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Insurance Card Updates – Presented by our own Sarah Mueller

There have been some slight changes when it comes to the use of insurance cards, so we want to update you right away! Acting as our guide is Sarah Mueller. Sarah is a Quad City native who has been a terrific part of our office for three years now. She loves what she does, so she has been kind enough to explain these recent developments.

Medicare and many other providers have updated their insurance cards to make them more secure for patients. Because of this change, we are asking all of our patients to bring in their updated insurance card, as well as their most recent list of medications with dosages to their appointments. This allows us to bring you the best care possible, seamlessly and easily. We are not alone in this update, many medical offices across the country are participating in this new practice.

Sarah reassures us that if you don’t have your new card or an updated list on hand, they are easy to organize! For a new card, simply contact your insurance provider or employer if your insurance is through them, and ask them. Some patients will have received them already and some might still be waiting for them to arrive, so your provider will be able to tell you where you are in this process. For a recent list of medications with dosages, you can contact your primary care physician, or in some cases your pharmacy, and they can provide you with that information. Do not worry if you forget your medication list at your next appointment, in most cases we are able to call your physician and acquire it that way, but this takes more time.

Don’t worry about billing! All of the same documentation will be used as before, and by providing your new card, we can ensure you will see no lapses in coverage, billing or care. Our goal in this update is to continue to provide you with top-tier foot care and pain treatment in the most secure way possible. By bringing your new insurance card and up-to-date medication list, you are helping us ensure we are giving you the most effective course of treatment and putting the spring back in your step as quickly as possible! Of course, if you ever have any questions, feel free to drop by the office or give us a call at (309) 762-7919.

Laser MLS Therapy

Dr. Smith and Dr. Buckrop use MLS Laser Therapy as an innovative treatment to successfully reduce pain and inflammation – 90% of patients experience significant and quick improvements of their symptoms after only three to four sessions.

MLS stands for Multiwave Locked System, which means two different kinds of lasers are locked onto the affected area on the foot simultaneously. The lasers’ energy increases blood circulation, cell growth, and helps damaged tissue heal. MLS Laser Therapy has the following benefits:

  • Pain- free
  • Session takes less than 10 minutes
  • Positive effects often emerge already within 24 hours
  • Acute conditions might only require one session
  • No negative side effects during or after the application
  • Can be used to treat chronic conditions
  • Non-invasive

This FDA approved therapy can be used to treat the following foot problems:

  • Swelling
  • Neuropathy
  • Tissue injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Vascular conditions
  • Muscle Soreness

Dr. Kevin Smith DPM has become the first podiatrist in the Quad-Cities to offer MLS Laser Therapy to his patients, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment in order to find out whether Laser Therapy will work for you! In the meantime, learn more about this method of treatment here.

Welcome, Dr. Brian D. Buckrop!

Please help us welcome Dr. Buckrop to the team! He is working with Dr. Smith hand in hand to serve patients under the same roof.

You might have heard about his father, Dr. Mark Buckrop, who has been serving the Quad Cities as a podiatrist for 40 years. Brian D. Buckrop, DPM continues his legacy and has been treating Quad Citizens for over 35 years now, both in his private practice and as staff at Unity Point Health at the Moline and East Moline campuses.

Dr. Buckrop is a graduate from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and is a Board Certified Foot Surgery specialist licensed to practice in both Illinois and Iowa. He is also a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and American Podiatric Medical Association. Some of his specialty areas include:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • In-Office Surgery
  • Hospital Surgery
  • Custom Orthotics

Brian and his wife Susan live in Moline and have 2 children. They spend their free time together listening to music, walking, doing yard work, boating and traveling.

What can orthotics do for me?

Foot orthotics are insoles for your feet that are typically associated with people who need arch assistance; yet there are many others who can benefit. The properties within orthotics, either over-the-counter or custom made, have the purpose of ensuring the bones in your feet and ankles are generally positioned correctly. Benefits differ among different people, because individual amounts of walking, pace and stamina are not identical.

People who suffer from foot, knee and back pain are encouraged to wear orthotics regardless of your degree of pain, because it can relieve your suffering. They can also lower muscular fatigue and promote more efficient muscle performance.

Athletes may seek orthotics, because it can help increase endurance, strength and your performance. Overweight individuals can relieve the stress weight puts on the ligaments in their feet. Individuals who have diabetes or arthritis can enhance their mobility and reduce strain on parts of their body.

Ask your podiatrist whether orthotics can make you feel more comfortable, at ease and balanced one step at a time.

Find out more at http://www.bpm.ca.gov/forms_pubs/orthotics_brochure.shtml

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Don’t put off foot problems. Early detection of issues is important.

Putting off problems that could potentially be harmful for us in the long-term is irresponsible. This especially applies to issues that become worse over time and can in many cases be prevented by early treatment.

Seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis to check on the status of your feet is recommended. Individuals with diabetes are especially advised to monitor their feet as glucose in your blood from diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor blood flow, which can lead to serious foot problems. Calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, bunions, plantar warts, hammertoes, dry skin, and fungal infections might lead to severe infections and pain, thus impeding your ability to walk over time.

For more information please visit: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/prevent-diabetes-problems/Pages/keep-feet-healthy.aspx

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