Re: Podiatrist vs Neurologist
I was seeing a Podiatrist due to multiple foot problems; SEVERE, unrelenting, Plantar Fascitis for one. Also have a heel spur, bone cyst in other heel bone, had dozens of stress fractures, on and on. He wanted me to have surgery for the Plantar Fascitis - to release the muscle - but I cancelled! He had never done this surgery on anyone with the extent of muscle spasticity problems, Severe Degree Arthritis in BOTH feet, BOTH ankles, and severity of Neuropathy, that I have!! As is, I have to take off my shoes to drive, to be able to feel the gas pedal. NO WAY I was going through with that surgery and come out with the possibility of not feeling my feet at all!!!
I'm sure some folks see a Podiatrist for like reasons; also have other foot issues besides the Neuropathy. *MY* Podiatrist didn't seem very knowledgeable about Neuropathy, but I have no idea if this is a common trait or not??? Anyone else know?? Plus, with the degree of numbness some have with Neuropathy, extra special care have to be paid to foot care. Those with Diabetic Neuropathy in particular have to be ESPECIALLY careful about sores on their feet, and clipping toenails.
I don't know if I helped you any, but those are some of the reasons that I know of that people see a Podiatrist, instead of a Neurologist. Another reason could be that there are Podiatrists available in their area, but no Neuros!! In my area, there is only 2 Neuros, but something like 6 Podiatrists!!