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Posted by D on 7/25/00 at 17:14 (023927)

I have another app. with a new POD Thursday. The last one, because I didn't want the cortisone shot he offered me, (the last one he gave me didn't work and hurt like you couldn't believe and blood poured from the injection hole) more or less belittled me because I didn't want the shot. This new DR. I am going to claims cortisone shots are not suppose to hurt. Has anyone ever heard of that? I have had 2 for different reason one in foot and in the wrist, and they both hurt. Anyway, because I have lived with this pain for many months now and it has effected the way I walk on my foot, is messing up my knee (because I walk on the outside of my foot, and because of the shoes that I am wearing now for my problem is now aggravating my Hanglens Deformity on the back of my feet. Pretty soon I will not be able to put a shoe on my right foot because of all these problems. What I want to know is does anyone have some wise tid-bits to offer so I don't walk into this situation not knowing my options. Like medication that can be taken, or certain shoes, or other things that might give my poor foot a rest and heal? Getting up to even go to the washroom is a big thing, but I am sure you all know what I mean by that. Thank you so much for your help.

D


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Barbara S on 7/25/00 at 18:21 (023937)

I, like you, could barely even get to the bathroom... my cortisone shot was given to me when I was totally desperate and in tons of pain anyway, so it didn't hurt as much as I thought it would - I had read some scary posts about shots. The bottom line - I experienced no relief at all, and I had two at a time (one through the top and one through the bottom). They were amazed that I limped to the counter to pay my bill-- $300!!!!! Bottom line - shots don't correct the underlying problem. Mine was a misallignment of my ankle caused by a sprain 6 months before. This was undiagnosed by 2 podiatrists. See my post on chiropractic care below. This literally helped me walk again. I now have a near normal gait and I'm using my foot properly. Something is wrong, and it will get worse if you continue to walk on your foot the wrong way. Have great hope... I'm getting better. I've done the traditional podiatrist thing and it failed me. I wish I had tried a chiropractor first, as they specialize in joints and ligaments, and often you can find a chiropractor who specializes in extremities (hand and feet). Who knew? Good luck ! B.

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Dr. Zuckerman on 7/25/00 at 18:31 (023939)

Start with Mike Wilmott's section on PF. The personal trainer is great
Barbara S message about a good chiropractor is very true. I have my own Chiropractor who is great with extremity diagnosis. I have learned alot about how to manipulate the foot. Are you male or female i will give you my shoe advice but don't know if heels are your style.
Alot of foot problems can be the ankle, knee, hip and or lower back. Your doctor must evaluate the entire lower and upper extremity. I am a foot specialist but have learned to rule out the rest of the body and to realize that the reat of the body is attached to the foot.

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D on 7/25/00 at 18:46 (023940)

This is an answer for Dr. Zuckerman, I am a female, and I have noticed if I where these boots of mine with the chunk heel that it does hurt less, but in a dress they look odd. I am open to any other suggestions if you have any. Thank you.



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D on 7/25/00 at 18:51 (023941)

Dr. Zuckerman, I forgot the one other thing. I am now limited to boots because of this Hanglen thing flare up, but if you have suggestions I will listen. Thanks D

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Dr. Zuckerman on 7/25/00 at 19:09 (023943)

I am confused about the boots. A haglund's deformity is where the back outside of the heel bone hurts. A closed boot will make this hurt more. Are you sure we are talking about the back of the heel bone ?.

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D on 7/25/00 at 19:40 (023949)

I think we are talking about the same thing (thanks for the correct spelling, it's spelt as ugly as it sounds). This is what the last POD told me I had. The boots end way about my ankle, and are just a thin soft leather. What happens when this flares up is, if I wear shoes that press that bone just right it makes this bump get much bigger and becomes red and is very painful to even touch. Did I get the correct diagnosis for this? I have just noticed that if I wear the boots there is no flare ups.

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D on 7/25/00 at 19:55 (023951)

Don't know what happened cut off my message..

it makes this bump get much bigger and becomes red and is very painful to even touch. Did I get the correct diagnosis for this? I have just noticed that if I wear them there is no flare ups.


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Dr. Zuckerman on 7/25/00 at 20:35 (023955)

You got the correct diagnosis. How about adding a 1/4 inch heel to the outside of the boot or place thin plastic heel cups in the shoe. This will raise the heel slighly and hold the heel bone in place so that bone doesn't rock inside the shoe and imflame the foot. I will send you these 50 cent cups just give me your address. They are the cheapest product around and can work.

Re: HELP

Barbara S on 7/25/00 at 18:21 (023937)

I, like you, could barely even get to the bathroom... my cortisone shot was given to me when I was totally desperate and in tons of pain anyway, so it didn't hurt as much as I thought it would - I had read some scary posts about shots. The bottom line - I experienced no relief at all, and I had two at a time (one through the top and one through the bottom). They were amazed that I limped to the counter to pay my bill-- $300!!!!! Bottom line - shots don't correct the underlying problem. Mine was a misallignment of my ankle caused by a sprain 6 months before. This was undiagnosed by 2 podiatrists. See my post on chiropractic care below. This literally helped me walk again. I now have a near normal gait and I'm using my foot properly. Something is wrong, and it will get worse if you continue to walk on your foot the wrong way. Have great hope... I'm getting better. I've done the traditional podiatrist thing and it failed me. I wish I had tried a chiropractor first, as they specialize in joints and ligaments, and often you can find a chiropractor who specializes in extremities (hand and feet). Who knew? Good luck ! B.

Re: HELP

Dr. Zuckerman on 7/25/00 at 18:31 (023939)

Start with Mike Wilmott's section on PF. The personal trainer is great
Barbara S message about a good chiropractor is very true. I have my own Chiropractor who is great with extremity diagnosis. I have learned alot about how to manipulate the foot. Are you male or female i will give you my shoe advice but don't know if heels are your style.
Alot of foot problems can be the ankle, knee, hip and or lower back. Your doctor must evaluate the entire lower and upper extremity. I am a foot specialist but have learned to rule out the rest of the body and to realize that the reat of the body is attached to the foot.

Re: HELP

D on 7/25/00 at 18:46 (023940)

This is an answer for Dr. Zuckerman, I am a female, and I have noticed if I where these boots of mine with the chunk heel that it does hurt less, but in a dress they look odd. I am open to any other suggestions if you have any. Thank you.



Re: HELP

D on 7/25/00 at 18:51 (023941)

Dr. Zuckerman, I forgot the one other thing. I am now limited to boots because of this Hanglen thing flare up, but if you have suggestions I will listen. Thanks D

Re: HELP

Dr. Zuckerman on 7/25/00 at 19:09 (023943)

I am confused about the boots. A haglund's deformity is where the back outside of the heel bone hurts. A closed boot will make this hurt more. Are you sure we are talking about the back of the heel bone ?.

Re: HELP

D on 7/25/00 at 19:40 (023949)

I think we are talking about the same thing (thanks for the correct spelling, it's spelt as ugly as it sounds). This is what the last POD told me I had. The boots end way about my ankle, and are just a thin soft leather. What happens when this flares up is, if I wear shoes that press that bone just right it makes this bump get much bigger and becomes red and is very painful to even touch. Did I get the correct diagnosis for this? I have just noticed that if I wear the boots there is no flare ups.

Re: HELP

D on 7/25/00 at 19:55 (023951)

Don't know what happened cut off my message..

it makes this bump get much bigger and becomes red and is very painful to even touch. Did I get the correct diagnosis for this? I have just noticed that if I wear them there is no flare ups.


Re: HELP

Dr. Zuckerman on 7/25/00 at 20:35 (023955)

You got the correct diagnosis. How about adding a 1/4 inch heel to the outside of the boot or place thin plastic heel cups in the shoe. This will raise the heel slighly and hold the heel bone in place so that bone doesn't rock inside the shoe and imflame the foot. I will send you these 50 cent cups just give me your address. They are the cheapest product around and can work.