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Dr. Priya Parthasarathy Featured in ABPM Magazine

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (“FASMA”) podiatrist Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, was recently featured in the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) Magazine, pictured speaking during the Young Physicians presentation at PICA. The presentation was part of the 2015 APMA Young Physicians’ Institute, held in Franklin, Tennessee, on September 25 and 26.  Dr. Parthasarathy was among young physicians chosen as ABPM Diplomates. “Their enthusiasm for the importance of board certification in medicine was palpable,” said William E. Chagares, DPM, ABPM Board of Directors. Dr. Parthasarathy serves as the Young Physician Liaison to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). She is currently Podiatry Section Chief at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center and the APMAPAC Coordinator for Maryland.  Dr. Parthasarathy has participated in numerous pediatric surgical mission trips to Honduras with Operation Footprint,  where she received additional training in congenital pediatric and neurological deformities, while providing much-needed care to the children of the community. She is also a speaker for the Arthritis Foundation. She is currently on staff at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center, Suburban Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital. Dr. Parthasarathy practices in FASMA’s White Oak office.

Dr. Saylee Tulpule Participates in Health Fair

Podiatrist Saylee Tulpule, DPM, of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (“FASMA”) Silver Spring/Fenton and Eye Street NW locations recently participated in a health fair in DC sponsored by the Health and Human Services Department.  Dr. Tulpule has attended this annual health fair for the past two years.  The Health and Human Services Department in Washington, DC, hosts an Open Enrollment Health Fair for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency.  More than 1000 federal employees attended.  Dr. Tulpule handed out information about podiatrists and their practice, and discussed common foot ailments.

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC Attends NCQA Quality Talks

David J. Freedman, DPM, and Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM, of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC attend annual “TED”-style healthcare conference On November 9, 2015, Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC ("FASMA") podiatrists David J. Freedman, DPM (Silver Spring Division) and Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM (Reston Division) attended the annual Quality Talks event, presented by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, DC.  The event was held as a celebration of NCQA’s 25th anniversary. Drs. Freedman and Rubenstein joined with other health care leaders and policymakers to listen to and interact with several compelling “TED”-style talks from innovators in the healthcare field. The speakers’ topics ranged from the need for patient advocacy, to telehealth, to analyzing social needs as well as physical needs to improve health. FASMA began to pursue NCQA’s newest recognition program, Patient-Centered Connected Care™ Recognition, earlier this year, which will award seals to sites that meet the following standards: Connecting with Primary Care Physicians/Providers, Identifying Patient Needs, Patient Care and Support, System Capabilities, and Measure and Improve Performance. FASMA has 24 locations throughout DC, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  For more information on Drs. Freedman, Rubenstein, and Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, and to find a location near you, visit our website.

Dr. Osterman Interviewed on Local Radio Station WPFW

Dr. Howard G. Osterman was featured on local radio station WPFW 89.3 FM on November 23, during the Community Watch and Comment - Monday segment at 11am.  The segment is broadcasted weekday mornings and discusses various local businesses and issues.  Host Gloria Minott interviewed Dr. Osterman about diabetes awareness, for seniors in particular. “We have an aging population,” Dr. Osterman said, “and as people age, there are many conditions that can occur and cause problems - diabetes is certainly one of them. Our population is heavier than it should be, and as we get older, Type II diabetes is becoming an epidemic.” He discussed certain signs that someone might need to seek medical care for the feet: any open sores, which have the potential for infection; ingrown toenails; small cuts or wounds; and thick calluses. He suggested frequent exercise to encourage bloodflow and circulation to the feet, wearing appropriate footwear, and seeing a podiatrist twice a year. Visit WPFW’s website to hear the entire show. Dr. Osterman practices in the Silver Spring/Fenton Street, Eye Street NW, and Chevy Chase offices, with his associates, Drs. Tulpule, Gerres, and Matai.  FASMA has 24 locations throughout DC, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.   

Obesity and Foot Pain

"Doctor Tulpule, is my weight contributing to my foot pain?" This question is quite frequently asked by many patients during a consultation exam. Theanswer varies depending on the individual's BMI (body mass index) and medical history but the general answer is that weight problems can be a contributing factor to foot pain. Feet are responsible for bearing our body weight. The more weight they must bear, the more stress is placed on our soft tissues and joints. This can lead to inflammation and arthritis which then leads to constant pain. Weight gain can also affect posture and this too can contribute to abnormal stresses on the back, hips, knees, and feet. Unfortunately, this is a vicious cycle: the more pain our feet are in, the less likely we are to exercise to lose the weight. The treatment plan is always focused on each individual's pathology, lifestyle, and medical history. General recommendations are:
  1. Wear shoes with appropriate cushion and width. Shock absorption is key to reducing plantar pressures on our feet. An athletic shoe will be a more comfortable fit than a flip flop sandal or a flat type shoe (dress shoe). Also, minimize walking barefoot.
  2. Consider an orthotic prescription device: these devices can stabilize any abnormal pressures placed on our feet and can help support and pad ligaments, tendons, and joints.
  3. Physical Therapy/Stretching Exercises: a regimented therapy program can help maintain flexibility and strength in the inflamed or painful area.
  4. Maintain a proper diet and exercise regimen: portion control and a diet low in fat/sugar can help facilitate weight loss. A registered nutritionist/dietitian and athletic trainer can be a valuable asset in helping a patient focus on weight loss in a healthy, controlled manner. The goal is to avoid crash dieting and any exercise routine than can lead to injury.
  5. Talk with your doctors: weight loss is a team approach! Your physician will be able to address pertinent medical history, such as diabetes, with medication and a podiatric physician will be able to address foot pain! The goal is to all work together to ensure that each individual patient maintains a healthy, happy, and pain-free lifestyle!
- Saylee Tulpule, DPM Dr. Tulpule practices in the Silver Spring/Fenton (301) 587-5666 and DC-Eye Street (202) 331-9727 locations. The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice.  You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose.  Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional.  The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice.  This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Doctor Tulpule and Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, related to any products offered for sale on this web site.  Doctor Tulpule and Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC further expressly disclaims any product warranties of effectiveness or fitness for any particular purpose or use.  You are solely responsible for your use of, or reliance on, any products offered for sale herein, and any consequences arising out of such use or reliance.  In no event will Doctor Tulpule and Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC be liable for any damages resulting from use of or reliance on any such products, whether based on warranty, contract, tort or any other legal theory.   This Website, and the information contained herein, is provided to you as a service for use at your sole risk.   If you are feeling ill, please call your primary care physician, or other healthcare provider.  In the case of an emergency, please go to the nearest hospital.

Hagerstown Podiatry Practices Merges with Mid-Atlantic Supergroup

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA) is proud to announce that it will be adding four doctors and two locations on January 1, 2016, bringing its total number of doctors to 37 and total number of locations to 24. Todd Harrison, DPM, Mark Roemer, DPM, Betsy Rosenthal, DPM, and Gregory Smith, DPM, of Podiatry Associates of Hagerstown, bring more than 20 years of experience to the group. Drs. Harrison, Roemer, Rosenthal and Smith practice in the Hagerstown office, located on the Meritus Medical Campus, and Dr. Harrison also practices at a separate location in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Todd Harrison received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1985. He completed his residency at Maryland Podiatric Residency Program, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1986. Dr. Todd Harrison is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and a member of the following organizations: the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Alumni Association of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is an active surgical staff member of the Meritus Medical Center, Robinwood Surgery Center, and Fulton County Hospital. Dr. Mark Roemer received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine 1995. Dr. Roemer completed his residency at the Residency Department of Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Roemer received a commendation for outstanding service from the Veterans Administration. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and a member of the following organizations: the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association, and the American Podiatric Medical Association. He is an active surgical staff member of the Meritus Medical Center and Robinwood Surgery Center. Dr. Roemer served as Chief Sub-Department of Podiatric Surgery at the Meritus Medical Center from 2007-2013.  He also volunteers at local community clinics and gives monthly lectures to diabetics. Dr. Betsy Rosenthal received her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine 1990. Dr. Rosenthal is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons. She is a member of the following organizations: the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association, and the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Rosenthal is an active surgical staff member of Meritus Medical Center, Chambersburg Hospital, and Robinwood Surgery Center. She also served as a member of the Staff Chief Subdepartment of Podiatric Surgery at the Meritus Medical Center from 1998-2000. Dr. Gregory Smith received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine 1982. He completed his residency in the Podiatric Surgical Residency Program, Memphis, TN, in 1983. Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and a member of the following organizations: the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association, the American Association of Podiatric Practice Management, and the American Podiatric Medical Association. He is an active surgical staff member of the Meritus Medical Center and Robinwood Surgery Center. Dr. Smith has served as Chief Sub-Department of Podiatric Surgery at the Meritus Medical Center from 2014 to present.  

Dr. Firestone Receives Volunteer Service Award

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC (FASMA) podiatrist Dr. Lee E. Firestone has been named the 2015 recipient of the Ken Caputo Volunteer Service Award, presented by Just Tryan It, a non-profit organization supporting families fighting childhood cancer. The award was created in honor of Ken Caputo, an enthusiastic and well-loved volunteer and organizer of the annual JTI Triathalon. The award is presented to a volunteer that embodies Ken’s qualities. From the Just Tryan It Facebook page: “[Lee’s] enthusiasm was infectious. He made each kid feel like a winner as he tirelessly ran side-by-side with many runners encouraging them to do their best. Congratulations Lee!”

David J. Freedman, DPM, Hosts Podiatric Residency Seminar

David J. Freedman, DPM, FASPS, CPC, CPMA, of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC, hosts Baltimore students at company headquarters

On November 3, 2015, Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC ("FASMA") podiatrist David J. Freedman, DPM (Silver Spring Divisions) invited Baltimore VA Medical Center residents to the FASMA company headquarters in Rockville, Maryland for an opportunity to learn about podiatric practice aspects. The 11 residents, visiting students, third-year Dr. Michael Egersten, and their residency director, Dr. Rick Adams, arranged to have Dr. Freedman provide a general overview of podiatric medical documentation requirements, modifier use, proper CPT code selection, and proper HCPCS code selection. This is the second time in the past year that the students desired to come to the company headquarters to learn aspects of podiatric practice that are not available during their residency. During their visit, students were provided a tour of FASMA's headquarters, which includes the administrative offices, full service billing department, and full service physician pathology laboratory. Dr. Freedman, certified coding specialist (CPC) and certified professional medical auditor (CPMA), expressed to the participants that the world of medicine is changing, and it dictates better success with a group practice. As one of the nation’s largest podiatric group practices, FASMA provides the opportunities to be successful, given the ever-encompassing governmental requirements that are being thrown at practitioners.