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podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

Posted by Dale on 7/15/04 at 09:50 (155508)

For heel spur surgery....is it best to go to a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon...assuming, of course that both are good doctors?
Thank you,

Re: podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

cindyp on 7/15/04 at 11:57 (155528)

Sort of a personal comfort level decision. I think anyway. Get many many opinions before doing anything. If anyting go to a foot and ankle reconstructive surgeon.

Re: podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

Janice N on 7/16/04 at 19:48 (155658)

May times persons think an orthopedic is the best one to go to. The first thing you need to find out is how many surgeries of this kind they have done and success rate and complications. Sometimes orthos don't have a big interest in doing feet. They do alot of hips and knees. Just like some won't touch backs and refer you to a neurologist. Don't jump into surgery though. I have been offered surgery for a couple of things but declines especially after reading post here. Spend alot of hours here reading. And don;t just go on what one dr says. Try other things before. Foot surgery takes time and more time to heal from.

Re: podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

Darlene on 7/19/04 at 19:34 (155890)

If you do decide on an orthopedic surgeon, go to one who specialies is feet and ankles.