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    Old 08-21-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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    68 year old male; a few pounds overweight; Blood Pressure ok; cholesterol runs about 160 with Liptor, 20 MG; active 3-5 times per week at gym - I use to walk about 2-4 miles per day and I did that for nearly 20 years. A little over 4 years ago, I was suffering from Plantar Fascia but got that under control with injections. I torn the fascia ligament in my right foot in January 2011. I did have surgery for Morton's Neuroma 2011. I did ok for about 14 months and then had significant pain in lower legs and feet about April of 2012. I finally decided I had Morton's Neuroma so I had surgery in May of 2014 on both feet. It did not correct my problem.

    I feel like I have swelling and discomfort in both feet, located just forward of the ball of the foot. At times it feels like my toes "tingle" but they never really feel completedly numb. There is not any real pain associated with this sensation, just more discomfort, There is some burning sensation but I have not been diagnosed with diabetes. I was diagnosed with Tarsal Tunnel a couple of years ago but none of the doctors seem interested in doing anything for that? My shoe size went from 9.5 D to 10.5 4E in less than 12 months. Not truly pain but enough discomfort to be discomforting wearing anything but flip flops.

    If I had describe the discomfort: it is like a large blister, forward of the ball of the foot, but marginally into the toes but definitely more pronounced discomfort in the forward ball of the foot area.. It feels about the same between the left and right foot. Rubbing the area helps and I thought it was just inflammation but it has been over 3 months since surgery. Walking increases the discomfort, the only shoes that really provides relief is the Croc Athens flip flop. Occurs more frequently if I am wearing shoes. Does not interfere with most life activities, only wish the minor pain and discomfort would go away, wish my feet didn't swell so I could were size D width. I can walk bare footed most days for a 100 yards.

    I am open to suggestions, recommendations, and diagnosis. Also would like to know the name of a good foot specialist in Atlanta GA.

     
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    Old 08-23-2014, 11:36 AM   #2
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    Re: Five years of foot issues

    I'm afraid I can't offer much advice but I'd start with searching on "top 26 foot and ankle surgeons in North America 2013". You should be able to find a great surgeon in your region of the country from that list. Be willing to travel if there is not one in Atlanta. Make sure you are dealing with a Board Certified Foot & Ankle surgeon (MD) and not a Podiatrist. Good luck.

     
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    Re: Five years of foot issues

    I am also trying to find best in Atlanta area. Dr beskin, dr Spiegl, and DPM camasta are on my list so far.Do you have any names?

     
    Old 05-27-2015, 02:33 PM   #4
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    Re: Five years of foot issues

    Avoiding podiatrists is a very good idea. You really need to see a board certified foot/ankle orthopedist to get the most educated, experienced care. A podiatrist sees this stuff occasionally as opposed to foot/ankle surgeons who see and treat it all the time. There is just more training and experience and since these are more rare surgeries/problems you want the person who sees them all the time treating you.

    There are a lot of bad podiatrist stories on here...mine is the podiatrist first didn't realize that I had torn both peroneal tendons and needed a scope. If he'd done my surgery I would have needed a 2nd surgery this year to repair the worst of the damage and I would have spent the last year in a lot of pain instead of "recovering from surgery discomfort". He also missed my torn achilles which showed on the edge of the MRI and the MRI recommends further scanning. If he'd noticed and casted me for a few weeks then I would have avoided the scar tissue building up and making walking very painful. It was stretched out by my post-op casts last summer and I keep it stretched now so it won't ever come back. But treating that scar tissue when it was new would have saved me so much pain.

    If you don't find anyone on the link someone suggested if you search "foot/ankle certified orthopedists" you get professional organization that you can search by zip code.
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