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Message Number 261847
surgery or not View Thread
Posted by VB on 11/09/09 at 16:15

OK If you read my last post than this is in regards to it I change my mine OK TTS is a nerve problem and from what I have read on this one site.Than no one should have surgery on their feet for any problem go back and read all posts.by TOM,DOTTIE,MARY C,CK,JANANN,JOSH,BSL,DEB,SUE,VB,AND then you wonder why I feel this way.Thanks VB

Result number: 1

Message Number 261846

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by myelverton on 11/09/09 at 15:48

I certainly will. I feel so much more prepared to discuss everything with the orthopedist thanks to your comments. Thanks so much. My plan is to set an appointment hopefully soon after my followup visit with my podiatrist on Thursday. I'll be back when I can.

Result number: 2

Message Number 261845

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by VB on 11/09/09 at 15:38

OK saying that you and Laurie is right a person's overall physical health is always an integral consideration a persons DR should know everything about their patients health mine did and she did the surgery on me and I DID trust her and what did she do only half the surgery.We need to face it not all DR's out there care enough to really tried to help.They are just out for the money and as far as Attorneys go been there and done that and I got told because my surgery had been so long(under 5 years)that it would be a long drawed out case and expensive.Well how was I to know she did not do the whole surgery and why did I not go to another DR sooner well because I trusted her I thought she did all she could to help me I went back to another DR back in july 09 because my feet had at this point gotten so bad and me on a sit down job that I was miserable and then I find out she only done half the surgery. lets face it no matter what some of us gets the shaft.And I am sorry but I am going by what I have read on this site sence early august and there is a whole lot more people who has had failed surgerys than not.And some has more than one failed surgery.I am begining to think that surgery for TTS should not be a option the odds are against it.Well that is my opinion ok I know how some feels about my opinions but I am just going by what I read on this site and another one that I have found and its pretty well the same over and over SURGERY DID NOT WORK AND ON SOME IT ONLY MADE IT WORSE.VB

Result number: 3

Message Number 261844

Chronic heel pain View Thread
Posted by Chris on 11/09/09 at 15:36

Ive been fighting heel pain for several years in both feet and just getting worse

which path should i take, my Heel pain(in both feet) is from PF, nerve entrapment or arthrittis.
Im pretty confident it's not gonna be PF which i thought for along time it was

I've done almost all things for PF including a walking boot on one foot for 4 weeks and was no better then other foot not in cast so this makes myself and orthopeadic surgeon think not PF.

I had blood work done and tested positive for HLA B27 so now maybe arthrittis, but maybe not too no way to test for that. SO currently my Rheumatologist gave me 4 different anti- flammatorys to try, still trying them to find one that helps.

I think in the meen time might go for a nerve test to rule that out ortho wanted to wait but why. I had ultrasound done but thats no help i guess never had MRI and there not calling for one yet just wondering maybe i should have that too?

thanks for any commits or suggestions

Chris

Result number: 4

Message Number 261843

Ft Hood: many warning signs, political correctness cost lives View Thread
Posted by Max K on 11/09/09 at 15:17

There were many warnings, which his collegues knew about, but were afraid to report. Now a bunch of soldiers are dead because of it. The problem with major Hasan is not PTSD, and he didn't just 'snap', and he's no coward. He is an Islamic supremacist, and he acted in a normal, traditional and respectable way for an adherent of that ideology. It's just that Islamic supremacists are the enemy of the United States. I think it is now necessary to make some kind of change, to make it easier to report any signs of suspected Islamic supremacist beliefs in the other 15 thousand Muslims serving in the US military. Any Muslim who, like major Hasan, identifies as Muslim first and American second, should be removed from military service.

Result number: 5

Message Number 261842

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by MG374 on 11/09/09 at 15:08

I also have this problem. Funny thing is that when I am busy I don't notice it. When at rest it is very annoying. Have had this on and of for about 5 years.

I do have peripheral neuropathy and accredited it to that. I do have numbness in my feet.

itch creams don't do anything. I have read about possibility of a fungal infection so I will use some anti-fungal cream to see if it makes a difference.

good luck all. This is annoying, but rather common, it seems.

-mg

Result number: 6

Message Number 261841

Nuclear Power and Global Cooling View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/09/09 at 14:31

Today France is the most energy independent nation in Europe because of the enormous number of nuclear power plants they have and continue to build. The U.S. is currently building nuclear power plants in China which has created thousands of jobs for the equipment being made in the U.S. that go into these plants. We have 4 plants under construction in our nation which are due to come on line in 2016. There are now ways, which are being used in France, to use the spent nuclear rods and not have to store them in states that do not want them. The U.S. gets only 5% of its required power from such things as wind, solar, etc and it is unlikely we will not in many decades ever be able to stop using oil and gas. It is expected that in 10 years we will need 20% more energy than in use today. We do not need the small number of green people stop the production of gas or the drilling of oil or use of clean burning coal facilities. In the immediate future our energy needs are falling. Our oil and natural gas storage facilities are full and our oil refineries are only operating at about 85% of capacity. We have recently made some very large gas discoveries and oil. We are as close to becoming energy independent as we have ever been if we do not let the government mess everything up with new emission laws or other regulations. We should be building nuclear plants at all possible haste, Creates jobs and energy. The third world is not going to cut back on emissions and when you are hungry and make only a few hundred dollars a month rising waters are not that high on your priority list. They want to survive today. For three consecutive years the worlds average temperature has fallen.

Concerning global warming a compiled list of the most respected authorities agree that over the past year the earth has cooled between 0.65C--0.75C--a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming over the past 100 years.
This is the fastest temperature change either up or down ever recorded. Many of the scientist attribute this drop in temperature to a drop in solar activity which they claim is the largest driver in climate change and not greenhouse gasses. This does not mean that carbon dioxide is not acting to increase temperature but that now more powerful forces are now cooling it.

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Result number: 7

Message Number 261840

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 11/09/09 at 13:57

Margaret I misread your post. Irregardless at this point an orthopedic evaluation is warranted.

The standing pain could be equinus due to a tight Achilles/Gastrocnemius complex and you could have mild osteoarthritis that is painful on weight-bearing. The added force from a tight GSAT complex will exacerbate metatarsal pain.

Your pain as you know does not have to be from one specific problem could be a complex of symptoms. I would surmise that there is more than one issue at work here.

Please let us know what the ortho says.

Result number: 8

Message Number 261839

Re: Perception is reality & applying for disability is not a sin View Thread
Posted by VB on 11/09/09 at 11:40

Hi DEB well the ER DR did say something about rheumatoid arthritis also the ER did blood work to be sure it was not blood clogs and it was negative after that I went back because of face and neck swollen and they said it was my ear but then my arms started swelling mainly my arm pits I thought it was my lymph nodes from the infection in my ear and the antibiotics was not strong enough so went back to DR and they did ultra sound to see if I had yet again blood clogs and this was both arm pits told the DR that the ER had done blood work and it was negative but he wanted the ultra sound done anyway so I did and it was negative.so they put me on a stronger antibiotic and I am surpose to go back tomorrow to besure that the antibiotic is working and I think they are somewhat I not sure what it is anymore because the pain in and under my arms is about the same as my arm was when I went to ER the first time.I don't know what is going on with me.I don't know much about a rheumatologist are they just for arthritis.and also I sure know about the excruciating pain you are talking about my feet burnt and hurt so bad yesterday and they also had sharp pains going through them and I did nothing yesterday just set and watch TV that's all I guess I did to much saturday and was paying for it yesterday.Well reading all the posts I have on this site having the surgerys might help but it come's back so I would have had surgery last week if the DR would agree to but he would not and now I am glad because it sounds like to me that there is a no win when it come's to TTS and I don't mean to discourage anyone that reads these posts but I have been reading these posts since early august and there are just to many that have had the surgery and it did not work like me and some like you have had more than one surgery and it never work or it came back so why bother.I don't think I will ever have surgery on my feet again because I could not take the change of surgery making mine worser than they already are it is already about more than I can handle day in and day out not much to look forward to right.One thing I can say it that from reading these posts and talking to you and others alot are on stronger meds than me.What cause's our immune system to attacks our body and is there a name for it.Thanks for writing and I wish you a pain free day also.VB

Result number: 9

Message Number 261838

Re: Illegals and health care loop hole View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/09/09 at 11:27

Rick as I know you understand that the healthcare plan that passed the House by a big margin of 3 votes will look radically different when it comes out of the Senate. Sure is not going to happen this year. Polosi could not have been more happy as one of the House Leaders pronounced her as one of the greatest House Leaders 'Ever'. Perhaps they should erect at statue fo her. I do not think there will be a public option coming out of the Senate and there will be other serious changes to lower the 1.2 trillion dollar House passed bill. To many Democrats in the Senate will oppose this bill in its current fashion and in particular its cost. The current unemployment rate which is still climbing and the national deficit has voters angry and politicians in the Senate are smart enough to see the writing on the wall.

Result number: 10

Message Number 261837

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/09/09 at 10:40

Glad to hear all is well.

Result number: 11

Message Number 261836

Recommendation in DC area? View Thread
Posted by Steve on 11/09/09 at 09:51

I am looking for a recommendation for a doctor who does ESWT in the DC area. Since insurance does not cover, I am told this will be less expensive in the Maryland suburbs, where the procedure can be done in-office. I have had ESWT on the other foot, and it was a success. My podiatrist in Virginia can do it, but it will be very expensive.

Have fastidiously taken all the conservative steps for a long period of time now, and they have not worked. So looking to do this well but also affordably.

Result number: 12

Message Number 261835

Bone Marrow Edema in my left foot View Thread
Posted by terryt on 11/09/09 at 09:37

About 3 years ago while sitting at work, I felt my left foot get tight in my shoe. I went to my podiatrist and had numerous x-rays taken week after week, then an MRI. The x-ray showed no break and the MRI showed bone marrow edema. I was given all the normal remedies to use such as steroid shots and icing and the prognosis that it would probably go away in about six months. Needless to say, while it is not the enormous foot I originally had, it is still swollen enough that I have a hard time with shoes that fit both my feet. It has been almost 3 years now. I had also gone to see an Orthopaedic doc who shrugged his shoulders and in our area we have a new center called the Rothman Institute which handles all types or ortho problems and after test he just shook his head and said I would just have to put up with it. Any suggestions or ideas?

Result number: 13

Message Number 261834

powerstep pro sizes View Thread
Posted by Ann G. on 11/09/09 at 07:27

Hi! Does anyone know how the sizes work on the powerstep pro 3/4 length inserts? My dr gave me size A after insisting I was a size 7 or 7 1/2 even though I am a size 6. The inserts really hurt when I tried them unlike others that were more comfortable then not using a insert. I am wondering if he gave me the size for 7-7 1/2. Any ideas? Thanks - Ann

Result number: 14

Message Number 261833

Re: cost of powerstep pro inserts View Thread
Posted by Ann G. on 11/09/09 at 07:22

Does anyone know how the sized work on the Powerstep ProTech 3/4 Pro? I was given a size A by a dr who kept insisting my shoe size was 7 or 7 1/2 even though it is 6 and had a lot of pain when I wore them. I am wondering if he gave me the size for 7-7 1/2 and that's why they hurt. Any ideas? Thanks for your help - Ann

Result number: 15

Message Number 261832

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by myelverton on 11/09/09 at 06:55

Hi Dr. Wedemeyer. I must clarify that it's standing that bothers me much more than walking. I can do a great amount of walking, sometimes I'll feel pain after a while, other times I dont. But standing still almost always brings on the pain, sometimes in as little time as 10 minutes. Does this set off any light bulbs for you?

I was on my feet a lot over the weekend, and I tried to pay particular attention to what I was feeling. I can distinguish discomfort that feels like it's joint pain, which is undoubtedly the arthritis. But there's definitely an additional discomfort in the balls of my feet that feels like it's a tissue thing - A swelling, tingling, inflammation type feeling. This same feeling will often occur if I get out of bed in the middle of the night and walk (in shoes, by the way) only to the bathroom and back to bed. After a few minutes, this feeling will appear. Elevating them helps alleviate it, and ice definitely helps (yes, it's been bad enough at times to get me out of bed to go ice my feet). Last night it passed on its own after 15 minutes or so.

And yes, I'm looking forward now to finding out what an orthopedist can uncover. I'm most looking forward to hopefully getting rid of this craziness.

Result number: 16

Message Number 261831

still shoe searching in Miami View Thread
Posted by kathrynr on 11/09/09 at 06:51


Hello,
Still hoping that Jeremy's posting to my query from Thursday (11/5) can be recovered. I'm sure it was invaluable and I could benefit from either his advice or gentle scolding. I found myself trying on about a dozen shoes this weekend, like Adidas Adizero, Saucony grid cohesion, Ryka, Brooks ghost and trance. These were better than the others but the footbed of the discontinued Avia 5020 was best. Even being too narrow, it still was better, though a little too hard in the forefoot. My experience has been that a wide will be too wide in Avia and the medium is too narrow to settle for. Compared to the ease of SAS Freetime that allowed me a brisk easy pace, all these shoes take the joy out of walking. I guess that's my new reality now that I need something more in the metatarsal area. Although too hard, the catilever design of the Avia took the pressure off the first metatarsal adequately, however. Any further advice, Jeremy? As you can see, I was even willing to settle for a white shoe just to start my exercise walking routine up again before my blood pressure slips from normal after all my gains with it. Part of my secret to lowering my blood pressure was a black shoe i could wear walking all the time. Any follow-up to my original posting would be a lifesaver, or least a shopping saver. Thanks so much.

Result number: 17

Message Number 261830

Re: good soccer turf shoes View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/09/09 at 06:31

In my opinion, the absolute best 'turf' soccer boot, without all the fancy 'bells and whistles' is the Adidas Team Mundial Turf. It's the shoe I wear for turf and hard ground (winter) and the boot I most often recommend.

It has the highest quality uppper (kangaroo skin/leather) which is the best fit and comfort and is a great product.

Result number: 18

Message Number 261829

Re: Haglund's Deformity View Thread
Posted by MIKE B on 11/08/09 at 21:43

HAD THE SURGERY IN 2001, AFTER SUFFERING FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS. ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT IS THAT I HAD MINE PERFORMED BY A PODIATRIST (NOT AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON) WHO KNEW HIS STUFF. I RETURNED TO RUNNING APPROXIMATELY FIVE MONTHS LATER, AND STILL RUN PAIN FREE TO THIS DAY. QUITE HONESTLY IT'S MAJOR SURGERY. YOUR ACHILLES TENDON IS ACTUALLY DETACHED FROM YOUR HEEL BONE AND THEN REATTACHED USING MYTEK ANCHORS (STAINLESS STEEL). I HAD READ THE SAME THINGS THAT YOU HAD READ ABOUT THE LOW CHANCE OF SUCCESS FROM THE SURGERY AND THE CHANCE OF REOCCURANCE, BUT I STAND HERE TODAY STILL RUNNING ROAD RACES AT AGE FIFTY FOUR. THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE YOU IS TO SEEK OUT A VERY COMPETENT PODIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A GIFTED SURGEON. I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST OF LUCK!

Result number: 19

Message Number 261828

good soccer turf shoes View Thread
Posted by Nathan W on 11/08/09 at 13:26

Hi,
I play pickup soccer (football) on rough, hard-packed clay grounds in India. We (my buddies and I) suffer many sprained ankles from using studs (even HG studs) on this type of ground. I also developed (self diagnosed) plantar fasciitis which I attribute to playing with hard studs on hard ground. I became interested in turf shoes for their padding and slightly wider heel base. I bought a pair of Lottos in Singapore which worked pretty well. However I found that the sole was very soft, resulting in problems like 'turf-toe.' When those wore out, I bought a pair of Puma Esito trainers. These have a much stiffer sole, and I love them. However Puma seems to have changed the tread design on the new ones, putting the main heel studs inside the outer edge of the sole - which can result in more twisted ankles.
Right now I am in the United States and am looking for a pair of turf shoes as backup for my Esitos. As you have stated, there are not many turf shoes found in shoe stores. The ones that I have found (Nike, Addidas, Mizuno) all have soft soles which give no support for a hard strike, and lend themselves to 'turf-toe'. I have found many other models online, but am unable to tell if they have stiffer or softer soles.
Bottom line: I am looking for a pair of stiffer soled, turf soccer shoes with tread that can take a beating. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
Nathan

Result number: 20

Message Number 261827

Re: Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/08/09 at 12:43

As I stated in response to your other post, my inclination is to give the person who evaluated and fit you the benefit of the doubt. In my opinion the 993 matches with the description your doctor provided.

Result number: 21

Message Number 261826

Re: eneslow shoes Dr. Wander, Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/08/09 at 12:39

I don't have concerns over either of those shoes. The 993 is actually a neutral shoe with some modest stability characteristics. Because of the high level of training their staffers receive, I would err on the side of their expertise and recommendations.

Result number: 22

Message Number 261825

Re: Betula Birkenstock View Thread
Posted by Isadora on 11/08/09 at 12:26

:) The reason you find no difference is that Betula's ARE Birkenstock's My former dancing feet are now pretty much crippled and the only thing I can wear are Birkenstocks out of the house and Betulas around the house and the garden. The other reason they are so terrific (aside from the comfort) is that I can go gardening the simply scrub the shoes and they are as good as new. LOVE IT. In fact, so much better than barefoot.

Result number: 23

Message Number 261824

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 11/08/09 at 11:38

Laurie a person's overall physical health is always an integral consideration in determining if any treatment or surgery will be beneficial. In my experience it is also key in a patient's response and recovery and common sense would tell you that this is especially true with surgery.

Result number: 24

Message Number 261823

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 11/08/09 at 11:34

Maragret you don't have a typical presentation of intermittent claudication but then typical does not always apply. Any doctor trained in orthopedic evaluation can rule this out. I just feel that after all of your conservative treatments, 3 podiatrists, ESWT and your description of the problem that it is time to involve an orthopedist.

What intrigues me is that walking disturbs you more than standing (denoting exertional onset) and that stretching your hamstrings brings relief. We can discuss this until we are blue in the face but since we cannot evaluate in real time it is all conjecture.

Result number: 25

Message Number 261822

Re: tarsal tunnel post op View Thread
Posted by Laruie C. on 11/08/09 at 11:05

I was post op for a week in a Jones compressive dressing and 3 weeks non-weightbearing.

Result number: 26

Message Number 261821

Jeremy View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/08/09 at 10:00

What is the difference between a motion control and stability sneaker? I am 13 weeks post op modified kinder. I got new orthotics last week. The podiatrist said to get a good stability sneaker. When I went to the store, they put me in New Balance 993. I see that this is rated as a neutral stability sneaker. Is this sneaker appropriate with an orthotic (controls pronation) or could it result in over correction?

Result number: 27

Message Number 261820

Re: eneslow shoes Dr. Wander, Jeremy View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/08/09 at 08:46

That is definitely something I was wondering. When I went online to look at specifications they were rated as stability not motion control. I am curious about jeremys input also

Result number: 28

Message Number 261819

Re: eneslow shoes Dr. Wander, Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/08/09 at 07:38

This is absolutely Jeremy's expertise, not mine, but my concern may be the NB 993 'motion control' competing with the orthoses. Sometimes a motion control shoe combined with an orthoses can cause 'too much' control and cause problems. I'm not sure if you plan on running, but I'd also like to hear Jeremy's input on this issue.

Result number: 29

Message Number 261818

the pain... View Thread
Posted by Janann on 11/08/09 at 00:34

i was diagnosed 3 years ago with this crap. Had surgery in 2007 on left foot, doing ok then out of the blue 3 weeks ago BOTH of my feet start going numb--my toes especially. sharp pains in the toes, like I am being jabbed by some foreign object. Horrible pain. My feet also feel like they are frostbitten--always hold, but they like burn. My friend has diabetic neuropathy and she has these similiar symptoms...is this that or is this my TTS??? my legs would even hurt. It got so bad i was put on Neurotin and darvocet til i could see my podiatrist. this is very very painful even with the meds at times...please help this girl feel better. thanks..

Result number: 30

Message Number 261817

Re: eneslow shoes Dr. Wander, Jeremy View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/07/09 at 20:04

I went to Eneslow. They definitely had a large selection. The sales person ended up putting me in the New Balance 993 for my sneaker and Munro Venture for my shoe. They seemed comfortable in the store with my new orthotics, but I plan to wear them around the house a bit. Have you seen either of these shoes? What is your impression?

Result number: 31

Message Number 261816

Re: tarsal tunnel post op View Thread
Posted by Deb on 11/07/09 at 20:02

Can someone tell me if they were placed in a cast post op or a boot or just a small dressing? Were crutches necessary and if so for how long? Thanks for the info.....

Result number: 32

Message Number 261815

Re: Perception is reality & applying for disability is not a sin View Thread
Posted by Deb on 11/07/09 at 19:48

OMG I just read your post...and I have the same thing going on...I have had carpal tunnel repair in both arms, ulnar nerve transposition in both elbows and now have a case of tarsel tunnel in my left foot that is causing me SEVERE pain....I have crohns and rheumatoid arthritis...and I will say that I was approved for SSDI 6 weeks after my first application. I will also say that the pain in my foot is EXCRUCIATING....I have had 2 foot surgeries on my right foot...I had a mortons neuroma (another nerve problem) and the removal of my 2nd PIP joint.
I wonder if you should see a rheumatologist. I have autoimmune problems where my immune system attacks my body. I feel for you....and wish you a pain free day
Deb RN

Result number: 33

Message Number 261814

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by myelverton on 11/07/09 at 17:39

One more quick question. Is claudication likely to be discovered by an orthopedist, or do I need to consider some other kind of specialist for that? Thanks!

Result number: 34

Message Number 261813

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by myelverton on 11/07/09 at 17:30

Thanks for your thoughts. I'll pursue the orthopedic route and we'll see what comes of it.

My feet are feeling inflamed now (in the balls) as I've been on them a lot today, but I don't feel any heel pain. Nonetheless, I tried your test of slumping etc. and didn't feel any difference. I'll repeat it if I can get the heel pain to flare up, but I'm happy to say I rarely feel anything in my heels anymore.

I'll be back with an update when I have one.

Thanks again!

Result number: 35

Message Number 261812

Re: calcified Achilles tendon View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 11/07/09 at 16:16

I agree with Dr. Wander. You doctor is best able to address your specific surgery. I would recommend and offer to you ESWT for classic insertional Achilles tendinosis. There is really no down time without any invasive cutting of the tendon. You should be able to find information on this site and or the web site, if not I would happy to answer any of your questions about this procedure

Result number: 36

Message Number 261811

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Laurie C. on 11/07/09 at 14:57

Dr. W,

I appreciate your comment re: the 'patient's inherent physical health and capacity to heal'. Perhaps that is a major factor in the success and/or failure of TTS surgery in some of the patient responses on this board. I have noted that some of the persons with more problematic results post-op also have other diagnoses.

Result number: 37

Message Number 261810

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 11/07/09 at 12:12

Tom while I am sympathetic to your plight and complaints I truly feel that you are entirely incorrect in many of your assumptions about physicians. I also believe that what you believe and put out there is what you get in return.

Case in point is a woman who recently was referred to my office with horrible low back and leg pain. She was clearly unable to pay my fees so I had her sign a Financial Hardship Agreement and offered my care at a fraction of my regular fees. After examining her and viewing her films I did not feel that I could help her and she was referred to an orthopedic spinal specialist who does take Medi-Cal.

She underwent multiple fusions to remove the pressure on her spinal nerves and her leg pain (radiculopathy) is now almost completely gone. She has a long recovery ahead of her but she phoned the other day to thank me and spoke very highly of her surgeon's skills (although she disparaged his bedside manner).

Had this surgery gone very wrong and her surgeon performed the same surgery in the same manner and she was left disabled or facing future surgeries he would then be vilified as a charlatan and probably sued for malpractice. In my state I can assure you that there are a large number of malpractice attorneys who would take her case on contingency.

The point is that not every surgery or treatment of the same type has precisely the same outcome. Dr. Wander has expressed his own reservations about the numbers quoted by you and he has the knowledge and experience to certainly know what is reality regarding TTS release. Often problems and complications arise simply due to that patient's inherent physical health and capacity to heal. Studies have been performed where a patient's belief in their doctor played a large role in the outcome of their treatment. Be positive.

No doctor truly heals you, the body heals itself and often assistance needs guidance are necessary from a professional. The point is every doctor out there passes boards and exams that confirm their fitness to at least perform at the very minimum standard in their field. When they do not there are courts (and arbitration) to determine when a physician is negligent and damages are awarded should you prevail.

If you truly feel that your doctors have been negligent (and that is your right) then by all means find an attorney and proceed but I find it difficult to believe that in your case the doctors were negligent (without knowing all of the facts) if no attorney will touch your case. You also have to be pragmatic about your own assumptions, correct?

Unfortunately there are many items that state assisted and Federal disability plans simply will not cover. My suggestion is to keep trying and get the doctor to write a script for the orthoses so that at least you have that in hand. Then become familiar with podiatrists, pedorthists and orthotists in your area who have a level of skill and experience that makes you confident in their abilities to dispense your devices. I would then explain to them your situation and see if they are willing to try and help with your financial situation in mind.

Good luck and please, be positive.

Result number: 38

Message Number 261809

Re: calcified Achilles tendon View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/07/09 at 11:38

There are multiple ways to approach this problem, and it also depends on the amount of damage to your tendon and the tightness of your tendon. It depends on whether your tendon needs lengthening, whether your tendon needs to be detached and reattached, whether your tendon needs reinforcement,etc.

Therefore all your questions should be directed to your surgeon since he knows your case much better that anyone else.

Result number: 39

Message Number 261808

Re: Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 11/07/09 at 11:31

Although your MRI's and other studies are all negative thus far I still feel that a piece of this puzzle is missing. I again looked at your threads and one in particular caught my interest:

'In fact, there have been a couple of times when I stood after a long period of sitting, felt renewed pain under my heel, immediately bent over and stretched my hamstrings, and upon standing back up had instantaneous relief of the heel pain.'

and

'I've noticed great improvement with physical therapy that has focused on stretching, strengthening, TENS, and ice.'

I do think there is something mechanical/neurological afoot here. You should have intermittent claudication ruled out. I have always thought that your lumbar spine should be examined in detail.

I have a suggestion for you and a test. Walk until the pain that you describe is felt then immediately sit down and slump forward resting your elbows on your thighs. If the pain is relieved immediately then you should see an othopedic spinal specialist. Either way I think a full and exhaustive orthopedic exaluation is long overdue.

You may simply be one of those people with chronic foot and heel pain but the onset of pain and timing with weight-bearing and activity deserve further investigation for a more proximal cause of your symptoms. Again let us know the results and good luck.

Result number: 40

Message Number 261807

calcified Achilles tendon View Thread
Posted by nelsonm on 11/07/09 at 10:49

I have arches that are pathologically too high and have spurs growing upward into my Achilles tendons on both feet. I found out about this condition when I began experiencing pain in my left heel. I was about 52 years old; I am now 66. Several doctors encouraged me not to get surgery. I have had arch supports since that first episode.
This past year, I began having the same problem with my right heel. New arch supports haven't helped much. I cannot wear regular shoes, relying mostly on an old pair of Reboks. The xrays show a spike of a spur extending up into the insertions of both tendons. Now my podiatrist says surgery is indicated for the right heel, and that the tendon (I assume it is the same on the left foot) has calcified. He has not explained the surgery, only saying that I will need to be off that foot for 6-8 weeks. No problem as I am retired.
I would like to know exactly what is done to the tendon in this surgery. I have read the posting referring to a cadaver tendon. How successful in general is this surgery? Will I be free of pain and able to wear normal shoes?

Result number: 41

Message Number 261806

Re: Has anyone ever used Pediflex Brand Slippers? View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/07/09 at 06:55

We use Haflinger in our offices. The boiled wool uppers allow them to be tolerant for everyone, and make it a four-season product. The footbed is well-contoured and improves weight bearing balance even for many of our older patients. Best of all, some of their felt construction is amazingly stretchable. They can be seen at www.haflinger-usa.com

Result number: 42

Message Number 261805

Re: Wedding Shoe - Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/07/09 at 06:52

Being a shoe snob should be the case for everyone, foot problems or not. Although if everyone were more discriminating, me and the other pros here would have less business.

Result number: 43

Message Number 261804

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Tom on 11/07/09 at 02:23

'Although as a doctor, I certainly am not quick to condone patients suing for malpractice'

I respect you a great deal for the help you have provided people on this forum but I must say this sounds a little unsettling. As a human being you should condone what is right and what brings suffering people compensation from someone who has done something wrong.

Doctors and many people in the medical community get away with murder (literally) and countless other horrible crimes that rarely see the light of a fair hearing in court or anywhere else. For those of us on government disability and especially those from impoverished communities this is more true than ever. Most doctors have malpractice insurance and wonderful attorneys. And good attorneys charge a great deal for their time so that most malpractice cases, justified or not, do not provide enough to cover attorneys costs.

That is the reason why attorneys do not touch 'small' malpractice cases such as my own. They mostly try cases where the malpractice is so grave, so black and white, that the attorneys fees will be easily covered.

We live in a society that heavily divides the rich and poor, in and out of the court room, with and without attorneys. If you think that this does not play a central role in malpractice suits you are suffering from a very selective view of reality.

Result number: 44

Message Number 261803

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Tom on 11/07/09 at 02:13

'Although as a doctor, I certainly am not quick to condone patients suing for malpractice'

I respect you a great deal for the help you have provided people on this forum but I must say this sounds a little unsettling. As a human being you should condone what is right and what brings suffering people compensation from someone who has done something wrong.

Doctors and many people in the medical community get away with murder (literally) and countless other horrible crimes that rarely see the light of a fair hearing in court or anywhere else. For those of us on government disability and especially those from impoverished communities this is more true than ever. Most doctors have malpractice insurance and wonderful attorneys. And good attorneys charge a great deal for their time so that most malpractice cases, justified or not, do not provide enough to cover attorneys costs.

That is the reason why attorneys do not touch 'small' malpractice cases such as my own. They mostly try cases where the malpractice is so grave, so black and white, that the attorneys fees will be easily covered.

We live in a society that heavily divides the rich and poor, in and out of the court room, with and without attorneys. If you think that this does not play a central role in malpractice suits you are suffering from a very selective view of reality.

Result number: 45

Message Number 261802

Re: Wedding Shoe - Jeremy View Thread
Posted by 903 on 11/06/09 at 22:59

Thanks for the input....I went with the Beautifeel as I liked the look best. (The Helle Comfort was cute but the color I liked wasn't avail in my size). I was able to get the Beautifeel on sale for $140 (reg $220). I wish they were ivory (as is my dress) but it's pretty difficult even finding a white shoe so I'll take what I can get. They'll hardly be seen anyway! They feel pretty nice but I think they'll need a little breaking in as suggested. The strap at the bottom is a little snug. The leather is super soft though so I have to imagine they'll stretch a bit. The length is right so I know I have the right size. Overall, they seem like really quality shoes, especially for a women's dress shoe. PF has really made me a shoe snob!! :o) I can't wear cheap junk anymore, not even for a little while.

Result number: 46

Message Number 261801

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/06/09 at 22:18

It's been coined both ways. Thanks for the correction! My modern day compass would dare to include all faiths and moral principles.

Result number: 47

Message Number 261800

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/06/09 at 22:02

I didn't say Christian beliefs......the word was principals and they are universal to all religions. Those principals are our moral compass. It is what it is.

Result number: 48

Message Number 261799

Re: eneslow shoes View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/06/09 at 20:34

Iplan to go tomorrow. I will let you know about my experience

Result number: 49

Message Number 261798

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/06/09 at 19:45

Too sinister, not to sinister. Shees - typing too fast!

Result number: 50

Message Number 261797

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/06/09 at 19:44

Very well Rick - mama is at 26 weeks (and got her h1n1 shot today). Both baby's mom and my son are sick with colds (but no fever...so we don't think it's anything to sinister).

Result number: 51

Message Number 261796

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/06/09 at 19:43

Glad you enjoyed it. Yes - we are proud of our National Igloo.

:)

Result number: 52

Message Number 261795

Re: eneslow shoes View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/06/09 at 19:32

Agreed. If you have the opportunity to visit Eneslowe's, it's worth the effort.

Result number: 53

Message Number 261794

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/06/09 at 17:58

Allie,
That was EXACTLY my point. It wasn't only the 'Christian' values. Thank you.

Result number: 54

Message Number 261793

Re: eneslow shoes View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/06/09 at 17:56

Sushi BUFFET?????? Sushi has got to be made fresh, in front of my eyes or I won't even CONSIDER eating it! The thought of sushi 'sitting' on a buffet gives me the creeps.

Eneslow has an excellent reputation.

Result number: 55

Message Number 261792

eneslow shoes View Thread
Posted by Stacy on 11/06/09 at 16:40

I want to get a pair of sneakers and shoes that will compliment my new orthotics, foot type, gait and post surgical foot. I am unimpressed by foot solutions. Have you had any experience with Eneslow shoe store in NYC. I want to make sure it is worth the two hour drive to the shoe store. Then again, the sushi buffet near the store is a real plus.

Thanks for your feedback

Result number: 56

Message Number 261791

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/06/09 at 16:24

I truely understand where your thinking is but I stop short at canceling the programs I have paid for. When any program is implemented there will be fraud and I expect there to be laws and legal avenues to pursue those criminals. That too is what I pay for.

Result number: 57

Message Number 261790

Re: shoe search in Miami View Thread
Posted by kathrynr on 11/06/09 at 15:48


Dear Jeremy,

Terribly sorry if my ignorance of how to participate in a message board caused trouble in the thread/posting. I hope I will get your original reply. I'm at a deadend of what to do next. I went to one of our private specialty running stores here yesterday to return the Brooks addiction and the owner seemed like he had never heard a customer discuss 'pedorthist' and implied that he could substitute for one. All the rest of their inventory are running shoes which they said can be used for walking. I hope to see what you had to say originally. I'd like to give it one more shot in finding a shoe myself, this time ordering online, before I seek a pedorthist, orthotist or someone who makes custom made shoes. In any case, googling has not turned up a pedorthist here with an office. SAS sent me an experimental pair of inserts they're working on for the next season of shoes. It's an improvement, but the better arch support seems after a while to push down more on the ball of foot area, which though better, compresses after wearing. It sounds counterintuitive, but in many ways my SAS is still superior to many of the shoes I've tried; it just doesn't have enough of whatever it already had for me. I've tried expensive inserts from New Balance in them, which were definitely not the answer and really could not be accommodated. The fact that I've been a SAS freetimer may be an affront since I know from an old prior thread on here some disappointment with SAS. I did the best I knew to do at the time. In any case, thanks very much.

Result number: 58

Message Number 261789

Dr. Wedemeyer, my MRI results are in View Thread
Posted by myelverton on 11/06/09 at 15:09

Dr. Wedemeyer,

Here's the next chapter in my continuing foot saga. I had MRIs done on both feet, both with and without dye (I think I'm describing that right), several views of each. My doctor phoned yesterday with the following comments. He doesn't see any structural problems or tissue damage or soft tissue masses. There's evidence of mild PF in my left foot (the foot that bothers me most in the arch), none in the right foot (the foot that bothers me most in the ball). No, or very little, thickening of the fascia at the insertion point (so I guess that means the ESWT worked). He did see some 'mild' inflammation in the left foot. The big news is that he sees osteoarthritis in both feet, which he also referred to as 'mild.' He said he thinks there's something mechanical going on that makes my feet hurt, as my nerve tests didn't discover anything neurological. I have an appointment next Thursday to have my orthotics looked at, and I've also asked the he sit down with me and show me the MRIs and talk with me in more detail about what he sees.

I'd like to ask if you have any advice as to specific questions that I should ask him while I have him and the MRIs right there in front of me. Or any suggestions of next steps. I'm still open to seeing an orthopedist if that makes sense. I guess another question is, if it's likely that there is a mechanical problem, do you think an orthopedist would be more appropriate for my next plan of attack?

Thanks very much for your feedback,
Margaret

Result number: 59

Message Number 261788

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Max K on 11/06/09 at 14:32

Well Marie you are a taxpayer and productive citizen all your life, so yes, you paid into the system, so you're not a human leech (of which there are many).

When I said 'free money' I do understand how that money represents a portion of somebody else's life, namely that portion that he had to work to earn it. But the leeches (welfare-culture-heartfelt-life-members) choose not to see that.

Of course there are many example of where the social services that you mentioned are used as intended, but what is the ratio, what is the price to pay for that? Do we have to endure 50% fraud to get 50% 'used as intended'? I remember when I was a boy, I thought the criminal justice system would catch criminals and put bad people in jail. I didn't know that there is a high cost of doing that: huge inefficiencies, errors, procedures, and the fact that it is not a level playing field: it is at least 100 times easier for a criminal to commit a crime than it is for the criminal justice system to catch him and put him away. And sometimes the wrong people are jailed etc. All of this is an enormously high cost, but it is necessary. It's almost like: if you want to punish a thief who has stolen $1000, you have to spend ten times that amount to do it.

Result number: 60

Message Number 261787

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/06/09 at 14:15

This is hilarious! By the way, congrats onthe igloo ;)

Rick

Result number: 61

Message Number 261786

Re: H1N1 and the Calgary Flames View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/06/09 at 13:53

Wendy,

I was enraged when I saw this on our news. Showing clips of the Flames scoring on the Blackhawks, I'm outraged. But seriously, it is a bit of an elitist slap in the face for the pro athletes to leap frog pregnant women. Which reminds me, my next door neighbor is due with twins in January; she dressed as a football (American) for Haloween. What a hoot.

Rick

Result number: 62

Message Number 261785

Re: Illegals and health care loop hole View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/06/09 at 13:49

Suposedly page 96 section 202c prohibits the sale of private insurance by 2013. If true, via attrition, this is single payer government healthcare.

There's so much BS out there I'll try to remain objectice.

Rick

Result number: 63

Message Number 261784

Re: 7 States View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/06/09 at 13:03

I was kidding about our presidents slip indicating he had been to all 57 states. I do know my world geography just a tad better ;).

Rick

Result number: 64

Message Number 261783

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/06/09 at 13:00

Wendy,

How is your little one doing?

Result number: 65

Message Number 261782

Re: has anyone had APC injection ot autologous platelet injection? View Thread
Posted by Laurie C. on 11/06/09 at 12:32

I have had APC injections multiple times not due to PF issues into my joint, but have had them injected as any other injection - no meds needed to relax and done in the procedure room under xray.

Result number: 66

Message Number 261781

Re: has anyone had APC injection ot autologous platelet injection? View Thread
Posted by Carole on 11/06/09 at 11:48

I am sched to have APC injection (1st out of 2) to help with horrific PF pain. Dr. did PF surgery 7 mos ago but pain worse than B$ surgery. Dr. says APC inject should disolve any scar tissue & rebuild proper healing. I am going to 'day surgery ctr' - I'm told I will get something to relax me for injection. Is this injection painful and were you sedated in any way?

Result number: 67

Message Number 261780

Re: shoe search in Miami View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/06/09 at 10:53

Well I had made a full reply, but whatever changes were made to this board erased all my copy.

Scott, if at all possible, please revert back to the prior settings on this board.

Result number: 68

Message Number 261779

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Allie on 11/06/09 at 09:14

It was the Judeo-Christian values.

Result number: 69

Message Number 261778

Re: Illegals and health care loop hole View Thread
Posted by Allie on 11/06/09 at 09:14

And another from CNN:

http://d.yimg.com/kq/groups/17260182/1610997888/name/FTC-vi26.wmv

Result number: 70

Message Number 261777

Illegals and health care loop hole View Thread
Posted by Allie on 11/06/09 at 09:10

Knew it would happen.

http://www0.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/november-5-2009/house-rules-comm-caving-hispanic-caucus-illegals-allowed-healthcare-p?jid=282554&lid=9&rid=2633&tid=738518

Result number: 71

Message Number 261776

Re: lateral foot pain from inversion View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/06/09 at 06:48

Your personal doctor will have a much better idea of your condition than any of us here. Obviously, if your pain fails to subside, it's best to contact him/her. In the meantime, appropriate shoe selections can help.

1. Avoid shoes that twist too much in the middle. Think Keds, etc.

2. Absolutely avoid flip flops.

3. Stay away from shoes having too much heel pitch. The higher the heel relative to the forefoot, the more your heel will invert.

4. Additional heel cushioning may help, but is likely not critical.

5. A small wedge can be applied to the inside of the shoe, under the outside half of the heel. Please make sure you have an experienced professional install this, such as a credentialed pedorthist, orthotist, or podiatrist.

Result number: 72

Message Number 261775

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/06/09 at 05:51

Marie,

The foundation of this country was found on only 'Christian' beliefs or maybe some 'religious' beliefs. I wasn't aware that the 'Christians' had a monopoly on ethical and moral issues.

Result number: 73

Message Number 261774

Re: Our Library of Keywords View Thread
Posted by Muriel Mae D. on 11/06/09 at 01:17

I am looking for a 9 Slim SAS Softie in white. These shoes are wonderful. They are made at SAS Shoemakers at 101 New Laredo Highway, San Antonio, Texas 78211.

The last paragraph inside the shoebox is,'To all our friends, old and new, we say, 'Thank you. We couldn't have done it without you.'

I have looked all over the internet. I hope you know about this shoe. I am wearing a pair now, but they are wearing out. By the way, they are a slip-on, with tassels on the top of the shoe.

Muriel Mae Day
23825 - 15th Ave. S.E., #340
Bothell, WA 98021-8838

206-999-8009

Result number: 74

Message Number 261773

Idiopathic high intensity tinnitus/CRPS View Thread
Posted by Syrus F on 11/06/09 at 00:12

I think my CRPS was the result of taking Levaquin. My doctor wasn't too sure of the CRPS but he was sure it was tendinitis. Sent me to an orthopod that only does feet. Told me I had both tendinitis and CRPS. If one isn't painful enough, try two. To top this I also developed tinnitus. Was told by an old army Sgt that his tinnitus was cleared by a product being tested by a Major in the Medical Corps. Contacted the Major and received a few bottle of capsules. To make a long story short, my tinnitus cleared in three months and much to my surprise the pain in my feet has diminished - No, it has not gone away but I can walk without cringing. I'm not sure what the product is called it's something like spinoff or blastoff or buzoff. Sorry I don't have a label to check. Hope someone finds relief as I did.

Result number: 75

Message Number 261772

lateral foot pain from inversion View Thread
Posted by milliej on 11/05/09 at 19:46

Hi,
I fell down the stairs about 2 weeks ago. The cause of my fall was a slip and my foot inverted laterally (outwards) and i fell onto it before tumbling over.

I am now in extreme pain. Had xrays and nothing broken according to the dr. Have been given script after script for panedeine forte but no real solution to the pain.

The pain is on the lateral side of my right foot. The pain extends down sort of through my 4th tarsal (i think) and up into my ankle. But the most pain comes from just below my ankle (mid-foot) above 4th

Does anyone know what i have done? My dr seems to think its a sprain and will go away but im in so much pain and can barely walk on my foot. Just stopped using crutches but still painful to walk?? Please help me :)

Result number: 76

Message Number 261771

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/05/09 at 18:45

I think the Thunderbird is darn nice! :)

Result number: 77

Message Number 261770

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/05/09 at 18:42

Hi back, Max :),

It's not free money. I pay taxes and if I find myself out of work I want the services I have paid for. I want unemployment, social security, food stamps, utility bill assistance, health care etc. I also pay for public education and financial aid for higher education. I paid for it and I used it. Our nation benefits from well educated people. I choose to pay for all of these services so in the worse case scenario I have these resources that I paid for to fall back on. I understand your feelings that if people are enabled they will become dependent and eventually commit fraud. However, I pay for those benefits and I want them available. I don't have a problem assisting my neighbor if they are in need. I can bear that burden because the other choice is to become a third world nation. No thanks. This is the United States of America and like it or not it's foundation is based on Christian principals and we don't turn people into the streets to starve. So my choice is to see that fraud is a possibility in all parts of life and we as a nation should do our best to prevent fraud so that I and everyone else can receive the benefits we have already paid for. I choose to put criminals in jail before I choose to turn people out to starve.

Result number: 78

Message Number 261769

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/05/09 at 17:44

Tom,

One quick comment regarding being 'poor' and hiring an attorney for malpractice. Although as a doctor, I certainly am not quick to condone patients suing for malpractice, there are definitely times when it is justified.

However, being rich or poor has nothing to do with hiring an attorney for a malpractice case. Malpractice cases require attorneys to be hired via a contingency fee and not an hourly fee.

Therefore, 'hiring' an attorney to consider your case would cost you zero dollars. If an attorney believes your case has merit as a malpractice case, he/she will take the case on a percentage basis. If you win the case, the attorney collects a percentage of the settlement, if you lose, the attorney eats the entire cost.

Result number: 79

Message Number 261768

Re: question on recovery time View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/05/09 at 17:37

This is a question that should be directed to the surgeon that is performing your procedure(s).

Result number: 80

Message Number 261767

question on recovery time View Thread
Posted by fosterf on 11/05/09 at 16:01

Hi I am having a ganglion cyst removed from the side of my foot near the ankle (for the third time)by a podiatrist this time. It has also been recommended that I have the fifth toe on each foot corrected (hammertoes) My question is if I have all three procedures done, am very very careful to stay off my feet etc when can I expect to return to work? The main concern is that I am a waitress so will naturally be spending considerable time on my feet. I appreciate your assistance.

Result number: 81

Message Number 261766

Re: Has anyone tried Good Feet? View Thread
Posted by STEVE on 11/05/09 at 15:44

BAD IDEA! Don't do it! They give you USED supports when you go back in for the 'Lifetime Re-Fit'*** They don't tell you this but it is in their contract! I demanded new ones as I will not wear something somebody else had on their feet & you pay a fortune for these. They dont mention it on tv either!

I cant believe Ed Mccaffery would be a spokes person for this company with such a shady policy.

Result number: 82

Message Number 261765

Re: NEED HELP, i took off my cast after 8 weeks and i have brown on my foot View Thread
Posted by will on 11/05/09 at 13:08

he said it will be fine and suggested to get fungal powder. all he said about the weakness of my ankle is 'be careful', bad thing is, my ankle feels so weak i can barely stand up. any excercises to help with the weakness down there? should i soak it in hot water maybe?

Result number: 83

Message Number 261764

Re: im a lifeguard, with plantar fasciitis, need help choosing a shoe View Thread
Posted by will on 11/05/09 at 13:05

i have pretty flat feet and mild pronation.
its really hard finding a water shoe that does not bend in the middle though, i guess ill keep looking

Result number: 84

Message Number 261763

Re: please answer View Thread
Posted by JLO on 11/05/09 at 12:01

Thank you for at least giving me an idea of what to expect on the first visit. I have anxiety issues and it helps to know what I am getting into.

I do, in fact, have peroneal tendon subluxation. They took X rays, did an MRI, put a brace on it and I started PT this morning.

I go back in a few weeks for a follow up.

Again, thanks for easing my mind a bit.

Result number: 85

Message Number 261762

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Tom on 11/05/09 at 11:55

Thank you for the thorough reply Dr. DSW. The confusing part of the situation is I've had to go to 4 different doctors now about this, mostly because the previous 3 did not take the condition seriously (spent 5min with me usually each appointment and said it was an ankle sprain).

Only one of the doctor's recommended orthotics, and he did write me a prescription. But Medicaid just doesn't cover it and I told him I didn't have the money for it. He made a note of that in his records and offered no alternatives.

The unfortunate reality is that there are lots of things doctors request that are necessary for my treatment but are denied because of the horrible medicaid system. There are many medications I need for other conditions that I cannot get and most doctors don't want to be bothered with the TAR process so they make excuses, lie, change the diagnosis/recommendation, etc. My doctors wont even order physical therapy for me anymore for the same reason (one actually told me it was 'because of the budget')

It's sadly a very corrupt system with people that just don't care about people, but rather the money that is going into their pockets, especially in relation to the minimal work theyre asked to do. I've had at least two doctors grossly malpractice in my treatment so far but there is nothing I can do about it. They know you are poor, and thus, without money, you cannot get a lawyer or do anything else to pressure Medicaid or the medical board, hospital etc. The poor in this country are expendable as they are elsewhere. It's the sad reality of our times.

I borrowed some money yesterday that I'm going to use to buy the orthotics though, and hopefully this will help...but I'm not holding my breath since I cannot see *any* fancy shoe helping a nerve compression that is painful with all weight bearing....

Result number: 86

Message Number 261761

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by john H on 11/05/09 at 11:31

Is it not interesting that Ford was the only company not to take government money?

Result number: 87

Message Number 261760

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by john Holt on 11/05/09 at 11:31

Is it not interesting that Ford was the only company not to take government money?

Result number: 88

Message Number 261759

Re: Knot of Henry View Thread
Posted by Jeff A on 11/05/09 at 10:34

Here you will find a diagram depicting the Knot of Hentry:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://img.medscape.com/pi/emed/ckb/radiology/336139-385837-386322-386534.jpg&imgrefurl=http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/386322-overview&h=1700&w=1800&sz=509&tbnid=5Fa4Giz4pmXX0M:&tbnh=142&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dknot%2Bof%2Bhenry%2Bimages&hl=en&usg=__xBZjPcCKwWTfWtTkZ41obA5SfFk=&ei=y_3ySsW4BpPl8QbC_dTyAQ&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=2&ct=image&ved=0CAkQ9QEwAQ

Result number: 89

Message Number 261758

Re: Dr Goldstein/Metanx View Thread
Posted by kinard on 11/05/09 at 09:10

I had a heart attack last november and the Dr reccommends this for my neuropothy.....should I be concerned?...

Result number: 90

Message Number 261757

HELP FOR DAUGHTER'S FOOT View Thread
Posted by MOM OF K on 11/05/09 at 08:54

I brought my 21 year old daughter to the podiatrist yesterday with the c/o bunions on both feet, the right one worse. Her big toe has abducted to around a 33 degree angle(normal I was told is 18-22 degrees) I don't think he gave her particular problem a diagnostic name, but I can't remember; seems there was so much info all at once, didn't have time to process it all...The podiatrist suggested a proceedure called a Lapidus fusion, but stated that this will not correct her deformity, but will likely lesson the pain caused by the bunion protruding so far as to rub against shoes, etc. He said that a proceedure called Berman- Gartland would possibly be a better choice for her, but stated that he only performed the surgery in Philly on children, and not recently. He refered me to two other podiatrists here, on Long Island, NY, but he sounded skeptical as to whether they have ever performed this proceedure on an adult. I thought I might try an ortho with foot specialty(only one to choose from on LI, according to internet research.) Since she is in college and this surgery requires at least 6-8 weeks non weight bearing (no driving)I don't want to delay in finding the right course of treatment for her... HELP!!!???!!! Thanks.

Result number: 91

Message Number 261756

shoe search in Miami View Thread
Posted by kathrynr on 11/05/09 at 05:25

Note: the below was mistakenly posted to a thread from over a year ago, as Message Number 261755. I am reposting here since I've now caught on. I've never done a message board before. Apologies.



Dear Jeremy,
New to the site but the history of your thoughtful responses have encouraged me to write. I need to change to new shoes and would like your recommendations based on the below information. I have not been evaluated by any professional. I require a black shoe. I walk for exercise and really, everywhere I can, usually on pavement. I'm average height and weight, though have gained 10 pounds in recent months, as I approach 50, but my appearance remains slender.

1) Every few years the ball of my foot, particularly the right, gets aggravated, but with a few days of care, restore themselves to normal. Ten years ago, however, a flare up took me to a specialty walking store in Bay area and out of everything, SAS Freetime felt the best. I've repeatedly ordered this shoe for all my needs ever since (charcoal nubuck). I used to wear 8 narrow in SAS, but am now requiring a medium and sometimes an 8 1/2 or even a wide in other brands.

2) I waited too long to replace the last pair and thus was signaled to order because of ball-of-foot pain/pressure that built up.

3) While waiting for new pair to arrive, I began to have stiffness and discomfort upon first getting up in the morning in both balls of my feet, but dissipating after about 15 minutes. The new pair made little difference and thus I concluded that more was needed now that I'm almost 50. I've since been on a shoe search, letting go of my daily exercise walk but still doing my usual walking/standing lengthy errands. There has been abatement in the morning feeling and most of my remaining problem is in the right foot. Pain or discomfort has never required even a motrin, and there was even several weeks where the right foot, even under the first metatarsal felt okay starting out the day. But since, I couldn't yet find shoes here, it's easily aggravated.

4) I just did the wet foot test. Approximately 2 inches across the heel, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 across the arch area, and about 3 1/2 across the widest part of forefoot. I do not naturally have heel or any other pains. However, I have experienced unheard of (for me)irritations in my foot as I've tried different shoes the last couple of months. Here's what has NOT worked.

New Balance - none of the cheaper models. Neither the 993, 845 med or wide, or 927. The first 845 I tried was defective with too much cushioning under the metatarsals, which caused a sticking sensation and pain along lateral side of right foot about mid-way, which now can get irritated with the wrong shoe in addition to my metatarsals. A new 845 seemed like it would work. Left foot fine but right foot was flaring out to the right as I walked. Every pair did that! And it ended up pressuring the first metatarsal again. The 927 would have been great for standing still, but too much pressure under metatarsals of both feet even with the rocker sole when walking.

Brooks - The Addiction felt great at first. Held my arch. No pressure or pain under first metatarsal. But then my heel started to hurt, return of tenderness in lateral of right foot again, and though the right sesamoid felt great, the top part, to the big toe started to ache in the shoe! Also felt very laborious to really walk in them, almost like I was fighting the forefoot of the shoe, and even the arch support seemed to become trying in stride.

Asics - 2140 felt like a straightjacket; the Pulse felt great at first but then the cushioning just seemed like a glob and it was lacking some kind of needed shape. Kayana runner not enough cushioning.

Nike - Air Max+ 2009's cushioning not the answer, same with their airwalker, pegasus and a few others. Not sure what it is with Nike after they've been on my feet a while.

Saucony running shoes like Progrid - promising but confining and, in the end, too much pressure under right forefoot 1st metatarsal. No walking shoes available here to try on in Saucony.

Reebok DMX walking shoes - promising but something about the cushioning system interfered with my gait and still caused discomfort not to mention clunkiness.

Spira Volare II - promising in 8 to 8 1/2 medium, enough to consider ordering the Classic walker in black but no where to try it on here for sizing.

Return policies and my try-out routine have been such that I have only gotten stuck with some Merrell's encore. Inventories are very limited here in southern part of Miami because of the economy. Even specialty stores are not carrying walking shoes and pushing their running shoes for walking. Thus, I will likely have to order for delivery. I have been considering ordering the Spira Classic walker in black, particularly after reading your open attitude toward Spira. But decided to enter this message board, which is actually my first time on a message board so I hope I have not been too tedious with detail. I would be grateful for your impressions and any shoe recommendations.

Result number: 92

Message Number 261755

Re: Jeremy-help, need another pair of shoes! View Thread
Posted by kathrynr on 11/05/09 at 05:00


Dear Jeremy,
New to the site but the history of your thoughtful responses have encouraged me to write. I need to change to new shoes and would like your recommendations based on the below information. I have not been evaluated by any professional. I require a black shoe. I walk for exercise and really, everywhere I can, usually on pavement. I'm average height and weight, though have gained 10 pounds in recent months, as I approach 50, but my appearance remains slender.

1) Every few years the ball of my foot, particularly the right, gets aggravated, but with a few days of care, restore themselves to normal. Ten years ago, however, a flare up took me to a specialty walking store in Bay area and out of everything, SAS Freetime felt the best. I've repeatedly ordered this shoe for all my needs ever since (charcoal nubuck). I used to wear 8 narrow in SAS, but am now requiring a medium and sometimes an 8 1/2 or even a wide in other brands.

2) I waited too long to replace the last pair and thus was signaled to order because of ball-of-foot pain/pressure that built up.

3) While waiting for new pair to arrive, I began to have stiffness and discomfort upon first getting up in the morning in both balls of my feet, but dissipating after about 15 minutes. The new pair made little difference and thus I concluded that more was needed now that I'm almost 50. I've since been on a shoe search, letting go of my daily exercise walk but still doing my usual walking/standing lengthy errands. There has been abatement in the morning feeling and most of my remaining problem is in the right foot. Pain or discomfort has never required even a motrin, and there was even several weeks where the right foot, even under the first metatarsal felt okay starting out the day. But since, I couldn't yet find shoes here, it's easily aggravated.

4) I just did the wet foot test. Approximately 2 inches across the heel, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 across the arch area, and about 3 1/2 across the widest part of forefoot. I do not naturally have heel or any other pains. However, I have experienced unheard of (for me)irritations in my foot as I've tried different shoes the last couple of months. Here's what has NOT worked.

New Balance - none of the cheaper models. Neither the 993, 845 med or wide, or 927. The first 845 I tried was defective with too much cushioning under the metatarsals, which caused a sticking sensation and pain along lateral side of right foot about mid-way, which now can get irritated with the wrong shoe in addition to my metatarsals. A new 845 seemed like it would work. Left foot fine but right foot was flaring out to the right as I walked. Every pair did that! And it ended up pressuring the first metatarsal again. The 927 would have been great for standing still, but too much pressure under metatarsals of both feet even with the rocker sole when walking.

Brooks - The Addiction felt great at first. Held my arch. No pressure or pain under first metatarsal. But then my heel started to hurt, return of tenderness in lateral of right foot again, and though the right sesamoid felt great, the top part, to the big toe started to ache in the shoe! Also felt very laborious to really walk in them, almost like I was fighting the forefoot of the shoe, and even the arch support seemed to become trying in stride.

Asics - 2140 felt like a straightjacket; the Pulse felt great at first but then the cushioning just seemed like a glob and it was lacking some kind of needed shape. Kayana runner not enough cushioning.

Nike - Air Max+ 2009's cushioning not the answer, same with their airwalker, pegasus and a few others. Not sure what it is with Nike after they've been on my feet a while.

Saucony running shoes like Progrid - promising but confining and, in the end, too much pressure under right forefoot 1st metatarsal. No walking shoes available here to try on.

Reebok DMX walking shoes - promising but something about the cushioning system interfered with my gait and still caused discomfort not to mention clunkiness.

Spira Volare II - promising in 8 to 8 1/2 medium, enough to consider ordering the Classic walker in black but no where to try it on here for sizing.

Return policies and my try-out routine have been such that I have only gotten stuck with some Merrell's encore. Inventories are very limited here in southern part of Miami because of the economy. Even specialty stores are not carrying walking shoes and pushing their running shoes for walking. Thus, I will likely have to order for delivery. I have been considering ordering the Spira Classic walker in black, particularly after reading your open attitude toward Spira. But decided to enter this message board, which is actually my first time on a message board so I hope I have not been tedious with detail. I would be grateful for your impressions and any shoe recommendations.

Result number: 93

Message Number 261754

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 11/04/09 at 23:08

I have been thinking about our conversation. Its not my responsibility to buy Ford. Its Fords responsibility to make me a customer and tha is why Ford is number number in my book . They are trying !! I know you were joking but it just made me realize this again . So Lexus here I come

Result number: 94

Message Number 261753

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn1 on 11/04/09 at 20:16

Not sure that you'll find this nearly as amusing as we do..but here you go anyway:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEOmTYcb7PE

Result number: 95

Message Number 261752

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 11/04/09 at 19:53

Its then only I want !! Lexus here I come this week

Result number: 96

Message Number 261751

Re: Ortho-Rite View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/04/09 at 19:51

I've been telling you all along to be 'patient'. I know you were getting a little antsy and were even considering jumping ship. I had told you that everyone heals at a different rate, etc., etc., and that you had gone back to work and were on your surgical foot quite a bit.

Having performed Kidner's over many years, that's why I kept telling you to just be a little more patient. Your doctor appeared to be doing everything correctly, and I really didn't want to see you seek another opinion when it appeared everything was being done right, and that it would simply take time for your body to heal.

Now, don't be surprised if you continue to have some good days and some bad days. It may not happen, but if it does, it's NOT unusual and is part of the natural healing process.

Result number: 97

Message Number 261750

Re: Ortho-Rite View Thread
Posted by Stacy on 11/04/09 at 19:27

I did put a call into my doctor before posting here, but he was not going to be able to get back to me till much later in the day. I was at work and not sure whether or not to continue with the orthotics so I posted the question here. I did hear back and the doctor wanted me to continue breaking them in. I have grade 3-4 arthritis in both knees and my L-5 had ruptured 15 years ago. I guess he wants my body to have a chance to accomodate to the orthotics. I still couldn't believe how good my feet felt with the orthotics. The post op pain that had been plauging me in a major way the past few weeks was greatly improved with the orthotics.

Result number: 98

Message Number 261749

heel pain following blunt force trauma View Thread
Posted by cows on 11/04/09 at 18:38

Doctor suspects plantar fascitis, but I wonder that the diagnosis is too early based on the fact that the pain began after a hard landing on the sharp edge of concrete while wearing thin flip flops.
What is the best form of diagnostics to differentiate between plantar fascitis and a bruised bone or stress fracture? I am osteopenic and have been diagnosed with a stress fracture in the opposite foot. The injury was well over three months ago and home treatment is not sufficient to eliminate pain.

Result number: 99

Message Number 261748

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/04/09 at 18:22

Ford make a LOT of other models other than the Mustang!!!!

Result number: 100

Message Number 261747

Re: breaking in orthotics View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/04/09 at 18:20

see my answer to your same question you asked below

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Message Number 261746

Re: breaking in orthotics View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/04/09 at 18:19

see my answer to your same question below.

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Message Number 261745

Re: Ortho-Rite View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/04/09 at 18:18

Stacy,

You have got to start asking your doctor these questions as I've stated in the past. Although we all have our own opinion, your doctor may have specific criteria and reasons for his opinion.

I personally tell my patients to wear the orthoses to tolerance. If the orthoses feel good, I let them wear them as long as they want.

But I am NOT your doctor and should not be providing you with advice, especially since you are a post operative patient. Your doctor may have very strong reasons for his preferences, and you should respect his decisions and follow his advice on these matters, not mine and not Jeremy's.

Result number: 103

Message Number 261744

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/04/09 at 18:15

John - with all due respect (and no offense intended)...

Americans are mocked world wide for their lack of knowledge about other countries. Not just Canada.

We have had entire TV shows recorded that were dedicated just to poking fun of our southern neighbors ignorance. Do a youtube search one day for a 'This Hour has 22 minutes' segment called 'Talking to Americans'

Not nice, but true.

We get CNN, Fox news, ABC yada yada. All your news, all your TV programs etc. So, we are often more informed about American topics than our own.

Result number: 104

Message Number 261743

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/04/09 at 18:11

Sorry Rick - just read the post on your grandfetus. Good to hear all is well!

Result number: 105

Message Number 261742

7 States View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/04/09 at 18:10

Rick. Dude - 7 states?

10 provinces and 3 territories. In Canadian math - that adds up to 13.

We know lots about America because we learn about a lot of other countries in school (especially our main neighbors to the south) and we get all of your major channels and TV shows. Many Canadians are more familiar with American history, celebrities and issues than they are about those in their own country.

Yes, that's a problem.

If you ever get up this way again you'll have to let me know. We are trying to get back to the Chicago area - maybe next summer. But we'll see. It always ends up being such a busy vacation seeing family - but I love Chicago.

How is the grandfetus now? We are at about 26 weeks and all is well.

My son cracks me up though. At one point he tried to convince his girlfriend to put off an exam until April because 'she'll be home with a baby all day so she'll have loads more time to study.'

When I gave him that look he said, 'What? Newborns sleep all the time.'

I laughed so hard that I almost cried. Parenting is such a fun learning experience.

Result number: 106

Message Number 261741

H1N1 and the Calgary Flames View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/04/09 at 17:55

I thought you might find this article interesting.

Canadians tend to react VERY strongly if they feel someone has received preferential health treatment due to status or money rather than need. The public uproar over this has been quite strong.

http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=2184594

As Americans who don't have universal health care, and who (for the most part) believe that ability to pay should determine care - how would you respond to this same circumstance in your area?

Result number: 107

Message Number 261740

foot pain View Thread
Posted by Dennis B on 11/04/09 at 16:42

Can anyone advise what the area of the foot is called on the outside of the area about 2in below the little toe. I'm having quite a bit of pain there. Thks dennis

Result number: 108

Message Number 261739

foot pain View Thread
Posted by Dennis B on 11/04/09 at 16:41

Can anyone advise what the area of the foot is called on the outside of the area about 2in below the little toe. I'm having quite a bit of pain there. Thks dennis

Result number: 109

Message Number 261738

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 11/04/09 at 16:12

Denise has the mustang and we can't be twins

Result number: 110

Message Number 261737

breaking in orthotics View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/04/09 at 14:16

I have new orthotics. I wore them 2 hours around the house last night. I wore them to work today and brought my sneakers, planning switch out of the orthotics after 3 hours. I lost track of time and ended up wearing them 6 hours without pain. Should I still go through the break in period or just wear them?

Result number: 111

Message Number 261736

Re: Ruptured Plantar Plate - Surgeon options View Thread
Posted by Anonymous M on 11/04/09 at 14:05

Hi Mary O
I think you need to look further then Dr. Deland, my wife used him for a major foot and ankle surgery and she is almost crippled now. He is one of the most arrogant Doctors you will ever meet. He thinks every foot problem can be fixed with his one type of surgery.
Run don't walk away.
Good luck finding someone else

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Message Number 261735

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Max K on 11/04/09 at 13:47


Hi Marie: 'many Americans genuinely need a assistance from time to time.' First comes the incentive for fraud, then comes fraud itself, and after the fact come efforts to reduce fraud. The problem is, I think, how do you make assistance available without incentivizing fraud? This problem is different from simply establishing a qualification procedure, because once you start taking money from those who earn it and give it to those who don't earn it, a cultural change occurs in certain segments of society, an adaptation: many people start to become whatever they need to be in order to get that free money. It seems to me that in some people, this adaptation is so successful that there is in fact no fraud being committed, so it goes back to square one: how can we hand out free money without incentivizing such corruption / adaptation? I doubt that it's possible. If you hand out free money, you're going to create a disturbance in people's motivations, and eventually in their whole culture. It seems inescapable. By establishing a government program of free money and free services, or by repeatedly giving away something valuable for free, whether money, sex or anything else, you are influencing what the recipient does, what he believes, and how he acts.

Result number: 113

Message Number 261734

Re: Cryosurgery in the Atlanta Area View Thread
Posted by EECI on 11/04/09 at 12:48

There are no Cryo docs in Atlanta. The closest one is in TN: Dr. Larelyn Crear

Result number: 114

Message Number 261733

Re: cryosurgery for Morton's neuroma in Washington, D.C. area View Thread
Posted by EECI on 11/04/09 at 12:37

Dr. Robert Cohen or Dr. Christina Teimouri (Beaver Valley Foot Clinic)

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Message Number 261732

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/04/09 at 12:36

You mean Canada isn't simply the other 7 states? All kidding aside I agree how little we know of one another. I fell in love with Western Canada in the 70's. I ran a facility in London Ontario and loved it up there.

A couple folks in my family visited Canada, once with Wolfe and again with Arnold. And they still let me in their country!

Rick

Result number: 116

Message Number 261731

Re: cryosurgery in DC area for fibroma on foot View Thread
Posted by EECI on 11/04/09 at 12:29

Try Dr. Arnold Beresh, Dr. Matthew Dairman, or Dr. Michael Holtzm all in the VA area.

Result number: 117

Message Number 261730

Re: Ortho-Rite View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/04/09 at 12:25

Thank you for your response. My podiatrist casted me and manipulated the foot into the correct position while I was sitting down. I just got the orthotics yesterday. Last night I wore them two hours. I wore them to work and also brought my sneakers, planning to change after 3 hours in the orthotic. I have been wearing them for 6 hours with no discomfort at all. I know that a break in period is usually suggested. If there is no discomfort, is there any problem wearing them for an extended period of time?

Result number: 118

Message Number 261729

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/04/09 at 12:19

I hope we had it too. I'm still caughing up some nasty stuff about 3 weeks after catching what ever I caught. I'm also tired, in a sleepy way, after running my usual 5 miles. Normally I'm wide awake and full of energy, all pumped up after a run. So I have cut way back giving it a try every few days. I'm changing tactics and ratcheting it up a notch to see what happens. Probably pretty stupid while I'm uninsured!

My pregnant daughter is taking her last class in her masters program. Her teacher has H1N1 so class was cancled last night. Her school where she teaches has about 20% out. I wonder if it's inflated by people just staying home due to hype. Any way you slice it that's too close for comfort. At least the baby is in a pretty good stage of development for survival on the cold bright side of things.

Rick

Result number: 119

Message Number 261728

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/04/09 at 11:56

Amen Marie,

If the 60 billion fraud in medicare figure is close to correct that would make a great start.

Did you hear the interviews with people lining up in Detroit for 'free' money? It was astounding to hear people looking for their free money that didn't have a clue where it came from. For all I know others were asked where the money was comming from and they were down on their luck and were grateful that other Americans in beter shape were there to help them facilitated by government.

Rick

Result number: 120

Message Number 261727

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/04/09 at 11:48

Bad companies get lot's of help from bad government to help them fail. Regulations on domestic production that don't apply to foreign products shifts the trade balance favoring imports and leading to job loss and plenty of people blaming the bad US companies. A US manufacturer has to have roughly a 16% lower cost to compete in Europe on an equal footing due to the VAT which acts like tariff. Conversely a European product can have a 16% cost disadvantage yet sell for an equal price in the US since the 'reverse' VAT acts as a subsidy. It's time we stop alowing US manufacturing to wither away. None of our other arguements regarding how to share the wealth will have any meaning without the ability to create wealth.

Rick

Result number: 121

Message Number 261726

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/04/09 at 11:36

Interestingly GM's October sales were up 4%. One more percent then Ford! I am 100% for ALL automotive companies to do well because when they do well Americans go back to work. Toyota's October sales were in decline.

Result number: 122

Message Number 261725

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/04/09 at 11:21

I wasn't trying to make a big leap. I was just trying to point out that many Americans genuinely need a assistance from time to time. That they are good decent people who have had jobs, hold jobs, have paid for schooling or job training, have health care insurance & pay for it. These are the same people in line with those who commit fraud or have found ways to take advantage of the system. We can dwell on the crooks as long as we don't punish the people who honestly need a helping hand. And that's sort of where the conversation was going. Why not offer solutions to cut fraud versus cutting programs that honest hard working Americans might need? Trust me I see people who don't deserve government assistance every day but I see more that really do need it and their grateful for it.

Result number: 123

Message Number 261724

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/04/09 at 10:19

Marie,

Nice leap. I didn't say government assistance to help people in need is wrong or that I don't support it. That's different from calling it a right. I think there is danger in presuming we have a right to all basic needs served by others.

Rick

Result number: 124

Message Number 261723

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/04/09 at 09:40

Wendy I find it most unusual that Canada and the U.S. really know very little about each other's government or economics. You would think that somewhere along the education road through college I would have had more information given to me on this subject. You are our largest trading partner and we have more similarities with us than any other nation. When I talk with a Canadian I would not know if they were American or Canadian unless they were from Quebec or wore a red Mountie uniform. I think I told you my uncle joined the Canadian Army prior to our entry into WWII. Why, I do not know. He was killed very early on.

Our media really gives us little to no information about your government. Our populace basically knows zilch about Canada other than it is a cheap place to buy their drugs and a scenic cold wonderland. I had the good fortune to fly into Canada on a regular basis in the late 50's and on occasion had some drinks with the Mounties in the Northwest Territory. You have not lived until you spent a night drinking with a Mountie in northern Greenland and who has not seen a white man in 2 years. Imagine this to be his vacation spot? Before the night was over we had traded him out of all his boots and clothes which were made by the native Eskimos where he lived. His tour of duty in this ice covered wasteland was 5 years. For me just a couple of days in his vacation land was terrible unless you liked to look at nothing but ice, enjoy 100 mph winds and wind chills of minus 100. This is the place we had a 100 yard long radar antenna to pickup possible Russian bombers which would have likely come across the north pole. We had a fighter squadron based there. Planes had to be kept in hangars or they would not start.

Result number: 125

Message Number 261722

Tarsal Tunnel Hell View Thread
Posted by Josh M. on 11/04/09 at 09:34

HI everyone,

I just wanted to share my story. I was hit from behind by a small vehicle in summer of 08 and my right leg/ankle started twisting under the cart and I was able to twist myself out before I went completely under the cart. I ended up with a high/low ankle sprain. I did about 19 physical therapy sessions and by the end of that I felt something else was wrong.

My doctor ordered an MRI and found a newly formed Ganglion cyst attached to my tendon. I tried shots, drainage with no relief. He finally surgically removed the ganglion cyst off of my tendon. Well, 2 weeks later it was back. SO again, he tried to drain it. It didnt work.

I had another surgery to remove it. And again it came back. But another problem arose. Tingling of the bottom of my foot, especially if you tap the inside of my ankle. The bottom of my toes go numb along with a silver dollar size numb spot located at the bottom of my foot just under my arch. My foot throbs and throbs. Im starting to have issues with my calf for some reason. Walking makes it much worse or standing does also.

My doctor diagnosed me with TTS. I was hurt at work and WC has yet to approve the surgery for TTR that was set up 5 months ago. My condition has gotten worse and worse.

I do have lawyers and I hope to have TTR within the next 2 months.

Im just worried that the longer Worker Comp waits to approve the surgery, the less of a chance of it being better after surgery.

Thanks

Result number: 126

Message Number 261721

Re: Good Feet question View Thread
Posted by MJK on 11/04/09 at 08:40

I have been suffering with PF and a heel spur for too many years to mention. Been to 5 foot doctors and one cryosurgery that didn't do a thing for me. My husband was getting so upset because I couldn't find relief, that he said it wouldn't hurt to try the GOod Feet Store, so we did this past spring. I haven't had any pain since. I can walk, workout and have no pain. They are quite expensive, BUT when I added up all the doctors visits and nonsense, it was far cheaper to do the Good Feet Store. I live in Albany, NY and went to our local store. Spend the money, it is worth it

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Message Number 261720

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/04/09 at 06:30

This is precisely why we have to address fraud in the current system. I believe health care reform addresses that issue. We will always have some weasel who gets through but what kind of nation would we be if we threw someone truly in need into the street? Do you want to be the person to look them in they eye and tell them the guy with the blackberry just blew it for all of you? You don't seem like that to me, at all. If you can do that without a conscience more power to you. Me, I prefer to put the frauds out of business instead. I want a nation that looks out for their neighbor who might need a helping hand now and then. I don't mind paying taxes so there is unemployment funds for people who need it, medicaid services for the poor, medicare for the elderly, affordable health care and insurance for everyone, education, social security, student aide for higher education, mail service, food stamps roads, food pantries and shelter's for the homeless.....all of these are services I pay for but don't always use. I don't mind but, like you, the frauds upset me. Welfare should not be a way of life but a short term safety net.

Result number: 128

Message Number 261719

Re: Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/04/09 at 06:28

Yes,
Why don't YOU drive a Ford?

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Message Number 261718

Re: Ortho-Rite View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/03/09 at 22:55

I've seen some of their finished devices, and don't have any concerns over their efficacy. As long as they get an accurate cast and an appropriate prescription, the finished results should be fine.

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Message Number 261717

Re: shoe store View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/03/09 at 22:53

A reasonable place to start is by performing a zip code search for pedorthists at the www.abcop.org website. With Drs. Wander and Z being closer to you, they may also know of some places.

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Message Number 261716

Re: Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/03/09 at 22:52

The Brooks Dyad is built on exactly the same last as the Ariel, but without the heavy medial side support elements. It's worth trying with your new inserts.

Result number: 132

Message Number 261715

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Laurie C. on 11/03/09 at 21:53

Thank you for your positive words!

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Message Number 261714

shoe store View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/03/09 at 21:28

Do you know of a GOOD shoe store ? I live in sommerset county nj

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Message Number 261713

shoe store View Thread
Posted by stacy on 11/03/09 at 21:27

Do you know of a GOOD shoe store ? I live in sommerset county nj

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Message Number 261712

Re: Haglund's Deformity View Thread
Posted by COOKIE B on 11/03/09 at 21:17

HELLO,

I SUFFERED FROM HAGLUND'S DEFORMITY FOR OVER 7 YEARS BECAUSE THE DOCTOR WOULD NOT X-RAY MY FOOT TO DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEM! MY SPUR HAD BROKEN OFF AND THERE WERE BONE FRAGMENTS INSIDE MY TENDON FLOATING BENEATH THE TENDON. EACH TIME I WOULD TRY TO WALK OR EXERCISE, THE NEXT DAY I COULDN'T WALK ON MY FOOT! I TRIED TAPING THE HEEL TO IMOBILZE IT TO SOME EXTENT, BUT THAT IS SUCH A PROCESS EACH TIME YOU WANT TO GO AND WALK.
I HAD A FRIEND WHO WAS A VET THAT SNEAKED ME IN AND RAN AN X-RAY ON MY FOOT AND THAT IS HOW I FOUND THE BONE FRAGMENTS! I TOOK THE X-RAY TO THE DOCTOR AND HE FINALLY REFERRED ME TO AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON WHO SPECIALIZED IN FOOT SURGERY. DR. LINDEN DILLION FROM FORT WORTH, TEXAS PERFORMED THE SURGERY AND I COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER PHYSICIAN! HE IS INCREDIBLE AT WHAT HE DOES RIGHT DOWN TO SENDING YOU HOME WITH PRESCRIPTIONS FOR PAIN, MEDS FOR CONSTIPATION FROM THE PAIN MEDS, ANTIBIOTICS, MEDS TO CONTROL YEAST INFECTIONS CAUSED BY THE ANITBIOTICS, ETC. HE HAD EVERYTHING READY FOR ANYTHING THAT MIGHT COME UP DUE TO THE SURGERY, HE WAS OUTSTANDING! I WOULD RECOMMEND THE SURGERY BY DR. DILLION TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER!
THE SURGERY RECOVERY IS A LONG PROCESS, BUT I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN IF I HAD THE OTHER FOOT TO DO.
THE RECOVERY REQUIRED ME TO BE IN BED FOR 2 WEEKS WITH MY FOOT ELEVATED ON THE 'DILLION PILLOW' THAT WAS CREATED BY DR. DILLION AND THEN 4 MONTHS IN A CAST THAT WAS CHANGED EVERY 2 WEEKS TO SLOWLY RE-POSITION THE HEEL TO EVENTUALLY STRETCH THE TENDON TO A WALKING POSITION. THE SURGERY IS WHERE THEY DETACH THE TENDON AND REMOVE ALL THE BONE FRAGMENTS AND THEN RE-ATTACH THE TENDON USING STAPLES TO ATTACH THE TENDON BACK ONTO THE HEEL, ABOUT 40 STAPLES IN THE HEEL AND ABOUT 30 ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE HEEL. THIS SOUNDS PRETTY ROUGH, BUT THE RELIEF FROM THE PAIN IS WORTH EVERY BIT OF THE PROCESS.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE THE SURGERY, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A REPUTABLE SURGEON AND NOT A PODIATRIST! THIS IS NOT A MINOR SURGERY TO BE DONE IN THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE! YOUR FEET ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO YOU, MAKE SURE YOU ARE DEALING WITH A ORTHOPEDIC FOOT SPECIALIST!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH THIS CONDITION! DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER FROM YOUR DOCTOR, THERE IS RELIEF OUT THERE THAT WORKS! I HAD MY SURGERY ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO AND I AM STILL PAIN FREE TODAY! THANK GOD FOR DR. LINDEN DILLION!

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Message Number 261711

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn on 11/03/09 at 20:52

Yes John - our province would be somewhat similar to your state. Sort of.

Provincial governments have different powers than the federal government, but not exactly the same distribution of power as America. From what I understand - things like criminal law can differ from state to state in America, but they cannot differ from province to province in Canada. Here criminal law is decided by the federal government and trials are held in federal court. But something like drinking age and traffic laws are different between provinces, as well as some parts of the education system, some policies on health care etc.

Yes - we pay taxes to both the province and the federal government. Most provinces also have a sales tax, Alberta is the only one that does not. We also have a federal value added tax called the GST which is currently 5%.

Which is the most important in my life? Hmmm. That's a really good question. Probably the provincial government and the municipal (city) government. Those would be the folks that would decide where to build a new school, how much to pay teachers, where to open a hospital etc. Those are the big things in my life right now. So much of what the federal government does seems much more removed from my day-to-day life.

Result number: 137

Message Number 261710

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Allie on 11/03/09 at 20:28

Oh, how I agree Dr. DSW. My cell died recently and I bought a new one this weekend. I wanted the $200 Blackberry or IPhone or whatever with the keyboard for texting, but had to 'settle' for the $120 phone with the rebate. Need the extra $ to pay my premiums and co-pays.

People either live what they learn or try to steal from the system. I have a friend that was recently divorced. She makes little money and has two daughters. Her ex-husband (an IT person) makes about 100 grand and pays her ample child support, however she applied for free lunch for her daughters based on her income (w/o the child support) and got it. Her ex-husband was surprised when he learned of it and told the girls not to tell anyone or they may be made fun of - well maybe in his day that would have been the case, but these days the kids probably think nothing of getting free lunch.

Result number: 138

Message Number 261709

Ford posts one billion dollars View Thread
Posted by Dr. Z on 11/03/09 at 19:38

I just heard where Ford Motor Company posted one BILLION dollar in profit this year. Why? Because they do what most successful companies do. 1. Make a great product
2. Don't take money from the govt ???
3. Understand the market and make a car that the market wants
Go Mustang Go.

This is the problem with our economy- Bad Companies but not Ford.

Anyone like to comment

Result number: 139

Message Number 261708

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 11/03/09 at 19:21

As part of our practice, we all rotate through a government 'clinic' and see patients with medical assistance (government paid insurance) and/or no insurance. The patients with no insurance pay on a 'sliding scale' and simply have to show their tax return. Many of them pay ZERO dollars, and this is all subsidized by the government--our tax dollars.

This week, when it was my 'turn' to see patients, I saw a patient that qualified for a 'zero' payment. Yet, when I went in to see/treat the patient, I couldn't help but notice his $180 sneakers, his $299 iPOD and his brand new state-of-the-art Blackberry. I had to ask him to end his call and 'messaging' when I walked in the room.

I don't even own a friggin' Blackberry, but my daughter does, and I know the cost AND the cost just to have the service for the Blackberry every month.

So YES, I do resent the fact that most of us have to put aside a significant amount of money for health insurance and others are beating the system. I have no problem providing benefits for those truly in need.

But when someone is sitting across from me that can afford a brand new Blackberry, and can afford the service each month for that Blackberry, and can afford $180 sneakers and a $299 iPOD, I DO have a problem with that situation.

Result number: 140

Message Number 261707

Ortho-Rite View Thread
Posted by Stacy on 11/03/09 at 18:52

Have you had any experience with Ortho-Rite. Do they make a good product?

Result number: 141

Message Number 261706

Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Stacy on 11/03/09 at 17:50

I had new othotics made following a modified kinder. Prior to posterior tibial tendon issues, I had plantar fasciitis. I found that Brooks ariel worked well for the plantar fasciitis. Now, the Brooks shoe would provide too much correction with the orthotic. The doctor wants me to get a good walking (stability) sneaker. What are some makes/models that you would suggest?

Thanks for your help

Result number: 142

Message Number 261705

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/03/09 at 16:24

Hopefully no one here is collecting unemployment either. Heck jobs come and go. Why should taxpayers foot that bill too? Let them 'eat cake'.

Result number: 143

Message Number 261704

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/03/09 at 16:05

Well put Max. I can't help but extrapolate what's next if healthcare is a right. To start with if it's a right that means it's a right to take from others that which you need, but can't provide for your self. The rights in the Bill of Rights don't seem to come with coersing others. I have a right to free speach and a free press, not free newspapers. I have a right to bear arms but not a right to a free gun. I have the right to pick up and move but not a right to a bus ticket.

How is housing less important, including at least heat? How is food less of a right than healthcare? Clearly the essential nature of the need isn't the criteria. So what makes healthcare the right?

I wonder how many people on the dole actually understand that others are asked to work longer and harder to provide for them?

Rick

Result number: 144

Message Number 261703

Re: Fellow Americans View Thread
Posted by Rick R on 11/03/09 at 15:53

Allie,

Sounds like a great start. I'd like some way of making sure that they could rather seamlessly go back to private life without having their careers and retirement plans screwed up, but that's the least of my concerns!

Currently the pay-off comes from the wrong things. Most of their income comes from leveraging their powerful positions. The pay itself should be sufficient for very successful people to step out and serve then go back.

Rick

Result number: 145

Message Number 261702

Re: NEED HELP, i took off my cast after 8 weeks and i have brown on my foot View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 11/03/09 at 15:15

Will you should contact the doctor who provided the cast and ask him/her if this is normal.

Result number: 146

Message Number 261701

Re: Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by Max K on 11/03/09 at 14:12

For a child, food comes out of the refrigerator and water comes out of the faucet. The child doesn't understand not appreciate what it takes to put that food into the regrigerator (how many people had to work on so many levels, including the truck driver). The parents take care of it, so why worry about it?

Some people always remain childish in this way, in various degrees, and want their government to 'take care of them' like their parents used to, with food coming from food stamps and medical care coming from medical coupons. They have a tendency to demand more and more parenting functions of their government. They don't call it parenting function, they call it by other names like 'common sense legislation' or 'affirmative action' or 'health care is a right'.

Result number: 147

Message Number 261700

Re: Are you still active even with PF? View Thread
Posted by will on 11/03/09 at 13:33

yes i do, i used to compete in mountain biking and i ride my road bike everyday. but since the plantar fasciitis all i do is bike now, its awesome i have something to work out my legs and not hurt my feet.

i really like biking, i live in the perfect place to bike and i have plenty of cool place to bike all day long. makes living with plantar fasciitis much much easier.

Result number: 148

Message Number 261699

Re: Are you still active even with PF? View Thread
Posted by LindaM on 11/03/09 at 13:09

Will,

I'm sorry that you are only 19 and suffering with PF. It's good to hear, however, that the cycling is working for you too. I've biked all my life, and am thankful that I still have this outlet available to me. I hope you get as much pleasure out of it as I do....

Linda

Result number: 149

Message Number 261698

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by CK on 11/03/09 at 12:24

I was out searching for any new post surgical exercises that I was not aware of and found this message board. I am currently recovering from my TSS release October 7th. I was initially diagnosed with TSS in my sophmore year of high school almost 30 years ago when no one knew much about this diagnosis or what to do to help me. I have to chuckle as I read through the posts as I have tried every single treatment that anyone has posted - orthotics, shots, accupunture, physical therapy, medication and surgery. October 7th was my 6th release surgery on the same ankle. Most would likely assume that I am angry and frustrated with the medical community for what would appear to be failed surgeries. With the exception of one, I would not consider any of them to be failures. I realize that I have a very difficult diagnosis and have come to terms with that over the years. My case is said to be very rare for multiple release 'failures' but the positive is that I heal and recover very well. I absolutely recommend making sure you have a surgeon that has experience in this complex procedure as that is your best advantage in having a successful outcome. I also believe that education and ensuring that your expecations are in line will also improve your outcomes. I know I am not going to be an olypmic athlete, but I do know that with work on my end I can return to a quality of life that I did not have before each of my surgeries. I agree with many posts that you must be open to all the non-evasive surgeries first as the surgery is not for the faint. Anything that involves recovering from a weight bearing limb has significant challenges, including your ability to return to work in a timely fashion. I hope that you can see that although many say the surgery is ineffective, there are those of us out here that have a different opinion and would not want you to base your decision simply on those that have a negative outcome. My surgeon and I maintain a very open level of communication if you don't have that please try to open up the discussion or look for an experienced surgeon that will have those discussions with you. My best wishes as you make your decision -- Good Luck.

Result number: 150

Message Number 261697

Letter to the editor View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/03/09 at 10:20

Dear Sirs:

'During my last night's shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new gold tooth, pierced tongue, multiple elaborate tattoos, a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped with her favorite R&B tune for a ringtone.

Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid.

She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer.

And our president expects me to pay for this woman's health care?

Our nation's health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture - a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on pleasures and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. A culture that thinks 'I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me'.

Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow. Don't you agree?



STARNER JONES, MD
Jackson, MS

Result number: 151

Message Number 261696

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/03/09 at 09:38

Wendy: Is a Province somewhat like our States? Each has its own way of doing things for the most part but does have to comply with what ever you call your answer to our Federal Government? Do you pay taxes to both the Province and National Government and which do you look to as the most important in your life?

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Message Number 261695

Re: still in pain View Thread
Posted by Sharon H. on 11/03/09 at 09:18

Hi Gayle

I hope you will become one of those success stories. I hope I can tell my success story at some point. My pod wants me to continue using solaraze gel on my foot 3 times a day which is a type of anti inflamatory and he also wants me to wear nothing but my MBT shoes (even in the house) for the next 5 weeks so we can make a judgement as to whether or not they are helping. They take the weight off the ball of the foot so maybe they will help.

He also mentioned trying Lyrica for 3 months. He said in many cases the Lyrica will block the nerve and after the 3 months many people find the nerve annoyance doesn't come back or if it does not near as bad and they can go off it. He said there are many ways to treat a nerve problem and everyone is different. What works for one may not work for another.

I am in no way in a hurry to go on any drug. The side effects are worse than what you are treating. One thing about Lyrica, it is known to cause you to gain weight and who needs that!
For now I am going to be trying alpha lipoic acid which is a vitamin that suppose to help with neuropathy problems. I read many success stories on the health board website about how well it has helped people. I will try anything before resorting to a drug. Keep me posted as to how you are doing.

Sharon

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Message Number 261694

Re: Ecco and Gabor View Thread
Posted by christinek on 11/03/09 at 03:50

Thanks, Jeremy; I noticed that earlier you said that the price was a good indication of how well the shoe would perform.

It's very helpful to have all this information. Thank you.

Result number: 154

Message Number 261693

Re: Ecco and Gabor View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/02/09 at 21:52

No soles are stiff until some sort of shank material is installed within them. Shanks are commonly made of steel, fiberglass, and thermal polyurethane. In styles like you describe, the shanks are embedded into the midsoles, and cannot be seen. In athletic shoes, they are most often molded onto the underside of the shoe's sole.

As for PU soling, the best formulations are as durable and supportive as anything else in existence. If a new shoes retails for less than MSRP $140, you can pretty much assure yourself that it has an inferior PU formula. Quality rubber soles have similar price:durability ratios.

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Message Number 261692

Re: Proper Fitting Shoes View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/02/09 at 21:45

Good lord. That story really disappoints me, particularly since Foot Solutions lauds that location of theirs.

As for your lesser toe deformities, that probably has less to do with your SAS shoes, and more to do with your history of PTTD and collapsing medial arch. When the medial column fails, the lesser toes are forced to compensate by clawing. Maintaining sole integrity, secure mid and rearfoot fit, and a solid heel counter should all help reduce the problem, in conjunction with your inserts. You may also want to discuss with your doctor a custom made insert that has a deeper heel cup than what you presently wear.

As for shoes, there are various brands and models that possess characteristics you describe. The easiest to find are New Balance shoes built on their SL-2 last (811, 577, 883, etc). Others in which I commonly have success are the 'E' lasted shoes from Kumfs, contour lasted shoes from PW Minor, the Blazer from Drew. You can also consider most of the trail category shoes from Garmont.

Please keep in mind that most quality, supportive shoes are also going to have a fairly firm sole when brand new. Until you finalize the sole's flex position, there will very likely be some amount of initial heel slippage. I encourage you NOT to discard a new shoe that matches your midfoot and forefoot well simply because it's not tightly gripping your heel at first.

Result number: 156

Message Number 261691

Re: correct shoes View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/02/09 at 21:34

Such a list would be far too comprehensive, as well as non-productive for you. In addition to comfort elements for firm work surfaces, the more important criteria are fit and function. Those cannot be determined through a web forum, so I suggest you locate a well-established, credible retailer who can assess those needs for you.

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Message Number 261690

Re: Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/02/09 at 21:31

No, I don't recommend Propet shoes. Their build quality has dropped tremendously in what can only appear to be an attempt to maintain high margins for their dealer network. As for the thought that all those with PF should get the Brooks Addiction ... no comment. Great shoe, but certainly not for everyone who suffers heel pain.

Since athletic shoes have worked well for you, it's reasonable to look into athletic trail shoes. They will have reasonable shock absorbancy, and the better ones all have waterproof technologies. Be careful on selection as many brands are now producing models with a medial bias to their soles, like the Addiction. Also be aware that in this category shoes that retail for less than $120 tend to have critical support components reduced or eliminated.

Result number: 158

Message Number 261689

TTS and back pain View Thread
Posted by BSL on 11/02/09 at 20:41

I had surgery done on left foot 3yrs ago for PF. Since then , my foot still in pain everyday and my doc said I need surgery for TTS. I have tried many treatments that failed miserably. Now I am suffering from back pain as well due to the way I walk. Does anyone here suffered from Pf, TTS and back pain? I know I am not the only one probably who have these problems. I need to know what kind of treatment is availble. What is recovery success rate of TTS.

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Message Number 261688

Re: Has anyone ever used Pediflex Brand Slippers? View Thread
Posted by Paula on 11/02/09 at 18:29

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Result number: 160

Message Number 261687

Re: NEED HELP, i took off my cast after 8 weeks and i have brown on my foot View Thread
Posted by will on 11/02/09 at 18:27

i took a long warm bath without my cast and scrapped off a ton of skin and the brown stuff. my foot looks much better.

after the bath i came out and ate lunch without the cast, i was sitting in a chair and my foot turned super purple. i layed down and made it so my heart was the same horizantally as my foot(elevated my foot) and the color came back in a few seconds.

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Message Number 261686

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by marie:) on 11/02/09 at 15:36

I hope he has good insurance. Some friends of mine lost everything they own due to medical bills. Yes, they work and had health insurance. One of them was a victim of a violent assault. Then the spouse was dx with a serious degenerative disease and it pushed their health insurance to the max. The bills piled up. Local companies tried to assist them with fundraisers but the health care costs were astronomical and people who would normally give are out of work. One minute they were on top of all of it.......the next minute in the emergency room and icu for a month and 6mos later out of their dream home. It took almost 10 months for the person who committed the crime to be arrested. He was sentenced to 5 years and was out in 3 mos on probation. They requested victim's assistance and were told it would be a 5 year wait. Yet my friends have survived and still continue to do charitable work for our troops in harms way. Tell your friend to hang in there. He's in my prayers.

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Message Number 261685

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/02/09 at 14:42

I have not personally seen any long lines but they are shown on TV all the time. Each state sets up its own method of distribution. I know they have been going to the schools and am guessing that OBGYN Doctors have it on hand. I got my regular flu shot early on and since then they ran out of the regular flu vaccine but expect some soon. For something like H1N1 I do not know how you effectively manage who gets the shot. How would you know if a woman was pregnant in the early stages? They are probably the highest at risk. When it come available I will get it but since I am in the low risk group will probably wait until next year after all the high risk people have got their shot. Everyone gets the shot free in the U.S. The regular flu has really not shown up yet and is not expected to appear until December in any significant numbers.

When I was in grade school anytime you got an infectious disease they posted a big red poster on front of your home that there were xxxxx disease here and you were required to stay in the house and no one was to enter. I wonder when they stopped doing that? In the military we were required to get the flu shot every year along with other shots. I was on a worldwide mobility team so I had to get almost every shot known to mankind such as typhus, cholera, etc. I have several shot books filled up. When I would go to a country like Thailand, Africa, etc the country of entry really did look at your shot book and if you did not have the required shots they would not let you enter. Our med technicians were so proficient they could administer two shots at the same time in the same arm so I ended up often getting 4 shots all at once. Two in each arm at the same time. Some of these lines were long and I have seen grown men pass out before they even got the shots. The old flu shots were really a large dose and your arm really got sore. You also might get a fever as I assume at that time they were using a live virus. The syringes looked like they were for horses. My most serious disease while flying was laryngitis. I could not utter a word. Our crew was on the way to Formosa during the Formosa crisis. I was forced to stay in Honolulu while the rest of my crew flew on. They picked me up on the way back. How terrible for me as other than being mute I felt great.

Result number: 163

Message Number 261684

Immobilization View Thread
Posted by Charlotte G on 11/02/09 at 12:05

I have a fracture of my navicular bone in my foot. It went undiagnosed for 4 months at which time a CT scan revealed that it is not fusing. The surgeon wants to wait another 3 months, do a CT scan to see if it has healed and then surgery .(adding a screw or removing the smaller part of the bone which has not fused)He said its Ok to continue working which involves standing/walking 8 hours per day 5 days per week.Why is immobilization not prescribed and why wait 3 more months? Nothing is changing in 3 months.If it hasn't healed in 4 months why would it heal in 3 more months?

Result number: 164

Message Number 261683

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/02/09 at 12:05

My long time friend has a problem that makes H1N1 look like a flea bite.

About 4-5 weeks ago he fell off his back deck which is about 20 feet high. He broke his pelvis. Punctured his bladder, and broke his ankle. His pelvis is not healing as it should so they are going to have to go back with more surgery as soon as a very serious infection is cured. For the infection they performed a 4 hour surgery around the broken pelvis which was keeping it from healing and packed it with gauze etc and left some long stainless rods protruding out of his body trying to hold the pelvis together. He has been under morphine for at least a couple of weeks and not lucid. I cannot imagine how much longer he will be in the hospital as he is still facing major surgery for the pelvis when and if they can get the infection under control. He may not get home until the new year and then faces some long physical therapy. I have been reading all year about the high incidence of infections in hospitals. I assume with a punctured bladder you are really open to an infection. One minute you are having a fun time on your deck and the next minute your life may have changed forever. He is age 65 and lost his wife about 5 years ago. This will easily turn into a million dollar injury if not more.

Result number: 165

Message Number 261682

NEED HELP, i took off my cast after 8 weeks and i have brown on my foot View Thread
Posted by will on 11/02/09 at 09:57

i have plantar fasciitis and i have been in a cast for 8 weeks. there are super white ovals with brown surronding them. it looks like its from to much moisture. i put some lotion on my foot but im scared to use it because i havent used it at all. some of my toes also had brown stuff on the outside of them. i could scrap most of it off.

the cast i have is a removable aircast that goes up my leg and right below my knee.

should i take the cast off and let my foot air out??? i dont know what to do so i just put it back on my foot with a new sock and lotion.

Result number: 166

Message Number 261681

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/02/09 at 09:17

The experts told us early on that H1N1 would be very widespread. They got it right.

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Message Number 261680

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by john h on 11/02/09 at 09:14

The word on the news in the U.S. is if you have the flu it is very likely the N1H1 as the regular flu has not hit yet.

Result number: 168

Message Number 261679

Re: Has anyone tried Good Feet? View Thread
Posted by CharlesB on 11/02/09 at 00:40

I fell for it. I forked out $250 for medium atiffness inserts. Pretty useless for me. Tried to return can only get credit. They just handed me the stiffest in trade without any additional checks. They are better,but I do not use them. I now use Birkenstock heeled blue arch supports because they work for me.

Result number: 169

Message Number 261678

Re: im a lifeguard, with plantar fasciitis, need help choosing a shoe View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/01/09 at 22:33

Without knowing your foot shape, or any other fit characteristics, it would be premature to suggest specific brands/models. If it helps, every brand that specializes in outdoor performance footwear makes at least one credible style.

Result number: 170

Message Number 261677

planter phasieitis /heel spurs View Thread
Posted by Patty C on 11/01/09 at 22:08

Can this foot pain cause pain in the legs over time if not treated?

Result number: 171

Message Number 261676

Re: tarsal tunnel View Thread
Posted by als on 11/01/09 at 19:36

I have the same problem! I am beginning to think that I am the only one in the world that has painful, red feet when I am on them for longer than 45 minutes. I too was on Lyrica, but I started gaining weight. My doctor put me on Gabapentin which I think is a generic for a Lyrica type drug. I know that you posted about a year ago, but I was wondering what all you have had done...In hopes of solving my feet issues. I, too, am very active and want to be back to normal! Please let me know if you have solved your issue...and how.

Thanks!

Result number: 172

Message Number 261675

Re: Tarsal Tunnel Release surgery success rates odds Survey......... View Thread
Posted by justin on 11/01/09 at 16:28

my surgeon said 50% and he said that the outcome is not something he wanted to comment on because anything can happen it can be worse or stay the same or be 100 times better. he did say I would be laid up for at least 3 weeks having the surgery tomorrow so I'll post again in a couple weeks. thank you everyone for all your info!!!

Result number: 173

Message Number 261674

Re: Are you still active even with PF? View Thread
Posted by will on 11/01/09 at 15:42

i used to do gymnastics and compete with surfing, im only 19 and my dreams are pretty much killed for the next year. ive had mine for 6 months and what i do is bicycle for miles on end. i think it also stretches my calve a little bit and it doesnt hurt me. i dont like swimming even though im a lifeguard and swimming kinda feels uneasy anyways.

try biking

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Message Number 261673

Re: im a lifeguard, with plantar fasciitis, need help choosing a shoe View Thread
Posted by will on 11/01/09 at 15:38

could you suggest any companys or model of shoe?
i plan on just going to the outdoor store, but any that are pretty good to start with??

Result number: 175

Message Number 261672

Re: im a lifeguard, with plantar fasciitis, need help choosing a shoe View Thread
Posted by will on 11/01/09 at 15:24

wowwww, i totally get what your saying!!!
i will be sure to look at them as soon as i get a chance now, thanks.

Before i got plantar fasciitis i bought some merrell shoes because i thought they were 'good' shoes, later on i found out they were horrible and i started steering clear of any outdoor shoe. but what you said makes since and i will try to find one with the charastics we mentioned. thanks!

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Message Number 261671

Re: Wedding Shoe - Jeremy View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 11/01/09 at 14:05

Mary makes some great points, and are well worth heeding. Beautifeel makes some good shoes, and are worth consideration. When it comes to well=-made, supportive dress shoes, ones that are worthy of keeping are going to average $170 MSRP. You may be able to find some of these at a sale price, but seeking under $120 will more times than not result in something that may cause you discomfort (or worse). Here are some other brands to consider:

Kumfs - There are lots of quality options among their dress sandals, both in flat and higher heel versions. Among their enclosed dress shoes, the Harmony gives a fit fit similar to what Beautifeel does and offers enhanced arch support and cushioning.

Helle Comfort - The Oslo has always been one of my favorite incredibly non orthopedic-looking, orthopedic dress styles.

Tatami - This Birkenstock sub-brand makes several sandal styles that work in dress environments.

There are other brands making quality shoes; however, most do not make versions in white or ivory (suitable for most wedding gowns). Have fun shopping, and best wishes for a perfect day.

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Message Number 261670

Re: H1N1 View Thread
Posted by wendyn1 on 11/01/09 at 10:37

We have it here - but it isn't so much the flu making headlines as our province's mishandling of how to distribute the vaccine,

Instead of opening clinics for high risk individuals first, they opened clinics for everyone (all other Canadian provinces went with the first option and have had no problems).

Mass line ups at 10 clinics in a city of 1 million people. That meant that the people who really needed the vaccine couldn't necessarily get it. The long lines meant people were being turned away and that caused a new kind of hysteria. As of yesterday, they've head to shut down all clinics completly to re-organize a different approach.

The head of our province is up for a leadership review in about a week. I think this fiasco might be the nail in his coffin.

With respect to the flu, I don't know anyone who has had it for sure but there are some people who have been sick with some bug (likely flu).

Many of them mildly feverish and unwell and still insisting that they need to come to work. Good that they aren't getting real sick, but bad that they come and make everyone else sick.

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Message Number 261669

Re: Are you still active even with PF? View Thread
Posted by LindaM on 11/01/09 at 10:19

My suggestion, based on personal experience, is that you have to try different things and see what works/doesn't work for you. I can no longer run or hike, but for whatever reason, I can bicycle for virtually endless miles without making me feet any worse. Swimming is also fine, but I don't really enjoy it. I've tried going back to walking/hiking, but I always end up 'paying' for it....so I'm just listening to my body and doing what it allows.

Good luck....

Linda

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Message Number 261668

Re: cheilectomy recovery timetable? View Thread
Posted by Melissa on 11/01/09 at 09:08

I had right great toe cheilectomy surgery on 10/27/09. The post-op pain was much worse than I expected. I had a nerve block in my right foot wich last over 24 hours. The pain got real bad the night of the 28th. I did not sleep well for three nights (I usually have a really high pain threshold). It wasn't until the night of the 31st when I finally slept well. My husband and I put together a pain med schedule because I think I was pretty hesitant to take too much. After calling my doctor 48 hours post-op because of excrutiating pain, here's what we came up with:

Vicodin alternating with Percocet every 4 hours.I started with only one of each every 4 hours, but it barely held me, so I went with 2 vicodin alternating with percocet or took one of each every 4 hours (there is tylenol in vicodin and percocet so I adjusted meds to make sure I didn't take more than 4grams of tylenol,the recommended limit). I tried Toradol in between(an anti-inlammatory) but it didn't do much. Otherwise, I have been on the couch with my foot elevated above the heart for the past 5-6 days and lots of ice, especially for first 48 hours. I have not put any weight on my right foot yet because it still hurts(I have stitches to the bottom of my foot because I had a plantar wart removed too). But, day six and I'm finally doing better. I have a walking boot which I think I will try today. I see my MD for first post-op visit on 11/3/09. Hope this helps.

Happy healing

Melissa

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Message Number 261667

Re: Plantar Fasciitis & Topaz View Thread
Posted by Mary on 10/31/09 at 23:39

cyrosurgery did now work for PF. It was very expensive too.

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Message Number 261666

Laptops View Thread
Posted by wendyn1 on 10/31/09 at 23:24

Ha!!! Very funny! :)

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Message Number 261665

Re: tarsal tunnel post op View Thread
Posted by sue on 10/31/09 at 21:48

well, here is your positive response. I had tts surgery last december and I am basically fine. At times I get pain on the top of my foot near the fourth metatarsel however this has nothing to do with the tts. All I can say is that the true recovery is about 8 months. If you are in a hurry you will be disappointed. Also the sooner you have the surgery upon diagnosis the better, less damage, less recovery. Don't wait thinking it is going away, I promise you it is not. I had first one on right foot 12 years ago so I know where I'm coming from. GOOD LUCK and be patient.

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Message Number 261664

Re: tarsal tunnel post op View Thread
Posted by sue on 10/31/09 at 21:48

well, here is your positive response. I had tts surgery last december and I am basically fine. At times I get pain on the top of my foot near the fourth metatarsel however this has nothing to do with the tts. All I can say is that the true recovery is about 8 months. If you are in a hurry you will be disappointed. Also the sooner you have the surgery upon diagnosis the better, less damage, less recovery. Don't wait thinking it is going away, I promise you it is not. I had first one on right foot 12 years ago so I know where I'm coming from. GOOD LUCK and be patient.

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Message Number 261663

Re: tarsal tunnel post op View Thread
Posted by sue on 10/31/09 at 21:47

well, here is your positive response. I had tts surgery last december and I am basically fine. At times I get pain on the top of my foot near the fourth metatarsel however this has nothing to do with the tts. All I can say is that the true recovery is about 8 months. If you are in a hurry you will be disappointed. Also the sooner you have the surgery upon diagnosis the better, less damage, less recovery. Don't wait thinking it is going away, I promise you it is not. I had first one on right foot 12 years ago so I know where I'm coming from. GOOD LUCK and be patient.

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Message Number 261662

Has anyone ever used Pediflex Brand Slippers? View Thread
Posted by Marie on 10/31/09 at 19:22

Their entire line is amazing! My feet tend to swell certain times during the day. These slippers expand, and adjust to my feet in all situaitons. They have memory foam insoles.
I have 2 pairs, but they seem hard to find. Where can I purchase more pairs? Is there anyone out there that can help me? I've exhausted all my resources.

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Message Number 261661

Has anyone ever used Pediflex Brand Slippers? View Thread
Posted by Marie on 10/31/09 at 19:21

Their entire line is amazing! My feet tend to swell certain times during the day. These slippers expand, and adjust to my feet in all situaitons. They have memory foam insoles.
I have 2 pairs, but they seem hard to find. Where can I purchase more pairs? Is there anyone out there that can help me? I've exhausted all my resources.

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Message Number 261660

Re: Orthotics View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 10/31/09 at 18:32

Tom,

Please see my post above regarding orthotics. However, the inserts you are using really can not be classified as 'orthotics', but are simply shoe inserts that supply cushioning. These have no bearing on whether a real orthotic would alleviate your symptoms.

Gel insoles with cushions are not orthotics. The terms are really not interchangeable. Orthotics offer TRUE support and mechanical control, not simply cushioning. Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart, etc., sell NO product that would qualify as an 'orthotic'.

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Message Number 261659

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 10/31/09 at 18:28

Tom,

Although tarsal tunnel can SOMETIMES be treated with control of pronation and custom orthotics, it is not always that simple and that's not always the case.

I'm also not in agreement with the doctor that stated that tarsal tunnel surgery is successful 80% of the time. I personally believe that's a very high number.

There is one VERY important point you have made Tom. If, yes IF a doctor believes that your tarsal tunnel symptoms can be eliminated or controlled with orthotics, that doctor has a responsibility to make you orthotics and not perform surgery. I don't care if the doctor has to somehow 'eat' the cost of the orthotics and simply bill your insurance for an office visit for each encounter that you are seen and evaluated, which is legal, since you are being seen and treated.

But in my opinion, if a doctor performs surgery and believes that there is a non-surgical option that will be beneficial, it's the doctor's responsibility to make that option available, even if it means it may not be profitable.

Even though the Medicaid system may not pay for a podiatrist to fabricate the orthotics, there may be a way to obtain a prescription and have them fabricated.

Once again, I'm not sure orthotics will help in your case, but if they will help, you can't afford NOT to try them. Make a LOT of phone calls to your insurance carrier or a case manager and ask a LOT of questions. There may be a happy answer if you ask the right questions.

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tts View Thread
Posted by kathyc on 10/31/09 at 18:20

I had tts year and half ago. since then I can barely walk my foot feels like it is to small for my skin. I could seperate my toes before surgery can no longer do it. still have pain in heal and along scare. I have been to 3 different foot Doc with no help. Had an MRI it stated I have severe cronic pf, also had a stress fracture. I am very frustated and do not know where to turn. Foot is still swollen.

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Message Number 261657

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Tom on 10/31/09 at 16:18

oh and Mary, I am near 'world class' hospitals and I'm trying to get the surgery referral to one of them. I actually had to fight with the county doctors to get this referral (still fighting actually) since they said they could do it, EVEN THOUGH THEY'VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE. So they treated me like I am acting spoiled or something wanting to have the surgery from someone who has done it before...ridiculous.

I have had this condition for a year and half now. and I am worried about what you said, because I have heard the same thing about recovery chances going down the longer I have it.

My only real concern is that the surgery will make it worse. As it is now I can walk 2-4 blocks a day using a cane and on minor pain killers. I don't have the constant stabbing/throbbing pain that a lot people talk about on here. In fact, if I don't put any weight on it it usually feels pretty OK. I can even sleep now without a pillow under the foot. But walking, standing, etc. I fear are not going to be possible the way this is progressing. I am also fairly young for this condition (mid-20s) so who knows how bad it could get when I'm 40 or 50, right?

Anyway thank you for your thoughts and if you have any more recommendations with this new information I would love to hear your thoughts again.
Best wishes,
Tom

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Message Number 261656

Re: from "Should I go Through with Surgery?" View Thread
Posted by Tom on 10/31/09 at 16:10

Thank you so much for sharing your story Michelle :) I have yet to try orthotics since I cannot afford them but please keep us posted here on how they work for you!
The great tragedy of my situation and the others in the same boat is that I am living on disability and so I have no money (under the poverty line) and medicaid covers my medical needs (or least the ones they feel like covering, blegh). Medicaid cut ALL podiatry/orthotics, etc. due to the economy (or at least that is their excuse). And since doctors get only $30-$50 from Medicaid per appointment finding a good one is almost impossible. They usually look at you for 5 mins, tell you its a minor problem, and kick you out. This is why it took me a year to diagnosed with TTS. Had to go through 3 specialists. but that's the reality for those of us without insurance. The corruption is pretty incredible and I only hope things change because they need to.

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Message Number 261655

Re: My feet hurt even when I'm sitting down View Thread
Posted by oxana on 10/31/09 at 13:15

Interesting.... I find it that in my case, heat helps a bit better. I use the Salonpas heat patches at night. Just slap them on, put the socks on and in the morning I can actually walk without holding on to the wall. Stretching does help as well.

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Message Number 261654

Re: Can Foot Supination Cause PF View Thread
Posted by JanetM on 10/31/09 at 12:47

I'm not a runner, but I definitely supinate when walking. It's obvious from the wear pattern on older shoes and I can actually feel it in certain shoes. I've had re-curring PF for about 3 years, and I think the supination or under-pronation definitely contributes. I just recently discovered that going barefoot really helps me in terms of reducing the PF pain (I started the recent barefoot thread), and I don't think I supinate as much when barefoot. This might not apply to you at all, and I don't know yet what the long-term effects of going barefoot more may be, though.

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Message Number 261653

Re: PF improved going barefoot? View Thread
Posted by JanetM on 10/31/09 at 12:31

Just wanted to follow up in case it's helpful to anyone else in the future.

For the last week I've been going barefoot or in sock feet as much as possible. Driving, around the house, in the office (after explaining to my co-workers and boss), a little walking around, etc. all with no shoes. The only time I've worn shoes are for 10 minutes here and there going into stores because I wasn't mentally comfortable with doing that barefoot. I also tried a pair of Feelmax shoes yesterday which are very close to going barefoot.

I've also continued with some stretching, but I haven't exactly been religious about it.

The result so far is that, for the first time in weeks, I'm almost pretty much completely pain free with just a tiny bit of pain the first couple of steps in the morning. The difference after the first couple of days of 'all barefoot' was immediately noticable both in morning pain and pain just when walking around. Even when I put on 'regular' shoes for a few minutes it's not nearly as bad as it was previously in shoes, although if I go more than a few minutes in regular shoes I can feel the pain starting to come back a bit.

From experimenting and trying to pay very close attention to how I walk, it appears to me that I walk somewhat differently and with a different gait when barefoot (or in socks or the Feelmax 'shoes') as compared to walking in any kind of normal shoes. So, my theory of the moment is just that, by walking barefoot, I'm not straining my foot in the same way as with shoes. Since I pretty much always wore the same pair of shoes all the time previously (when the PF came up) until they wore out, I may be putting more strain on my foot in general by going barefoot, but since it's not strain in the same exact place and in the same way as with the shoes, it's allowing the damaged area to heal a bit better.

I'll post an update in a few weeks or if anything changes. I don't claim this is appropriate or will work for everyone, and my experience doesn't represent 'evidence' of anything in particular. But if, like me, you've tried various shoes, inserts, and supports without any reduction in pain, it might be worth giving 'barefoot' a try.

I should probably point out that I normally went barefoot in the house anyway even before this, so I was somewhat used to it at least indoors on carpet. But I'm not really home that much so that didn't represent the majority of the waking day, and I have a small apartment so very little walking barefoot was involved.

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Message Number 261652

Proper Fitting Shoes View Thread
Posted by Oneda on 10/31/09 at 11:19

I am having difficulty finding a good fitting shoe. I have a wide foot, high and long arch, and a narrow heel. Several years ago I had plantar faciitis and posterior tibial tendonitis, but those issue for the most part have resolved due to therapy and wearing Powerstep supports. However, improper fitting SAS shoes have caused my once perfectly straight toes to begin turning to fit the curve of the shoe my doctor recommended. This past summer I put my Powersteps inside an older pair of Clarks Sunbeat sandals to give my toes some freedom, but I still did not have the proper ankle support that I needed. Now fall is here and I need to wear a closed shoe, but have absolutely no idea where to begin. At the beginning of September I went to a podiatrist and asked his opinion. He agreed my arches are dropping and told me to continue wearing the arch supports, but said he could not recommend a shoe; that I would just need to keep looking at different shoe stores. Last week I went to the Foot Solutions headquarters in Marietta, Ga and the consultant there was unable to fit me in a shoe. She said I needed an oblique toe box, but that they had only a few in their store, and those did not work. She suggested I try searching the internet. I would welcome any recommendations you may have.

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Re: im a lifeguard, with plantar fasciitis, need help choosing a shoe View Thread
Posted by Jeremy L, C Ped on 10/31/09 at 11:04

Because performance water shoes typically possess elements necessary for non-paved walking/trekking, the majority of these products have greater midfoot support and integrity than running shoes. Add to it that running shoes are designed for a running gait, and water/trail shoes have far greater lateral column stability characteristics.

I cannot encourage you enough to look for these kinds of shoes through a knowledgeable outdoor outfitter. Mass shoes retailers and sporting goods trade channels tend to only carry the models made for an outdoorsy look, but lack all the midfoot support technologies.

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Message Number 261650

Re: RSD View Thread
Posted by dr g on 10/31/09 at 10:15

Seeing a pain management specialist is an excellent idea. You may or may not be developing RSD but in any case sometimes a good pain specialist can start you on a treatment plan that will hopefully let you be able to avoid chronic problems. When RSD is addressed early , the treatment results are often very good, not all gloom and doom.Treatment may also be physical therapy, warming garments (thermoskin garments work best), antiinflammatory creams and I also like good nutritional support. Best wishes.

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Message Number 261649

since birth...curling toe nails View Thread
Posted by pdphelp on 10/31/09 at 09:13

Dr.

My sone is now eight years old but isnce his birth his toe nails have curled under. They are not causing any pain now but I am afraid that when he's older this will cause a problem. Is there anything we can do about this?

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Message Number 261648

Re: injections for heel pain View Thread
Posted by Elle O on 10/31/09 at 07:42

Injections help for some, not for others. It feels like a bee sting, but is over in 3-5 seconds. The relief is well worth it if you have a Dr. with experience that knows what he/she is doing. I received weeks of relief. The sting was WELL worth the trade. :0)

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Re: correct shoes View Thread
Posted by Michelle on 10/31/09 at 07:30

I have had a lot of luck with Asics. I have a lot of friends that run and several with foot pain. All have recommended, and wear them. I have been successful thus far. I work on concrete floors all day as well. Most good shoe stores/sporting goods have them. If you live in a rural area, try www.zappos.com. They have free shipping and free returns and ship quickly!
Every shoe under the sun is on their site. :)

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