Alan L. Bass, DPM, CPC
Central Jersey Foot and Ankle Care, PC
Improving Patient Outcomes with Plantar Fasciitis
In a perfect world, as a board-certified podiatrist, I feel that every patient who experiences a foot or ankle issue should be seen by a podiatrist. More times than not, patients who experience a foot health issue will first think to have this evaluated by their family or general practitioner. It is only then that patients are referred to podiatrists when one of two things occur; either the suggestion or treatment by the PCP does not provide the intended results, or the problem is too complex. Either way, I always like to work closely with all the PCPs in my area to make sure we work synergistically to provide the best outcomes for mutual patients.
For many years I was treated by a PCP right across the street from my office. He also referred many patients to my practice. I would regularly speak with this PCP about our mutual patients and what I was doing to treat them. This PCP would often send me patients with one of the most common biomechanical issues that I treat in my practice: plantar fasciitis. At the time, he would refer these patients to me because he never had a protocol for treating the condition. Until I took the time to work with him on how to treat the underlying biomechanical issue and include the use of a good, quality prefabricated orthotic such as PowerStep ProTech, he was unaware of what he could do to treat his patients directly.
Something I always look to are patient outcomes. Nowadays, patients are not only referred to you by PCPs and the insurance companies, but other patients, patients who have had good results. When it comes to plantar fasciitis, patients, like most people, want immediate relief. Being able to provide patients with a device such as the Powerstep ProTech orthotic that provides immediate biomechanical control is vital to having a good patient experience and outcome within 2 weeks. While patients may ultimately need a podiatry referral, I like having the opportunity to provide my patients with a high-quality, prefabricated orthotic that will provide the necessary, immediate biomechanical control that they need, for a great value at just $50.
I like to make sure that all my local PCPs and internal medicine doctors understand that I want what is best for their patients. Whether they refer these patients to my practice for treatment or decide to expand their own treatment protocol by including the Powerstep Protech orthotic, they are ultimately doing what is best for the patient.
The PowerStep device is comfortable, can be adjusted with padding as needed, and it is not surprising that they are the #1 prescribed prefabricated orthotic in podiatry.
If you consider expanding your plantar fasciitis protocols to include the Powerstep ProTech device for your patients, it will improve patient outcomes and make for much happier patients.
See more expert advice from Dr. Bass and read his article about insurance coverage for orthotics.
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