay195322@gmail.com 
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - WHITE PLAINS, NY 
 
This established practice has been operating for more than 25 years in key market location. Full range of office services and surgery. Opportunity to grow practice and have outstanding return on investment. Priced to sale. Contact: MCrosby518@gmail.com
 
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