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! 🙂
Glad to hear you got some relief!
Cindy F says
So glad the podiatrist was able to help you! Those shots are magic! I may have to go back to my orthopedist and get one for my shoulder. I aggravated it a couple of weeks ago doing some weeding and late fall planting and all the cutting and trimming with a rotary cutter probably added to it. Had to say I laughed at Oscar being surprised at your quickness!
Glad your foot is feeling better. I had one of those shots probably 6 years ago and haven’t had any pain in that foot since the shot.
That is great to hear. Thanks for sharing that uplifting info with me.
Happy to hear the shot is working for you. I had my first cortisone shot in my knee last week and it has made a lot of difference.
Donna in KS says
I too had those shots for spurs, as did husband, and were not bothered by them again!! You may remember I had been getting injections in a knee for quite a few years now. I am having knee replacement surgery tomorrow. The injections just weren’t doing it anymore and becoming more frequent. However, I have not given in to surgery easily!! It’s a whole new situation this time!
Oh, Donna! Sorry it’s come to this but hope you have an easy recovery. I know you have amazing family but if you need me to slip off and help you for a few days, holler at me.
Foot pain is terrible. My daughter went for treatment to several doctors. Someone recommended acupuncture. She was skeptical, but went in desperation. The results have been amazing. Maybe something to consider if this one doesn’t continue to work.
Thanks. I will give this some time then see about getting some acupuncture. I had it done with my knees and it helped a lot.