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Are all podiatrists alike?

Posted by Mary on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008281)

I got my 2nd cortisone shot today. The podiatrist insisted that it was necessary for treatment. Gave me stretching exercise for calf - leaning against the wall. Will make an orthotic for foot when insurance approves it. Are all podiatrists the same? He was very annoyed with my questions (I got most from reading info on this site) and said that 80% of his patients have this and he knows what he is doing. He seemed to resent my questions. I asked about icing the foot (I have pain in left foot/heel) and he said that I don't need to do that. He also said not to bother with special shoes. He said that orthotics, cortisone and stretching will do it. I am a very new patient (2 weeks)and hate to switch doctors now (Insurance does not like to do that), but I am very turned off by his style. I guess style doesn't matter if he is treating me properly. Any suggestions?

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Landis Carr on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008283)

Mary,
You are describing my Podiatrist exactly.I have had this problem with my foot for about 2 months. I initially attributed it to some form of arthritis.I had to quit playing golg.Could'nt take my dog for his morning walk and was generally becoming immobile.My Doctor referred me to a Podiatrist and I was amazed at his lack of interest in educating me on the subject.He apparently diagnosed it correctly as Plantar Fasciitis.He said I needed an anti-inflammatory shot in my heel.No instructions.No advice .Nothing.He said to make an appointment to come back in 30 days.I have now canceled that appointment and am looking to venues such as this one to solve my problem.

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Bea on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008286)

Run, repeat, run do not walk away for this guy. Doctors are suppose to help and any one that treats you in this manner should be dismissed The fact that he insisted on the Cortizone and is not listening to you. 80% of his patients have this, how many has he cured? The info you get on this board is much more reliable than anything that fool says/

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

wendy on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008287)

Are you in Florida...that sounds exactly like the pod. I went to. No stretches, no ice, keep on exercising, and spend my money at his office! After 5 shots, I wised up and have not been back, but have been trying many of the recommendations on this board.

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Mary on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008291)

Wendy, I am in South Florida, my Doctor is in Coral Springs. I guess it's time to find a new one.

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Robin on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008293)

I agree with Bea and others. This guy is not helping you. My podiatrist didn't help me either -- although he was considerably less intrusive than the podiatrists described here. He just wanted to make me $400 orthotics and nothing else.

Cortisone is not treatment. Repeated shots can damage you. Cortisone is strictly to relieve the inflamation long enough that the tissue can heal (and that's tough when you're on your feet all the time).

My suggestion would be to consider an orthopedic surgeon or specialist who deals with lower extremities. Even there, you gotta' shop around a bit and try several out.


Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Sarah on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008296)

Listen to Bea. Mine, who is a surgical podiatrist with a Sports Med group, has made it very clear that ice is important as well as stretching ect. My first cortisone shots were given by a friend who is a podiatrist over Thanksgiving, not my regular doctor. My regualr dr. was very upset with me. Ultimately he gave me 1 more cortisone shot in my right foot which was still not responding to physical therapy. It has helped, but I don't push my luck. I'm with the rest who have posted...FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR!!!!

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Jane on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008333)

No, they are not all alike! Mine is terrific - very caring and sympathetic. Keep looking. There's got to be a good one someplace near where you live.

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Dr. Larry Huppin on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008346)

As a podiatrist, I agree with the other suggestions - if your doctor is not answering your questions, then dump him.

As you will find in all medical specialties (and all professions for that matter) some are great, some good, some not so good and so on.

In treating plantar fasciitis, the most important service we provide for our patients is education. There are many effective toolsfor treating pfitis - shoes, ice, stretching, OTC arch supports, orthotics, etc. - all have certain benefits and limitations. The job of your podiatrist should be to help you sort through the various treatments availble in order to provide relief in the most conservative manner possible.

Ask around. This is a common problem. You'll find someone who has a podiatirst who communicates well.


Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

andi k on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008368)

My pod gave my 3 shots (the last 2 were given at the same time in different spots on my heal). He told me I could continue with my exercise, just take it a little easy. If I would have rested my foot and let the heal heel, I wouldn't have been in such a bad way later on. What was the sense of giving me these shots if I wasn't going to rest it after? I know more now since I've found this site and the most important thing for you is to find a doctor you feel that you can trust. Good luck!

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Landis Carr on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008283)

Mary,
You are describing my Podiatrist exactly.I have had this problem with my foot for about 2 months. I initially attributed it to some form of arthritis.I had to quit playing golg.Could'nt take my dog for his morning walk and was generally becoming immobile.My Doctor referred me to a Podiatrist and I was amazed at his lack of interest in educating me on the subject.He apparently diagnosed it correctly as Plantar Fasciitis.He said I needed an anti-inflammatory shot in my heel.No instructions.No advice .Nothing.He said to make an appointment to come back in 30 days.I have now canceled that appointment and am looking to venues such as this one to solve my problem.

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Bea on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008286)

Run, repeat, run do not walk away for this guy. Doctors are suppose to help and any one that treats you in this manner should be dismissed The fact that he insisted on the Cortizone and is not listening to you. 80% of his patients have this, how many has he cured? The info you get on this board is much more reliable than anything that fool says/

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

wendy on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008287)

Are you in Florida...that sounds exactly like the pod. I went to. No stretches, no ice, keep on exercising, and spend my money at his office! After 5 shots, I wised up and have not been back, but have been trying many of the recommendations on this board.

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Mary on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008291)

Wendy, I am in South Florida, my Doctor is in Coral Springs. I guess it's time to find a new one.

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Robin on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008293)

I agree with Bea and others. This guy is not helping you. My podiatrist didn't help me either -- although he was considerably less intrusive than the podiatrists described here. He just wanted to make me $400 orthotics and nothing else.

Cortisone is not treatment. Repeated shots can damage you. Cortisone is strictly to relieve the inflamation long enough that the tissue can heal (and that's tough when you're on your feet all the time).

My suggestion would be to consider an orthopedic surgeon or specialist who deals with lower extremities. Even there, you gotta' shop around a bit and try several out.


Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Sarah on 6/28/99 at 00:00 (008296)

Listen to Bea. Mine, who is a surgical podiatrist with a Sports Med group, has made it very clear that ice is important as well as stretching ect. My first cortisone shots were given by a friend who is a podiatrist over Thanksgiving, not my regular doctor. My regualr dr. was very upset with me. Ultimately he gave me 1 more cortisone shot in my right foot which was still not responding to physical therapy. It has helped, but I don't push my luck. I'm with the rest who have posted...FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR!!!!

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Jane on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008333)

No, they are not all alike! Mine is terrific - very caring and sympathetic. Keep looking. There's got to be a good one someplace near where you live.

Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

Dr. Larry Huppin on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008346)

As a podiatrist, I agree with the other suggestions - if your doctor is not answering your questions, then dump him.

As you will find in all medical specialties (and all professions for that matter) some are great, some good, some not so good and so on.

In treating plantar fasciitis, the most important service we provide for our patients is education. There are many effective toolsfor treating pfitis - shoes, ice, stretching, OTC arch supports, orthotics, etc. - all have certain benefits and limitations. The job of your podiatrist should be to help you sort through the various treatments availble in order to provide relief in the most conservative manner possible.

Ask around. This is a common problem. You'll find someone who has a podiatirst who communicates well.


Re: Are all podiatrists alike?

andi k on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008368)

My pod gave my 3 shots (the last 2 were given at the same time in different spots on my heal). He told me I could continue with my exercise, just take it a little easy. If I would have rested my foot and let the heal heel, I wouldn't have been in such a bad way later on. What was the sense of giving me these shots if I wasn't going to rest it after? I know more now since I've found this site and the most important thing for you is to find a doctor you feel that you can trust. Good luck!