This morning I saw a podiatrist for my aching feet. I picked one out of the phone book and chose him because, as far as I could see, he isn’t “attached” to either hospital. I’m pretty fed up with the doctors that are attached to one of the hospitals and haven’t heard rave reviews about the other hospital. This guy seemed to be totally independent and I loved him! I came out and told Vince “I wish I could use him for everything!” He was super nice!
Several things he told me that I thought were interesting. I explained to him that I had tried several different shoe inserts and he told me that for some people, the inserts cause more pain because raising the arch area stretches the tendon more. X-rays showed bone spurs on my heel and he felt any shoe with a good arch support was fine. At this point, a shoe may keep it from getting worse but it isn’t going to offer much improvement.853.
He gave me a cortisone shot in my foot. When he mentioned the shot, he could see I was apprehensive and he assured me it would not hurt. He deadened the area with a spray where he inserted the needle and did the injection very slowly and while I felt it, I wouldn’t say it hurt at all. He gave me a brace . . something kinda like an Ace bandage looking thing that wraps twice around the arch area, then around the back of the heel and fastens. Not sure if it was the shot or the brace but I walked out there pretty much pain free.
Since the left foot was the most painful, he said we would work on it first and once I’m feeling like it’s good, he’ll start on the right foot.
I’m 100% happy with the doctor and the results.
When I get up from sitting, I had been having to hobble for a few minutes. Once Oscar saw me up, he knew he had a few minutes because I was slow. I think I’ve surprised him today . . he found a skein of floss and thought he had a few minutes to shred it but I was right on him and grabbed it. I think he liked me better when I couldn’t walk so fast! 🙂