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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
Severe Pain in Foot
I have had several surgeries since I was 3 years old. I had Bilateral Club Foot, But since the last few years I notice alot of pain in my foot. I can hardly walk I already know I have no mobility in it and I have been told I have a severe case of Arthritis in it. But Over time I go to my doctor and usually all he gives me is Flexeral 10mg, Mind you this does not take care of the pain. I have also been given something Moloxicam, I think that is how it is spelled. This did not work either. The last time I went to the hospital cause I dropped a floor jack on my foot the ER Doctors took x-rays, but had puzzled looks on there face it was not until later that I recieved a call from the Night-Hawk Center that does in=depth reading of x-rays that they themselves could not read it cause of the mass.
What I am wanting to know is a few things. One should I switch Doctors and find a Doctor that is willing to do something. Two I know if they do anything it mostly like will be Surgery or Pain Medication Shots. But I am wondering Is there a third option of just removing the foot that is causing the problem. I have delt with this over the years I am now 38 and it is getting on my nerves to walk with the pain. The Pain is in my Ankle mostly and it is so Tender to touch I scream if anyone does touch it. Swelling I am not sure cause over the years having over 28 opperations on each foot they have removed alot of tissue, muscles, and some other things I am not sure. But I know if I touch it my foot turns white then back to red. Which might be a sign of swelling.
You ask some difficult questions. Your primary goal should be to salvage your foot but unfortunately there is only so much that can be done from a surgical standpoint.
I do not live with your pain so I cannot tell you if amputating your foot is a viable option.
I would suggest this: if you are not getting any satisfaction from your present doctor the certainly getting another opinion from a new doctor would be a great idea.
I do not know where Marion Indiana is but I would suggest you find a doctor or hospital that deals with orthopedic problems such as yours. It may take some traveling but it could be the difference between keeping your foot and being able to walk more comfortably.
Marc Mitnick DPM
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