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New guy (long message)

Posted by Rob on 1/21/00 at 00:00 (014999)

My feet hurt, so I went to the P.A. (whatever that is) where I work. He gave me a prescription for some anti-inflammatory medicine after taking x-rays. It didnt work. So then I went to a podiatrist (3 years ago) and he told me I had heel spurs, and most likely P.F. After doing a test taping with minimal results, I ordered some custom orthotics, which greatly reduced the pain, but it was still there. He told me nothing of stretching or anything else. The pain got steadily worse over the next three years. Then, I had a close call at work and had to bail off of a tank, (12 feet to a concrete floor) to keep from being burned. I saw a bone and joint doctor after this incident, and he gave me the same prescription (which I didnt even bother with). Yesterday, I went back to the same podiatrist, and he wanted to tape me up again and give me that same prescription. Is it me, or are these doctors all quacks? By the way, I got a lot of good info on this site. Sorry so long, and any help is appreciated.

Re: New guy (long message)/ Reply

Elise M. on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015007)

Dear Rob,
Welcome...Glad you're okay after yesterdays mishap. If you read back far enough in these postings, you'll find that most of us have seen our share of 'quacks'. I'd like to think they're just uneducated in the area of PF and they tend to grasp at straws when treating something they have very little comprehension of. Medicine has become a field where treating symptoms is easier and cheaper than finding the cause of the symptoms.The insurance companies have made it almost impossible for a good physician to take the time to properly diagnose and treat anything. The Primary care physician is allotted just so much money as her/his own. If referrals are needed, it comes out of the Primary Care Physicians own allottment. In essence, the PCP is penalized financially for referring you out to a specialist. I happen to have a very good physician who doesn't care about the almighty dollar and cares more how she handles illnesses/injuries. Between her knowledge and openmindedness to access info in this website, we've been able to eliminate the need for expensive referrals and expensive treatments with a very nice degree of success. She has been willing to hear me out, try new things I've learned in here and the outcome has been an 80% turnaround in the way I'd been feeling for the last 8 months. Glad you found this site, you're on a journey to learn how to treat yourself and get better. Stay tuned, there is hope........Elise

Re: New guy (long message)

alan k on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015010)

You should have a bonescan to eliminate or confirm the presence of fractures in your foot bones.

Yes, it seems your doctors are not pursuing everything possible. You need to get more aggressive, read this website more thoroughly (your apology for a 'long message' shows you are not yet too familiar with the site-- your message was average size).

I have HMO coverage and the economics Elise describes may be at work in my case too. Everyone seems to know exactly whats wrong with me at any given moment-- even though it changes regularly-- and there is no reason to get curious about it and refer me anywhere.

Your hunch is right. Get yourself somehow into the care of someone who is going to figure this out for you.


alan k



Re: New guy (long message)

john h on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015014)

a P.A. is a physican assistant. the keyword being assisant. you need to see a different doctor!

Re: New guy (long message)/ Reply

Elise M. on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015007)

Dear Rob,
Welcome...Glad you're okay after yesterdays mishap. If you read back far enough in these postings, you'll find that most of us have seen our share of 'quacks'. I'd like to think they're just uneducated in the area of PF and they tend to grasp at straws when treating something they have very little comprehension of. Medicine has become a field where treating symptoms is easier and cheaper than finding the cause of the symptoms.The insurance companies have made it almost impossible for a good physician to take the time to properly diagnose and treat anything. The Primary care physician is allotted just so much money as her/his own. If referrals are needed, it comes out of the Primary Care Physicians own allottment. In essence, the PCP is penalized financially for referring you out to a specialist. I happen to have a very good physician who doesn't care about the almighty dollar and cares more how she handles illnesses/injuries. Between her knowledge and openmindedness to access info in this website, we've been able to eliminate the need for expensive referrals and expensive treatments with a very nice degree of success. She has been willing to hear me out, try new things I've learned in here and the outcome has been an 80% turnaround in the way I'd been feeling for the last 8 months. Glad you found this site, you're on a journey to learn how to treat yourself and get better. Stay tuned, there is hope........Elise

Re: New guy (long message)

alan k on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015010)

You should have a bonescan to eliminate or confirm the presence of fractures in your foot bones.

Yes, it seems your doctors are not pursuing everything possible. You need to get more aggressive, read this website more thoroughly (your apology for a 'long message' shows you are not yet too familiar with the site-- your message was average size).

I have HMO coverage and the economics Elise describes may be at work in my case too. Everyone seems to know exactly whats wrong with me at any given moment-- even though it changes regularly-- and there is no reason to get curious about it and refer me anywhere.

Your hunch is right. Get yourself somehow into the care of someone who is going to figure this out for you.


alan k



Re: New guy (long message)

john h on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015014)

a P.A. is a physican assistant. the keyword being assisant. you need to see a different doctor!