Franklin Kase loves feet, and has stepped into a pivotal role in his
The podiatrist -- who has offices in Burbank and Glendale and is
chief of podiatric surgery at Glendale Memorial Hospital -- recently
was elected president of the California Podiatric Medical Assn.
“I’m humbled and honored,” he said.
Podiatry is the practice of treating foot and ankle injuries. But
for Kase, 26 years in the field have meant much more.
He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, consulted with and
treated college athletes and runners, and consulted for sporting
events. Kase is a six-time marathon runner -- five in Los Angeles and
once in New York. The running exemplifies Kase’s interest in treating
feet, because feet, athletics and health go together, he said.
“I believe podiatrists hold the key to preventing diseases such as
diabetes and osteoporosis from becoming as severe and chronic as they
do become,” he said, adding that surgery and foot treatment allow
people to exercise.
For Kase, podiatry was a natural fit.
“It seemed like a great interrelationship of medicine surgery,
engineering and providing a valuable health service,” he said, adding
that sports medicine was a pivotal interest for him.
But his interest in the business has gone beyond sports to
promoting podiatry through more political channels.
Kase has been a member of the state Podiatric Medical Assn. for 26
years. During that time, he was a major player in changing the way
insurance companies treat podiatrists in California.
“Up until the early 1990s, there were discriminatory policies
toward anyone providing health care but medical doctors and doctors
of osteopathy,” he said.
Kase tried to educate insurance companies that podiatrists -- who
complete four years of medical school and one to four years of
residency -- play an important role in health care and are on par
with other physicians.
Kase said his goals while representing about 1,000 podiatrists
across the state are to inform the public about the importance of
doctors of podiatry.
He seemed confident as he repeated what he called his motto:
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but if you don’t try, you
are doomed,” he said.