... In seeking treatment for and OCD of the talus I was specifically warned against using a podiatric surgeon. When I started asking around as to why, I was told that podiatrists are not medical doctors. Their training and knowledge is not nearly as extensive as a MD doctor or MD surgeon.
Also, I do not believe all podiatrists are all certified surgeons. My favorite podiatrist... (21 replies)
... Hello, this is my first post after having read some threads about bunion surgery here. I'm 36 and have had a bunion problem on my left foot for years, but this past summer, after some intense hiking and when I found I couldn't wear running shoes without some pain, I decided now was the time for surgery. I was given two options, the more common Austin (go straight to boot) or... (2 replies)
... Yes, don't do it unless you are restricted in activities because of pain from the bunion/hammertoes. I got to the point where I felt like I wanted to go through the surgery because of pain. The surgeon told me point blank that I didn't NEED it because it is not a life-threatening condition, but my deformity is serious enough that surgery is definitely a good choice. She let me... (6 replies)
... years ago due to my bunion pain, it was not huge but was pressing on a nerve under my foot, therefor the pain was intense when it happened. I checked into many options and tried them all. After seeing my foot doc for a year, I decided to go ahead while I am younger and still want to be more active. ... (41 replies)
... I knew that the fusion was forever. Their will be no options after that is done. That made me really nervous. ... (21 replies)
... Agree, fusion is the last resort and sounds like you have more options here before you go there. ... (21 replies)
... Well I went for my second opinion. It was interesting. It was the morning of those terrible tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and Georgia.
I had pretty much so convinced myself that the second doc would say the same as the first. I couldn't have been more wrong. Following an thorough exam, review of the records I took and review of the x-rays, he told me that he knew... (21 replies)
... Hey there...after reading your post i noticed you have received handicapped parking permit. Is this the same as a disabled parking permit. I think this would really help me as I have to travel all over London for the work I do. Would you be able to tell me how you went about getting the permit. Many Thanks (64 replies)
... ill increase now that my toes are straight. I hope not as I was a size 10 before! I will be excited to go sandal shopping next summer...I should have many more options than before! Oh and I received my handicapped parking permit in the mail today....it doesn't expire until November 2015! ... (64 replies)
... Honestly, if they'll only give you 30 minutes in an appointment, I would continue to shop around for a doctor you felt comfortable with and who would give you enough time to discuss your condition and options.
I saw two doctors, the first one rushed me through my appointment without any explanation of why my feet had bunions and then told me awful things like I may never... (2 replies)
... You're more than welcome. I took Lyrica for a few years - it didn't do much for me but I have major pain in both legs up to hips. But what REALLY has helped me is Cymbalta - it was developed as an anti-depressant, but they found it helped diabetic's with nerve pain. Many nerve meds started out as anti-depressants but were found, off-label, to help nerve pain. Lyrica is... (6 replies)
... I think the main things to ask are:
1) What is the exact cause of MY condition?
2) Exactly what are the options?
3) Which do you prefer to do and WHY?
4) Draw me a diagram of exactly what you propose.
5) What is the long term outcome of doing nothing?
6) What is the recovery period for your preferred procedure?
7) How many times have you done this particular procedure? (2 replies)
... My doctor told me the 2 options he was considering for me, and told me what each surgery entailed. I had Lapidus. You should call your doctor's office and ask. ... (6 replies)
... hey... not really a question but a rant. Finally had my fourth bunionectomy today! ... (2 replies)
... e surgery on for the same problem. I decided against the implant due to the potential problems. The majority of Dr's I consulted for this recommeded the Keller Bunionectomy where they remove a portion of the joint in your big toe. Cheilectomy wasn't going to do enough for me as I had no cartiledge left in part of the joint. ... (12 replies)
... What you said about the empathetic doctor is so important. My regular ortho referred me to the foot and ankle specialist and I was prepared to not like him or trust him. My regular ortho had been my doctor for 20 years following a car accident and I was not excited about starting a new "relationship". On my very first visit the first thing I noticed was he had the kindest... (90 replies)
... aving very few problems. On occasion I have had a bit of stiffness in the joint that is quickly taken care of with just a bit of massage. 3 weeks after the first bunionectomy I had my opposite foot done and have had no problems with that one at all. ... (90 replies)
... I must find out more! I need a lapidus on both feet as 3 surgeons opinions concurr. However I would really like to find a doc in WA state / near Seattle, who uses this external fixation method to allow earlier weight bearing. Please send me the name of your doctor if possible, so that I can write and ask them for a referral to someone in my area. Thank you. (12 replies)
... No..no options. She just keeps saying to give it time. Oh, yes, I'm still doing the rolling pin. Although I've gone to using the rounded end of a marker cap as the only spot left is small and the cap gives a more specific pressure.
I don't agree with her about the bone thinning. First, she has seen me several times prior to this past appoitnment where she looked at the... (29 replies)
... Also, if there is a difference between the amount you have to pay and the amount insurance decides is 'customary and reasonable', then you have two options and I did them at the same time. ... (7 replies)