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High Profit Procedures for Podiatrists

Many podiatrists face the challenge of maximizing their revenue while delivering exceptional patient care. In Dr. Don Pelto's Podiatry Practice Mastery channel, he explores ways to 10X Your Podiatry Practice. This program dives into high-profit procedures to help podiatrists unlock the secrets to skyrocketing revenue and transform their practice.

Today’s article sheds light on two procedures with the potential to boost your podiatry practice: shockwave therapy and diagnostic ultrasound. We’ll explore Dr. Pelto's recommendations for successful implementation.

Shockwave Therapy: A Strategic Investment

Dr. Pelto highlights shockwave therapy as his favorite tool for treating chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. 

While the initial machine investment can be significant, Dr. Pelto's experience suggests a strong return. Here's a breakdown of his key strategies:

  • Build Your Confidence in Shockwave Therapy: To build your confidence in shockwave therapy, consider practicing on staff members and patients. Seeing positive results firsthand will reinforce your belief in the treatment's effectiveness. 

  • Introductory Phase with Reduced Rates: Advertising shockwave therapy at a lower price point initially allows you to gain experience and refine your technique. This not only benefits patients but also builds confidence in the treatment for the podiatrist.

  • Package Deals for Patient Adherence: Considering package deals for shockwave therapy sessions. It can incentivize patients to complete the recommended treatment, ensures optimal results, and promotes long-term patient satisfaction.

Diagnostic Ultrasound: Enhancing Diagnosis and Treatment

Although not super profitable on its own, Dr. Pelto has had great success with diagnostic ultrasound as another driver of profitability. 

Ultrasound's ability to visualize soft tissues in real-time offers several advantages:

  • Patient Education and Trust-Building: By visualizing the affected area, podiatrists can show patients the evidence of their condition, such as inflammation or tears. This transparency fosters trust and encourages patients to adhere to treatment recommendations.

  • Improved Diagnostic Accuracy: Ultrasound provides a clear picture of underlying issues, allowing for more targeted treatment plans and potentially faster healing times.

  • Reduced Reliance on MRIs: Ultrasound can often provide the necessary information, eliminating the need for MRIs in many cases. This translates to cost savings for the practice and potentially faster turnaround times for patients.

Key Takeaways for Podiatrists

Dr. Pelto's experience offers a few valuable tips for incorporating these procedures. Here are some key takeaways for podiatrists looking to implement these strategies:

Block Scheduling for Efficiency: Blocking off a certain time during the week dedicated for shockwave therapy or ultrasounds can streamline the process and allow podiatrists to see more patients efficiently. 


Become Very Familiar with the Procedures:  Effective podiatric shockwave therapy requires thorough training on the device's settings for podiatrists and staff. This is similar to ultrasound, where proficiency comes with practice and learning the anatomy of ultrasound scans.


Value-Based Pricing: As expertise and comfort with shockwave therapy and ultrasounds increase, gradually raise the price. This reflects the growing value proposition for patients – a more targeted and potentially faster path to healing.



By strategically integrating shockwave therapy and ultrasound into your practice, you can improve patient care, enhance treatment effectiveness, and unlock new avenues for growth and profitability. 

Dr. Don Pelto's insights offer a valuable starting point for podiatrists looking to optimize their practice's success. He is currently offering memberships to his Podiatry Mastery Academy to help podiatrists learn how to build a million dollar practice by working smarter, not harder!

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