Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Branson, MO, USA
Re: What is this bump in the middle of my foot?
I'm sorry we can't diagnose your trouble without a lot more info or seeing your foot. Believe me, I understand no insurance and no money. I continued to work (physical) for almost a year on a broken ankle for the same reason, convincing myself for weeks at a time that it was a bad sprain. If you're in the states, go to your closest emergency room. They will examine your foot, xray if needed, and provide you with a referral, if needed, regardless of your ability to pay. They will bill you, and it could run $600 or better, depending on diagnostic tests, but when you call the business office to make payment arrangements, ask if they have a financial assistance program. Most major healthcare orgs have them, they just don't advertise this fact. They will want lots of personal financial info, and if you're at poverty under federal guidelines, they will write off your expenses. If you're a little higher on the guidelines, they will write off a portion, and ask you to make arrangements on the balance. Generally, the referred physician will do one consult exam and bill you, and from there, make a deal for arranged payments, or might require cash at each visit, but you'd at least have an idea of what's wrong. If he/she is affiliated with your hospital org, any financial aid applies to them as well. The hospital org pays them, and writes off your bill. If I had known this a year ago, I'd have gone, and my hospital's OS would have been able to help me, saving me about $5000. As it is, by the time I went for help, I had done so much damage that I had to have a foot specialist, outside the org, and have to make payments. I really do understand the fear of debt, but, I also know how important to my livelihood my feet are. If your pain is affecting your life, you really can't afford not to see a medical professional. Another option, which I rejected in my ignorance of how long this would take, (I figured it would only be 8 weeks. I'm still not on my feet at 4 months.) is the state, as in medicaid and disability. I was stubbornly thinking I'd be back to work before any benefits would be in effect, and I really was too proud to ask for help. I regret this, having found there isn't any dignity in having an anesthesiologist turn you over to collections because you couldn't pay fast enough. (Don't let this keep you from help, they will dun me to death, but when I go back to work, I'll pay them. They can't get blood from a stone, and will take what you can give, no matter how noisy they are about it. My surgeon is much more understanding, as he is the one in control of my down time.) If your work is interrupted, no matter how briefly, apply, no matter how embarrassed it makes you feel. Good luck to you, and please, let us know how you make out. Kim