AllFoot 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. 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. 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. 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. "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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Physical Therapy/Stretching Exercises: a regimented therapy program can help maintain flexibility and strength in the inflamed or painful area.
- 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.
- 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!
David J. Freedman, DPM, FASPS, CPC, CPMA, of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC, hosts Baltimore students at company headquartersOn 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.