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Old 06-29-2006, 07:31 PM   #1
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Podiatrist vs Neurologist

I've noticed that some posters are being treated for neuropathy by a podiatrist and I just wondered about it. Were you being seen for a foot problem and then the neuropathy was discovered? Or were you referred to the podiatrist by your GP?

Just wondering why people are being treated by different specialists.


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Old 07-06-2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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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!!


Old 07-06-2006, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: Podiatrist vs Neurologist

Thanks for the reply! I never thought about there not being neuros in the area.


Old 06-17-2007, 04:01 PM   #4
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My hubby has peripheral neuropathy and hasn't had much help from his neurosurgeon. One day he saw and ad from a podiatrist stating he could help peripheral neuropathy. We made an appointment and what a joke. This guy had all sorts of snake oil machines and just listening to him we knew he couldn't help one bit. We saw another podiatrist the other day and he knew even less. Bottom line......stick with the neurosurgeon. We have an appointment with a new neuro guy and hopefully he will be of more help.

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