PAIN AND PODIATRY ONLINE PROFILE
COMPLETE FAMILY CARE: Both doctors are well experienced in the management
of common foot and ankle problems that affect each member of
the family. Commonly treated foot and ankle problems would include
the following: Nail or skin excrescencies such as ingrown nails,
fungus nails, warts, corns and callouses and dry skin. Musculoskeletal
problems such as infant tripping, flat or high arched feet or
in-toeing, joint pain, joint misalignments, plantar fasciitis,
bunion deformities, hammer toes, and osteoarthritis. Traumatic
injuries from sports such as ankle sprains, toe crushing injuries,
dislocations, muscle strains, bursitis and tendonitis. And Endocrine
problems such as gout or foot complications from diabetes. As
with all conditions, non-surgical medical treatment is preferred
but when surgery is required, both Podiatrists are board certified
by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. When surgery is required,
both foot surgeons have a lot of experience and place emphasis
on achieving the most pain free experience for the patient with
the most cosmetic and functional result.
DIABETIC FOOT CARE: Both Doctors have received advanced
training in managing foot complications related to diabetes.
While residents at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San
Francisco, the doctors were involved in a special multi-specialty
team for diabetic patients with limb threatening leg or foot
wounds. Since this experience, the doctors have gained considerable
experience in managing and curing diabetic ulcers and related
diabetic complications while in practice. For a guideline concerning
foot care for the diabetic, link to the American Diabetes Association
in the Information Center. The Doctors also participate in the
Medicare Diabetic Shoe program. For patients, this provides an
easy access to protective shoes and insoles that are paid for
by Medicare for those Diabetic patients who meet established
Medicare guidelines. In many cases, PPO insurances also cover
diabetic shoes and the office would be happy to verify if your
insurance has diabetic shoes as a benefit.
CARE: Woman do have special foot needs
due to the unique shape and design of a woman's foot. When a
woman has a foot or ankle problem, both of the doctors tailor
the medical care being provided with the specific cosmetic and
functional considerations for a woman. In addition to treatment
considerations, the office has been designed with the woman in
mind in maintaining a clean office and having tasteful decorations
and comfortable furniture.
SPORTS MEDICINE AND
Mark Reed was an All-American collegiate water polo player and
understands the unique issues of treating athletes. Dr. Melanie
Reed was a Triathlon participant for a number of years and also
understands the unique requirements of treating athletes. In
addition, for more than ten years, both doctors have been involved
with providing medical consultation and intervention for the
Esperanza High School Football Team whenever a foot or ankle
injury has occurred. Furthermore, both doctors have helped many
aspiring athletes both young and old to achieve their athletic
objectives in overcoming a sport related injury. Treatment plans
are tailored to each sport and the timetable required for rehabilitation
for optimal athletic performance.
ACCIDENTS / TRAUMA: Both doctors are experienced in managing foot
and ankle injuries. Either at the Emergency Room or after being
evaluated at the Emergency Room, both doctors are experienced
in providing follow-up care for a foot or ankle injury. In many
cases, emergency foot and ankle problems can be treated at the
doctor's office. Emergency office visits are given priority in
arranging for an appointment.
WORKER'S COMPENSATION: Dr. Mark Reed is a certified
Qualified Medical Examiner and has treated many patients with
work related injuries and understands the worker's compensation
system. If it has been longer than 30 days since your injury
at work and you are not happy with your treating doctor, you
are entitled under California law to switch to another treating
doctor. In seeking treatment for your work-related injury, Dr.
Reed's office will take care of all of the required billing and
HMO SECOND OPINION
to the many limits placed on being an HMO patient, over the years
the doctors have provided numerous HMO second opinion consultations.
After the second opinion consultation is over, the doctor will
send a report and call the HMO doctor if the medical problem
requires prompt treatment. Because an outside specialist is providing
a second opinion to the HMO doctor, usually proper medical treatment
will then be provided by the HMO if this treatment has been delayed
or is still pending review.
SECOND SURGICAL OPINION
If you are thinking about surgery but need a second opinion from
a experienced doctor, both doctors are equally qualified to provide
a surgical second opinion. During the course of obtaining a second
surgical opinion, you will receive a thorough history and physical
examination as well as the doctor will explain what is the medical
problem and what can be done to correct it from a surgical standpoint.
The second surgical opinion will be truly an independent opinion
and not just a rubber stamp of the original surgeon's recommendations.
Typically, one hour is spent with the doctor for a second opinion