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Are the numbers cutting into your salary?

Posted by Pauline on 7/14/02 at 13:46 (089636)

I found the following information on a web site.

'The Board of Podiatric Medicine is part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The Board licenses more than 1,700 Doctors of Podiatric Medicine in California'.

This speaks only to the number of licensed Podiatrist in California. If you all up the total number of D.P.M.'s nationwide this must be a fairly large number.

The Podiatry Schools seem to be turning out Podiatrist faster than they can even provide residency programs for all their graduates. Who's watching the store, and if continued will this process begin to bite into the salaries of established doctors forcing them to add additional services into their practices to augment their salaries.

Re: Are the numbers cutting into your salary?

Dr. David S. Wander on 7/14/02 at 18:59 (089642)

There are approximately 12-14,000 podiatrists in the USA. For the past few years the graduating classes have actually been getting smaller, and according to studies, there is a need for more podiatrists due to the aging population. I don't think that doctors are staying up at night thinking of new ways to make money, because a new doctor opened up down the street. In podiatry and all specialties there are new technologies that develop. Sometimes these new procedures are over-utilized and sometimes these procedures eventually disappear due to poor results. The ophthamologists developed radical keratotomy procedures with some excellent and some poor results. Now LASIK surgery has been popular for a few years with very good results. Podiatry has had several 'fads' over the years that quickly faded. When EPF (endoscopic plantar fasciotomy) was introduced by Dr. Barrett, it was over utilized by many surgeons. EPF is an excellent procedure that has stood the test of time, though there are other excellent ways to surgically release the plantar fascia. ESWT has been used for years in orthopedics in Europe and by orthopedists and podiatrists in the USA. This is not a fad or gimmick and is an excellent alternative for many patients with chronic heel pain and other conditions. ESWT is in it's infancy and should only keep getting better with new technology developing.

Re: Are the numbers cutting into your salary?

Dr. David S. Wander on 7/14/02 at 18:59 (089642)

There are approximately 12-14,000 podiatrists in the USA. For the past few years the graduating classes have actually been getting smaller, and according to studies, there is a need for more podiatrists due to the aging population. I don't think that doctors are staying up at night thinking of new ways to make money, because a new doctor opened up down the street. In podiatry and all specialties there are new technologies that develop. Sometimes these new procedures are over-utilized and sometimes these procedures eventually disappear due to poor results. The ophthamologists developed radical keratotomy procedures with some excellent and some poor results. Now LASIK surgery has been popular for a few years with very good results. Podiatry has had several 'fads' over the years that quickly faded. When EPF (endoscopic plantar fasciotomy) was introduced by Dr. Barrett, it was over utilized by many surgeons. EPF is an excellent procedure that has stood the test of time, though there are other excellent ways to surgically release the plantar fascia. ESWT has been used for years in orthopedics in Europe and by orthopedists and podiatrists in the USA. This is not a fad or gimmick and is an excellent alternative for many patients with chronic heel pain and other conditions. ESWT is in it's infancy and should only keep getting better with new technology developing.