Reported in The Daily Mail: “Keep your feet fit for a princess, Kate: A podiatrist’s warning to the Duchess of Cambridge that her Royal lifestyle is taking its toll on her toes.”
While I don’t wish Kate Middleton the pain of bunions, there is something comforting in knowing that our celebrity Princess is human, in addition to the fact that she allowed herself to be photographed barefooted. Next thing you know, they could be photographing a printed copy of my ebook, “Bunion Survivor’s Guide to Successful Bunion Surgery and Recovery on Kate’s bedside table.
May your feet be healthy, your heart happy, and your shoes comfortable.
As part of my commitment to you as a subscriber of BunionSurvivor.com, I am always researching different forums and websites to stay current with the best ways to help you free your feet and inspire your spirit.
This week I learned that the doctor who did my bunion surgery, whom I reported in my blog and ebook to be an excellent surgeon but arrogant and disrespectful back in 2006, and bordering on negligent in the way he responded to me during consultations, had his license suspended in 2007 and was put on probation for 8 years for negligence. I hadn’t reported him, nor did it occur to me to do so. But someone else did and it was serious enough to be taken seriously.
MEDICAL BOARD REVIEW If you need to check out your doctor and you live in California, you can do a search on the California Medical Board website with your doctor’s name and if there’s been a medical review issue, you will find it. (Thank goodness for all the high-integrity physicians serving us, but it is shocking to see how many doctors are listed for medical suspensions and reprimands.) This service is also available in other states.ACTION STEPS I don’t know about you, but if I learned about this kind of documented information about a physician I has previously considered but hadn’t used yet, I would not use him no matter how great of a surgeon s/he was. If I was in dire straits and had no other option for a surgeon due to location or insurance or finances, I would not move forward unless I had a one-on-one face-to-face conversation about the situation with the surgeon and talked to at least three of his most current clients and felt in my gut that this person had changed their ways. (I do believe people can change given enough reason and support socially and spiritually.)
This is why having a list of questions is so important! In my special report “25 Questions To Ask Your Bunion Surgeon Before Scheduling Bunion Surgery
,” there are three questions (#23-25) that address this issue and were added because of my concerns even prior to learning about my doctor’s medical suspension. I urge you to ACT NOW if you’re considering having surgery and ASK THE QUESTIONS to get the best results for yourself. Your health and your life could depend on it.
These last three questions are not for the faint of heart, however, they will ensure that you have as much information as possible before you make your decision and they will give you a sense of your surgeon’s professionalism. Take a deep breath and remember this is your feet and life we’re talking about keeping healthy. You are worth it!
23. What is the safety record in the past year of the facility where I will have my surgery?
24. Have you had any malpractice suits against you or medical reprimands? How long ago? What were the issues? What were the outcomes?
25. When things haven’t worked out or you’ve had an unhappy patient, how have you handled it?
As always, I welcome your comments. Here’s to your happy, healthy feet! Mary
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, get my ebook and you’ll also receive a Bunion Surgery and Recovery Planning Month-by-Month Checklist
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My sister is an Ironman Triathlete. We both inherited bunions. She says that she couldn’t run without her orthotics.
Christine Dobrowolski, DPM says, “Orthotics can help slow the progression of bunions and hammertoes, but they will not prevent this process. Orthotics may help with some pain at a bunion, but they will not “cure” the bunion.
When the motion in the foot is contributing to the problem, orthotics are generally recommended. If the foot is stable and does not require support, the bunion, hammertoe, neuroma, tendonitis or even plantar fascitis may not require custom made orthotics for treatment. These individuals may do well with a pre-fabricated orthotic.” Read more.
The article also defines very clearly and in more detail the difference between functional orthotics (structured and more rigid), which are best for managing bunions and accommodative orthotics (padded and soft), which work for people with diabetes.
I asked my podiatrist for orthotics following my bunion surgery and received them about three weeks ago. I’ve gone through four pairs of shoes at Road Runner Sports (They’ve been great to work with, especially Ron and Matt) to find a good fit with the orthotics in my shoes. It seems that while it has lessened the pain on the sole of my right foot (bunion/hammertoe surgery w/ 3rd metatarsal protuding into sole of foot), unless I have a wide enough shoe (men’s in this case), the “Taylor’s Bunion” just below my baby toe is irritated.
The good news is that my left foot is really happy with the orthotic.
Check with your podiatrist to see if an orthotic is right for your bunions. If you wear orthotics, please share your experience using the comment link below.
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Bunion Survivor’s Ebook Guide to Bunion Surgery & Recovery
There were several reasons I made the phone call to the podiatrist’s office yesterday morning at 8:30 am. More surprising was that the podiatrist’s receptionist said that I could see him at 10:00 am, because she’d just gotten a cancellation, which rarely happens. The last time I called a month ago he was booked solid so I took it as a sign and after wavering just a second, said, “I’ll be there.”
You might be wondering why I didn’t get a 2nd opinion before I had my surgery. I’m wondering too after meeting this Knight in Shining Armor. My reasons made sense at the time – the window of time I had to do this surgery, his unavailability and the confidence I had in the first surgeon’s skill. However, hindsight tells me that I would have been better served had I gotten the second opinion and I would have made a different choice. AND for the record, I’m still very pleased with the results.
You might also be wondering why I got the 2nd opinion after my surgery. I’m not. Here’s why:
- I was curious to know what this 2nd doctor would say about my foot and the surgical skill of the other surgeon.
- I wanted to check him out if I chose to have surgery on my second foot because three people recommended him to me, he’s only 15 minutes from my home. The 1st surgeon is an hour away.
- I’m still not comfortable with Doc #1’s consultation style (impatience in answering questions, walking out of the room without a goodbye or a handshake or a “You’re doing well. Is there anything else you need?”).
- I also wanted to ask the questions I felt weren’t adequately answered by the 1st surgeon and see if I could learn more about how to care for both my feet now, post surgery.
What a contrast in style and communication skills. Doctor #2 is my new hero. And when all is said and done, Doctor #1 still is too. Doc 2 said that Doc 1’s work was good and while he wouldn’t have made the big toe incision in the same place (he prefers the top so the scar tissue doesn’t irritate a nerve and tendon that are on the side where Doc 1 made the cut. But he complimented the work and said I was healing well. Music to my ears. Thank you Doctors!
I based my initial decision on a bunion surgeon on these factors:
- Viewing videos of different bunion surgeons I watched on the Internet
- Researching treatment options on the Internet
- Talking to others who had the surgery by several different podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons
- Talking with two other surgeon’s office staff
- Visiting my surgeon’s office twice and talking with women in the waiting rooms and coming out of consultation rooms
One point my podiatrist/surgeon made in my initial visit (with four other potential Bunionettes while he made a PowerPoint presentation in his million dollar sitting room) was that you should always choose a surgeon based on people’s testimonials, not what you read, not by other referrals from doctors, or on how nice the surgeon is [Can’t we have excellent and nice?].
The bottom line, he said, should always be talking with several people who have had the surgery with excellent results and can easily refer the surgeon.
Fortunately, every person in his waiting room who was back for post-op visits the two times I visited (5 women – all appearing between 50 and 80), had nothing but stellar results and glowing comments. Two other women mentioned they had gotten 2nd and 3rd opinions and still came back to this doctor.
Personally I find him arrogant and too reserved for my taste but I’m choosing to overlook that since I trust that with all the testimonials, the fact that his expertise is in bunions and bunion surgery, the conversation I had with the anesthesia nurse, and that he is meticulously dressed, fit, and in his 40’s (not too young, not too old) with a lot of surgical experience and an office that hums, that I’ll likely get the results he promises.
Just to be on the safe side, would you say a prayer for me that this all goes even better than planned and all is well? Surgery is at 4 pm tomorrow.
“People seem to think it’s normal to have foot pain, but it’s not,” says Mark B. Friedman, a podiatrist in Albany, N.Y. “No pain is normal. It’s a problem if there’s pain.”
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How long have you walked in pain? I had no idea that podiatrists are usually the first to diagnose other physical problems, especially diabetes. Thank goodness I don’t have that but I have had foot pain since my teens – a combination of genetics (my paternal grandmother and mother) and wearing high heels with pointed toes.
I’ve become accustomed to foot pain (on my big toe and the ball of my foot) that I didn’t think to do anything about it until six months ago.started feeling sharp pains in the ball of my foot during my NIA movement class (what a great form of play and exercise for the feet – definitely give it a try!).
NIA is done barefoot to connect you to your body with more awareness. I was definitely more aware! It got to the point where I had to start wearing tennis shoes for padding because it felt like a dull scissors was trying cut through a thick callous that’s formed under the ball of my 2nd and 3rd toe joints.
But what really pushed me over the edge to action was when I realized noticed not only the pain but also that my 2nd toe was traveling west and climbing on to “The Great Toe” as my podiatrist calls it. I remember my Grandmother’s twisted feet (not as in weird, well, yes they were weird looking too, but as in pretzel forming) and I was certainly headed down that path without intervention. The podiatrist said it will only keep getting worse without surgery. Yikes. I LOVE TO WALK and I will do whatever it takes to keep my feet healthy so I can keep walking the rest of my life. I promise. How about you?
Read the rest of the story at “Bunion Survivor’s Ebook Guide to Bunion Surgery & Bunion Surgery Recovery.”