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Difference between POD and Ortho???

Posted by Pat M on 7/12/00 at 21:08 (023249)

Hello everyone,
I have been reading all of your posts and have really enjoyed some and have been sad for some, but reading really helps me put things into perspective.
My question of the day is this: What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedist? What can the ortho do differently for me? (OOPS that's 2 again.)
I have approval to see an ortho. I don't know when yet, but I do know that I will be going. What should I look for? I am not going into this with my hopes too high, but at this point I am just about ready for anything. You know, school starts on August 7th. I am worse that I was before school was out this year. I almost cry everytime I think about going back to school in this shape.
I have been in pain, but it has been pretty bareable up until a few weeks ago. Today I went to the grocery store. I bought $21.00 worth of groceries. (you know how long that took.) I really shudder to think of 8 hours with 20 2nd graders. Oh well, I ramble. I really just want to know if there is anything I should be prepared for with the orthopedist. Someone did ask the question 'Why go to a bone doctor with an inflamation problem?' I guess I'm kind of wondering about that too. Thanks for any information that your vast knowledge and experience can give me.:)

Pat M


Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Lori R. on 7/12/00 at 21:25 (023252)

I had the same question for several months and I felt that since I couldn't decide I would go to no one. I have been seeing a massage therapist for 2 1/2 months and have had great relief. But I wasn't cured and i told this to a friend at our beach club and he introduced me to a woman who was a pod. and I talked to her and she herself was a runner and I thought she knew a lot. I wanted orthotics because I knew I wanted arch supports and I put my foot in someone else's and my foot felt good. good luck with the ortho??

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho??? THE DIFFERENCE IS VAST!

Beverly on 7/12/00 at 23:45 (023255)

A orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor who goes on to specialize in orthopedics. In other words, he is an M.D. and a specialist. A podiatrist goes to podiatry school but does not get the extensive 'whole body' medical training that a regular medical doctor gets. A pod is not an M.D.

Best of luck,
Beverly


Re: Difference between POD and Ortho??? THE DIFFERENCE IS VAST!

Pat M on 7/13/00 at 00:10 (023256)

Beverly,
Thanks, so the ortho actually has more medical training? Gee, it seems that that would be the logical first choice. No wonder my GP seemed to know more about PF than the pod. O.K. Maybe it will be better than the POD. Thanks again. Pat M

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

john h on 7/13/00 at 09:36 (023262)

if you go to an orthopedic surgeon try and find one who has a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. your general orthopedic surgeon who treats all orthopedic problems will be much less familiar with your problem.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho??? THE DIFFERENCE IS VAST!

john h on 7/13/00 at 09:46 (023264)

i at one time would never considered a Poditrist for my foot problems or surgery but have since changed my mind. A good Poditrist sees infinitely more foot problems than a GP and probably many more than an Ortho unless he is a foot and ankle surgeon. A Poditrist generally speaking performs many more PF type surgeries than an ortho and experience is one of the keys to any successful surgery. If i had a complex foot surgery i would probably choose an orthopedic surgeon which i did when i had PF,TTS, and a chelictomy. I am now of the opinion that a 'good' and 'experienced' poditist could have done just as good a job as my ortho. From all i have read i am still not a believer in surgery thru a scope on the foot which is predominatly performed by poditrist. many poditrist are in fact dropping this type of surgery in favor of minimal invasive surgery. you will find both good and bad doctors in both areas so the key is to do some research and get a 2nd opinion.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Steve P on 7/13/00 at 19:02 (023284)

My first choice is Sports Medicine, which is usually centered around Orthopedic MDs but often includes (or is affiliated with) Podiatrists & Physical Therapists. You get a team approach, which I think is particularly valuable.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

sue g. on 7/14/00 at 00:55 (023301)

Pat, I can sympathize with you. I start school on the 7th as well. I know this is off the subject you started with but as far as school goes, I can only suggest getting a really good chair with wheels, a couple of good pairs of shoes and a lot of patience. Running after second graders is hard work (I work with first graders)! Does your employer or any other teachers on your grade level know you are dealing with pf? Do you have an assistant who can run the kids to special area and/or lunch? You need to plan to be off your feet as much as possible. I wish good things for you!

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Pat M on 7/14/00 at 08:56 (023312)

Hi Sue,
I got the chair with wheels last year. I broke down and bought it around April. It does help. I just move it to whatever location that I need to be for a while. It is also height adjustable, so is great for the overhead projector as well.
As far as assistants - we have one per grade level and I work with a wonderful group of teachers. However, sometimes I feel that I ask too much of them as far as taking my kids different places. I'm pretty sure that they are hoping that I come back in better shape than I left, too. Oh well, we'll work it out some how.
I really wonder just how I'm going to be within the next few weeks. Just getting really antsy about it all. As a teacher, you know that the job doesn't actually start on the 7th. It's almost time to begin the work of putting my room together. Hmmm.
Thanks for your input and have a good last few weeks.
Pat M.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

SuzanneK on 7/14/00 at 11:52 (023323)

Hello Pat! I am a 3rd grade teacher and VERY independent. It was really hard for me to ask for help last year when I was in so much pain. However, my teammates took it upon themselves to TELL me they were going to walk my kids everywhere. Then I rented a wheelchair to use in the hallwways. (My room is at the extreme end of the building!) The kids loved to have a turn at 'pushing me around' and it eased my guilty feelings about asking for help. The wheelchair didn't help enough, and I ended up having surgery when school was out. I am still not 100%. I know that when I go back to school, I will have to limit my activity. I am determined to take frequent breaks, ask fo help with setting up my room (I have a former student who is dying to push furniture around and put up bulletin boards for me) and just generally take it easier than I usually do. As for when school starts, I will start off the year sitting on my duff and moving around the room as little as possible. My principal knows of my foot problems and is very supportive. I have come to realize I am not SuperTeacher and that is ok. Took a while, though!

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Pat M. on 7/14/00 at 12:20 (023324)

Hello Suzanne,
Boy can I relate. It is very hard to slow down. So much of teaching now is entertainment and it is hard to do it all from a chair. I know all the lower grade level teachers out there completely understand. I have been very surprised at the amount of teachers on this board. Good luck with your school year.
I just talked to my doctor's office and have a new doctor to see on Tuesday. I hope he helps. He is at a very good clinic, so maybe he will stand up to the clinic's reputation.
Thanks and feel better,
Pat M.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Lori R. on 7/12/00 at 21:25 (023252)

I had the same question for several months and I felt that since I couldn't decide I would go to no one. I have been seeing a massage therapist for 2 1/2 months and have had great relief. But I wasn't cured and i told this to a friend at our beach club and he introduced me to a woman who was a pod. and I talked to her and she herself was a runner and I thought she knew a lot. I wanted orthotics because I knew I wanted arch supports and I put my foot in someone else's and my foot felt good. good luck with the ortho??

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho??? THE DIFFERENCE IS VAST!

Beverly on 7/12/00 at 23:45 (023255)

A orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor who goes on to specialize in orthopedics. In other words, he is an M.D. and a specialist. A podiatrist goes to podiatry school but does not get the extensive 'whole body' medical training that a regular medical doctor gets. A pod is not an M.D.

Best of luck,
Beverly


Re: Difference between POD and Ortho??? THE DIFFERENCE IS VAST!

Pat M on 7/13/00 at 00:10 (023256)

Beverly,
Thanks, so the ortho actually has more medical training? Gee, it seems that that would be the logical first choice. No wonder my GP seemed to know more about PF than the pod. O.K. Maybe it will be better than the POD. Thanks again. Pat M

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

john h on 7/13/00 at 09:36 (023262)

if you go to an orthopedic surgeon try and find one who has a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. your general orthopedic surgeon who treats all orthopedic problems will be much less familiar with your problem.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho??? THE DIFFERENCE IS VAST!

john h on 7/13/00 at 09:46 (023264)

i at one time would never considered a Poditrist for my foot problems or surgery but have since changed my mind. A good Poditrist sees infinitely more foot problems than a GP and probably many more than an Ortho unless he is a foot and ankle surgeon. A Poditrist generally speaking performs many more PF type surgeries than an ortho and experience is one of the keys to any successful surgery. If i had a complex foot surgery i would probably choose an orthopedic surgeon which i did when i had PF,TTS, and a chelictomy. I am now of the opinion that a 'good' and 'experienced' poditist could have done just as good a job as my ortho. From all i have read i am still not a believer in surgery thru a scope on the foot which is predominatly performed by poditrist. many poditrist are in fact dropping this type of surgery in favor of minimal invasive surgery. you will find both good and bad doctors in both areas so the key is to do some research and get a 2nd opinion.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Steve P on 7/13/00 at 19:02 (023284)

My first choice is Sports Medicine, which is usually centered around Orthopedic MDs but often includes (or is affiliated with) Podiatrists & Physical Therapists. You get a team approach, which I think is particularly valuable.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

sue g. on 7/14/00 at 00:55 (023301)

Pat, I can sympathize with you. I start school on the 7th as well. I know this is off the subject you started with but as far as school goes, I can only suggest getting a really good chair with wheels, a couple of good pairs of shoes and a lot of patience. Running after second graders is hard work (I work with first graders)! Does your employer or any other teachers on your grade level know you are dealing with pf? Do you have an assistant who can run the kids to special area and/or lunch? You need to plan to be off your feet as much as possible. I wish good things for you!

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Pat M on 7/14/00 at 08:56 (023312)

Hi Sue,
I got the chair with wheels last year. I broke down and bought it around April. It does help. I just move it to whatever location that I need to be for a while. It is also height adjustable, so is great for the overhead projector as well.
As far as assistants - we have one per grade level and I work with a wonderful group of teachers. However, sometimes I feel that I ask too much of them as far as taking my kids different places. I'm pretty sure that they are hoping that I come back in better shape than I left, too. Oh well, we'll work it out some how.
I really wonder just how I'm going to be within the next few weeks. Just getting really antsy about it all. As a teacher, you know that the job doesn't actually start on the 7th. It's almost time to begin the work of putting my room together. Hmmm.
Thanks for your input and have a good last few weeks.
Pat M.

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

SuzanneK on 7/14/00 at 11:52 (023323)

Hello Pat! I am a 3rd grade teacher and VERY independent. It was really hard for me to ask for help last year when I was in so much pain. However, my teammates took it upon themselves to TELL me they were going to walk my kids everywhere. Then I rented a wheelchair to use in the hallwways. (My room is at the extreme end of the building!) The kids loved to have a turn at 'pushing me around' and it eased my guilty feelings about asking for help. The wheelchair didn't help enough, and I ended up having surgery when school was out. I am still not 100%. I know that when I go back to school, I will have to limit my activity. I am determined to take frequent breaks, ask fo help with setting up my room (I have a former student who is dying to push furniture around and put up bulletin boards for me) and just generally take it easier than I usually do. As for when school starts, I will start off the year sitting on my duff and moving around the room as little as possible. My principal knows of my foot problems and is very supportive. I have come to realize I am not SuperTeacher and that is ok. Took a while, though!

Re: Difference between POD and Ortho???

Pat M. on 7/14/00 at 12:20 (023324)

Hello Suzanne,
Boy can I relate. It is very hard to slow down. So much of teaching now is entertainment and it is hard to do it all from a chair. I know all the lower grade level teachers out there completely understand. I have been very surprised at the amount of teachers on this board. Good luck with your school year.
I just talked to my doctor's office and have a new doctor to see on Tuesday. I hope he helps. He is at a very good clinic, so maybe he will stand up to the clinic's reputation.
Thanks and feel better,
Pat M.