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My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

Posted by Helene M on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017027)

I recently had a big set-back, which has forced me to stay out of work for several days to rest my feet. Can hardly walk. Ever since this flare-up 2 months ago, which was triggered by new orthotics with a too-high arch, I've been in a downward spiral, with a number of setbacks. I'm trying to keep my chin up but it's not easy right now. My podiatrist does not seem to have any conception of how bad this is, though he did sign for a temporary, 3-month handicapped parking sticker. The sticker is not good for parking on city streets, however. I am now in fear of losing my job if I cannot go back to the office. I work in a big city (NYC) & obviously cannot take public transportation at this time. I had been driving to work for a while, despite the tremendous expense to park daily in a garage, but my feet have now started to hurt too much to step on the pedals so now I can't drive, either. I believe the driving has actually aggravated the PF, which was trying to heal. (However, get this, my podiatrist said that can't be true!) Has anyone lost their job from this & applied for state disability on a temporary basis? I know I can't apply for unemployment, since I don't feel able to work right now, let alone get to the unemployment office. My podiatrist advised me to see a physiatrist (doctor of physical medicine) so I can go on record of having this problem, in case I need to collect disability. Is this sound advice? I know nothing about this but need to learn fast! I'm sure some of you have been in a similar situation & can tell me what I need to do. I'd appreciate any comments whatsoever. Thanks!

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

wendyn on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017029)

Let me assure you - driving is extremely painful for many of us (you are NOT losing your mind) (Yet). In some people(myself included) it can get so bad that it actually causes nausea or vomiting. I don't know about your laws and such - but you really need to get another opinion, preferably from an orthapedic surgeon that deals a lot with feet.

Your podiatrist sounds very uncaring.

Hang in there...I'm sure you'll get lots of other helpful suggestions.


Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

Scott R on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017032)

I did a search on Helene M to pull up everything she has posted. Then I used 'Find' in the 'edit' menu to search for the word ' tape'. She doesn't mention it, so I wonder if she could have been 'all-but-cured' like I have been by using tape as described in the main document. I try to emphasize that any serious cases should try the tape as shown. It's rare to see a serious case that has tried tape (by the method shown, not simply by relying on a doctor).

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

Kim B. on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017033)

Lose that Podiatrist! When my PF is severely flaired up, I can feel it stretching (not in a good way) when I have to drive.

I was under the care of a good Physiatrist for my Fibromyalgia (FM)problems, and they are highly skilled specialist. They are also known as 'sports medicine doctors' The right one will probably do you a lot of good. I just don't know if I trust your pod as a good referal source, but I would definately go see someone, anyone else besides the pod you are currently seeing. He is getting you nowhere.

Disabiliy issures are hard to call. I will say that having your illness properly documented is probably good advice if you plan to pursue a disability claim. Check with the social security administration to find out what the requirements for temporary disability are. Also, check to see if they have a web site, there may be some info there.

Good luck, I hope you feel better soon.
Kim B.


Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!RE Helene M

Laurie R on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017034)

Hi Helene,

Ok you had asked if anyone has losted there job due to this,yes I have.I have had PF for 9 months now and I also have TTS.I had a real good job for 4 years.What happen was I twisted my foot at work and went out on workmans comp I have been off for 5 months now.In Jan I was released to try to go back to work (MOD) and my head boss said no way and for me to look for other job,I told him that was against the law because it was job related he didn't care.Well it work out for me anyways because I ended up in more pain and TTS and I would not of been able to work anyways.But at the time I thought the nerve of this guy.I do still recive workmans comp because all my doctors said it was work related.I am a bartender and I would work 8 to 10 hours a night with no brakes.Also they would makes us jump up and down to grab the bottles from the top shelfs.Is yours due to your job in any way?

You also said that your Podiatrist wants you to go see a Physiatrist so you could go on record of having this problem to collect disabilty? This does not make any sence to me.Why can't your pod put you on disability?All he has to do is tell them you can not work due to your PF and they have to pay you.

And the driving thing,ok sometimes it is so painful for me to drive it can really aggravate the nerves in my foot and when you step on the gas peddle that can be the worst.

Have you thought about going to a new doctor? Are you saying your doctor doesn't belive you?I will tell you I sure belive you because it has happen to me more than once.....

I hope I helped you in some way.I hope everything works out for you and best of luck to you.Please let us know..Laurie R


Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help! /Reply

Elise M. on 3/09/00 at 00:00 (017042)

Dear Helene,
You have my sympathy. I was almost unable to walk about a year ago and it took quite a while to get better. I tried applying for disability but in this state (ME) there is no such thing as partial/temporary disability. They say either you are disabled or you're not and in this state, you have to be umemployable for a year before benefits will kick in. Let your boss fire you, then you can collect unemployment benefits, and most of the time, it's done over the phone. You might have to make one trip to the unemployment office to sign papers. After that, it's all in the mail. Make sure you take copies of everything, document every remark he's made to you including dates and times, etc. Then find yourself a good Workmans Comp lawyer. My lawyer got me through the worst of times and helped me get the benefits I deserved. I hope this helps some. Feel better and don't give up hope...............Elise

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

john h on 3/09/00 at 00:00 (017048)

i have never posted anything about driving but have often thought about it. my left foot rest at an awkward angle while driving. my foot sort of rest on the outside edge of the foot. i do not have pain while driving but have often wondered if having a foot in such a position could create problems.

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

rickb on 3/10/00 at 00:00 (017096)

just so you know that the fact that you cant drive may not be grounds for disability unless your dirving for a living. your employer is not responsable for getting you to work. if your pf is work related or prvents you from working you have a case.
my wife and i both have pf hers is very sevear mine not so bad but i do have custom orthos and still have some pain. we feel driveing has agravated our problems but the main problem is from standing at our jobs. we both have workers comp cases approved already.

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

wendyn on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017029)

Let me assure you - driving is extremely painful for many of us (you are NOT losing your mind) (Yet). In some people(myself included) it can get so bad that it actually causes nausea or vomiting. I don't know about your laws and such - but you really need to get another opinion, preferably from an orthapedic surgeon that deals a lot with feet.

Your podiatrist sounds very uncaring.

Hang in there...I'm sure you'll get lots of other helpful suggestions.


Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

Scott R on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017032)

I did a search on Helene M to pull up everything she has posted. Then I used 'Find' in the 'edit' menu to search for the word ' tape'. She doesn't mention it, so I wonder if she could have been 'all-but-cured' like I have been by using tape as described in the main document. I try to emphasize that any serious cases should try the tape as shown. It's rare to see a serious case that has tried tape (by the method shown, not simply by relying on a doctor).

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

Kim B. on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017033)

Lose that Podiatrist! When my PF is severely flaired up, I can feel it stretching (not in a good way) when I have to drive.

I was under the care of a good Physiatrist for my Fibromyalgia (FM)problems, and they are highly skilled specialist. They are also known as 'sports medicine doctors' The right one will probably do you a lot of good. I just don't know if I trust your pod as a good referal source, but I would definately go see someone, anyone else besides the pod you are currently seeing. He is getting you nowhere.

Disabiliy issures are hard to call. I will say that having your illness properly documented is probably good advice if you plan to pursue a disability claim. Check with the social security administration to find out what the requirements for temporary disability are. Also, check to see if they have a web site, there may be some info there.

Good luck, I hope you feel better soon.
Kim B.


Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!RE Helene M

Laurie R on 3/08/00 at 00:00 (017034)

Hi Helene,

Ok you had asked if anyone has losted there job due to this,yes I have.I have had PF for 9 months now and I also have TTS.I had a real good job for 4 years.What happen was I twisted my foot at work and went out on workmans comp I have been off for 5 months now.In Jan I was released to try to go back to work (MOD) and my head boss said no way and for me to look for other job,I told him that was against the law because it was job related he didn't care.Well it work out for me anyways because I ended up in more pain and TTS and I would not of been able to work anyways.But at the time I thought the nerve of this guy.I do still recive workmans comp because all my doctors said it was work related.I am a bartender and I would work 8 to 10 hours a night with no brakes.Also they would makes us jump up and down to grab the bottles from the top shelfs.Is yours due to your job in any way?

You also said that your Podiatrist wants you to go see a Physiatrist so you could go on record of having this problem to collect disabilty? This does not make any sence to me.Why can't your pod put you on disability?All he has to do is tell them you can not work due to your PF and they have to pay you.

And the driving thing,ok sometimes it is so painful for me to drive it can really aggravate the nerves in my foot and when you step on the gas peddle that can be the worst.

Have you thought about going to a new doctor? Are you saying your doctor doesn't belive you?I will tell you I sure belive you because it has happen to me more than once.....

I hope I helped you in some way.I hope everything works out for you and best of luck to you.Please let us know..Laurie R


Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help! /Reply

Elise M. on 3/09/00 at 00:00 (017042)

Dear Helene,
You have my sympathy. I was almost unable to walk about a year ago and it took quite a while to get better. I tried applying for disability but in this state (ME) there is no such thing as partial/temporary disability. They say either you are disabled or you're not and in this state, you have to be umemployable for a year before benefits will kick in. Let your boss fire you, then you can collect unemployment benefits, and most of the time, it's done over the phone. You might have to make one trip to the unemployment office to sign papers. After that, it's all in the mail. Make sure you take copies of everything, document every remark he's made to you including dates and times, etc. Then find yourself a good Workmans Comp lawyer. My lawyer got me through the worst of times and helped me get the benefits I deserved. I hope this helps some. Feel better and don't give up hope...............Elise

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

john h on 3/09/00 at 00:00 (017048)

i have never posted anything about driving but have often thought about it. my left foot rest at an awkward angle while driving. my foot sort of rest on the outside edge of the foot. i do not have pain while driving but have often wondered if having a foot in such a position could create problems.

Re: My predicament - Need advice - Please help!

rickb on 3/10/00 at 00:00 (017096)

just so you know that the fact that you cant drive may not be grounds for disability unless your dirving for a living. your employer is not responsable for getting you to work. if your pf is work related or prvents you from working you have a case.
my wife and i both have pf hers is very sevear mine not so bad but i do have custom orthos and still have some pain. we feel driveing has agravated our problems but the main problem is from standing at our jobs. we both have workers comp cases approved already.