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Posted by BEVERLY on 10/30/02 at 10:42 (098663)

Good Afternoon,
I have a question about heel spur- i just recently went to a podiatrist and as soon as i sat in the chair and talked with him he diagnost me with heel spur. He did no xray or any deep examination of my foot. I told him i was trying to lose weight and that i had been walking a lot more than usual. I am way over my weight limit and i know that i desperately need to lose the weight, but if it is painful for me to walk, even after the cortison shot in my heel, what am i suppose to do. I also explained to him that the pain was not only in my heel area but most of my left foot, ankle and my knee area is in a lot of pain. The doctor did give me heel pads which are uncomfortable, but he did not really exam me the way i thought a podiatrist would. I sat in the chair and was out in less than five minutes. the bottom line for his cure for me was to lose weight and take advil for pain. I am beginning to think that he made a pre-judgement on me and just said okay she is fat that is her problem, without examing anything else. Please help!!! What should I do and How can I know if I am getting proper treatment?

Thanks.

Re: heel spur

Julie on 10/30/02 at 16:25 (098694)

I'm not a doctor, Beverly, just a recovered survivor of PF. You ask what you should do. Two things. Forget about your unfortunate experience with this unsympathetic and (I would say) negligent podiatrist, and seek out another one quickly. You're right: you are entitled to expect a full consultation, examination, diagnosis, and treatment plan.

Second, read the heel pain book on this site. You'll find it helpful, and you'll find these message boards helpful too.

Weight is often a factor with PF, but not necessarily the only one. There may be biomechanical problems that need addressing with custom orthotics.

Icing will help to reduce inflammation. Rest your feet as much as possible. Don't go barefoot, ever.

Re: heel spur

Dr Zuckerman on 10/30/02 at 19:35 (098711)

Hello,

If he won't place his hands on your feet. You need to find a different foot specialist. Hands examination, gait evaluation, detailed history. review of treatment options are just a start

Re: heel spur

BEVERLY on 10/31/02 at 08:27 (098786)

Thank you so much for your response, i am going to find a different foot specialist who will give me a much needed full exam.

Thanks.
Beverly

Re: heel spur

Julie on 10/30/02 at 16:25 (098694)

I'm not a doctor, Beverly, just a recovered survivor of PF. You ask what you should do. Two things. Forget about your unfortunate experience with this unsympathetic and (I would say) negligent podiatrist, and seek out another one quickly. You're right: you are entitled to expect a full consultation, examination, diagnosis, and treatment plan.

Second, read the heel pain book on this site. You'll find it helpful, and you'll find these message boards helpful too.

Weight is often a factor with PF, but not necessarily the only one. There may be biomechanical problems that need addressing with custom orthotics.

Icing will help to reduce inflammation. Rest your feet as much as possible. Don't go barefoot, ever.

Re: heel spur

Dr Zuckerman on 10/30/02 at 19:35 (098711)

Hello,

If he won't place his hands on your feet. You need to find a different foot specialist. Hands examination, gait evaluation, detailed history. review of treatment options are just a start

Re: heel spur

BEVERLY on 10/31/02 at 08:27 (098786)

Thank you so much for your response, i am going to find a different foot specialist who will give me a much needed full exam.

Thanks.
Beverly