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(West Chazy, NY)
I was seen by a podiatrist who upon x-rays told me that the sesmoid bone in both my feet was in two pieces. He gave me a cortisone shot. Less than a year later, both feet ache, but in particular the left foot is in great pain. My podiatrist moved out of state and I had to be seen by a different doctor. After 5 months of waiting for an appointment, he came to the same conclusion....I have extremely flat feet, sesmoid bone in both feet in 2 pieces. He told me he felt I was born that way, instead of an injury. I had been losing weight and was doing 2 miles a day walking outside or on a running track, but now I've stopped walking and gained 35 pounds. This doctor said he does not like cortisone shots. He did a prescription orthotic. After several weeks of trying this orthotic, I stopped using it. It was too painful to wear it. The doctor ordered a bone scan but felt "the xray's were fine, the bone scan would tell if the bone is fractured." I thought 2 pieces meant fractured, but didn't question that comment. He said if there was a fracture we would do surgery and remove the bone. The technologist who did the bone scan asked me how I did this, by overuse or injury? Not sure what he saw, but he said the left was definately worse than the right. The doctor called and said I either had a bone fracture or bone bruise. He ordered a MRI. The result of the MRI apparently showed no fracture, but that
I have arthritis and a ganglion cyst in and around the sesmoid bone/joint. So now he offers the cortisone, but nothing else, just live with it. I'm considering going to a 3rd podiatrist for a "2nd" opinion. I'm just very frustrated and need to get rid of this pain. The more weight I put on the worse it feels, but I can't go back to walking it off.
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Michael D. Ebeling
Tampa, Florida 33624
Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.
I usually do my research on the Mayo clinic website. I think your website is the most informative site I have found when researching foot pain.
I thank you for putting together this incredible website.
....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!
You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.
Mansfield Ctr, CT
First, I'd like to thank you for all the information that you provide on your website and the opportunity to write to you.
First, I want to let you know that you have the best web site I've found related to foot issues. (The only thing I had difficulty finding was the "ask a question" page.)
I received the orthotics Monday afternoon and began wearing them Tuesday. After two days I would say that I have noticed a huge improvement in the discomfort I have been experiencing. My foot feels better than it has in months.
I greatly admire someone like you who would donate and dedicate so much time and effort to helping strangers with no compensation. Truly, it is uncommonly kind. And your site is so intelligently arranged.
Pacific Grove, CA
I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in
college years ago, so I know the benefits of good care. Again, I want
to thank you for an EXCELLENT website. It was so great to get to your
site (top of google search) and actually find all the answers I needed
EASILY and QUICKLY! Clearly you put a ton of work into it and I really
All the best,
By the way, millions of websites could use yours as a guideline on how to organize information and make the site user-friendly. Kudos to you!
Thank you for your very interesting and informative site!
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