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An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

Posted by Kathy G on 1/20/02 at 14:13 (070662)

I've had such good luck with doctors in the past. My POD is wonderful - friendly, compasssionate and an excellent doctor. My primary care physician is a great guy who doesn't really understand PF but is the first to admit it. He readily gives me referrals for my POD and is supportive.

Bcause my ankle sprain from October 5th was still painful and swelling, I asked for a referral to an Orthopedic Specialist. I went to a local group, well-respected but large and known to have a kind of 'factory-line' mentality. I was assured by a personal friend who works there that the doctor I requested was the best and specialized in feet. Well, he x-rayed my foot and then told me I had the ankle of a teen-ager! (If I only had the figure of a teenager!) He then went on to manually examine the ankle and exclaimed upon how tight the tendons in it are. He told me I had achilles tendonitis, which I knew, and that maybe I should try four weeks of PT to see if they could loosen the tendons and strengthen my ankle,if need be. When I asked him how that would affect my PF, he told me, 'I haven't got a clue!' Nice answer, huh?

He then went on to tell me that I probably have rheumatoid arthritis. I told him I had been tested for it and it came out negative and the my Primary Care had suggested another test 6 months after the first (should be in March). I also pointed out that I had no bi-lateral pain in any of the joints commonly affected by RA. He said, 'Well, your ankle is in bad shape.' At that point, I was so exasperated I didn't even bother to point out to him that my ankle had been fine until I sprained it!! Or that the other ankle is fine!

He did say that I might have fibromyalgia, which both my POD and Primary Care Physician believe, and he asked me if anyone had mentioned it. I told him that's why I was taking 20 mg. of Amitiptiline at bedtime. He hadn't even noticed I was taking it. What a moron!!

Anyhow, it's nice to have a place to vent!I will not, by the way, go for PT since I can do exercises to stretch my tendons myself. My experience with PT is that they are good only if you have a typical body and mine isn't. While they might fix my ankle, they will surely irritate another area of my body.

So there's another reason for everyone on these boards to see a Podiatrist and get a second opinion if they aren't happy with the first. Imagine if he had been the first and only doctor I had seen for my PF?

Thanks for offering a sympathetic ear!!

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

wendyn on 1/20/02 at 16:13 (070669)

Kathy, the arrogance of some of these specialists can be enough to drive you over the edge. I'm glad that you have other doctors you can relate to better!

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

paula on 1/20/02 at 17:29 (070682)

how about this one; i once saw an othopedic surgeon who taught me to do the wall stretch by kicking my extended leg further back with his foot and almost knocked me off my crutches. they are a delightful breed. i have a real good one now and it only took dozens to find him.

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

Suzanne D on 1/20/02 at 17:29 (070683)

What you've described is certainly FRUSTRATING to say the least! I wish you good luck in your healing! :-)

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

paula on 1/20/02 at 17:52 (070685)

how about this one; i once saw an othopedic surgeon who taught me to do the wall stretch by kicking my extended leg further back with his foot and almost knocked me off my crutches. they are a delightful breed. i have a real good one now and it only took dozens to find him.

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

wendyn on 1/20/02 at 16:13 (070669)

Kathy, the arrogance of some of these specialists can be enough to drive you over the edge. I'm glad that you have other doctors you can relate to better!

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

paula on 1/20/02 at 17:29 (070682)

how about this one; i once saw an othopedic surgeon who taught me to do the wall stretch by kicking my extended leg further back with his foot and almost knocked me off my crutches. they are a delightful breed. i have a real good one now and it only took dozens to find him.

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

Suzanne D on 1/20/02 at 17:29 (070683)

What you've described is certainly FRUSTRATING to say the least! I wish you good luck in your healing! :-)

Re: An unfeeling arrogant Orthopedic Specialist

paula on 1/20/02 at 17:52 (070685)

how about this one; i once saw an othopedic surgeon who taught me to do the wall stretch by kicking my extended leg further back with his foot and almost knocked me off my crutches. they are a delightful breed. i have a real good one now and it only took dozens to find him.