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01-22-2008, 09:06 AM
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OT: This kind of burns me up...

For years I've been told by various doctors (I never saw a podiatrist, though) that I have flat feet. I've had pains in my feet for years now going as far back as I can remember. I used to cry if I had to walk for more than a few hours as a little kid.

But I was given all kinds of pads and such for my shoes. Nothing ever worked and I just kind of lived with it. Well, this pretty much caused me to quit hockey and skating over the last few years as the pain was absolutely unbearable -- I couldn't skate for more than 20 minutes before my foot was burning and I was gnashing my teeth in pain.

I was always *****ed at at work as well for sitting down when I had a chance to and that I couldn't possibly be in as much pain as I was in.

Well, I finally broke down and saw a doctor the other day since currently I work full time at Petco and I'm on my feet for 8-10 hours a day walking around and lifting things and my feet have been absolutely killing me.

Apparently I have one of the worst examples of having a high arch that he's ever seen in his life. And my calf muscles are so tightly pulling on my foot since the middle can't touch the ground that it's actually pulled apart the bone and fragmented the upper portion near my heel (which makes sense since I've had a heel issue on my right foot ever since I banged it against a chair 2 years ago -- it's never been able to heal!). He actually wants to video tape me walking because you can see all of my foot muscles/tendons move since I have such bony feet with no padding on the bottom (another problem).

I haven't been able to skate or play the game I love for over 2 years now and I've gotten so out of shape because I've hardly been able to work out because of the pain I've had to deal with.

Just pisses me off that I have the EXACT opposite problem doctors have told me I have for years now -- since I was a little kid. I likely could've been playing all this time and never missed a beat.

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Thats a shame Jon, sorry to hear it.

Hopefully they'll have an answer for you and they can treat it with something, anything. My fiancee has some foot problems, as they run in her family and i know how much it sucks because there's not a ton you can do.

I feel for ya. But at least you went and you know exactly whats going on now.

Does he have something to correct it?

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Well, the doc is building an arch support/cushion system that I'll be using some time next week. And I'll likely be able to skate again he said as well. So hopefully it all goes as planned.

I just wish this **** was caught years ago when it should have been.

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Sorry to hear Jon.

I had many a broken nose growing up from football and hockey, since I was 18 doctors always diagnosed me as having sinus infections, put me on antibiotic for years, saw way too many doctors to remember.

Last year I go to a very good specialist in NY, the Rangers ear nose & throat Doc actually, and he tells me its only allergies. For the most part, theyve been putting me on antibiotic for over ten years when i really only needed allergy meds. Wouldve saved MANY a restless nights.

Its sucks, all I can say is ALWAYS get a 2nd or 3rd opinion.

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Well, the doc is building an arch support/cushion system that I'll be using some time next week. And I'll likely be able to skate again he said as well. So hopefully it all goes as planned.

I just wish this **** was caught years ago when it should have been.
Sometimes for me, when I am walking for a long time, it feels like my foot is separating at the middle, and pains. but its only 1 foot, so I walk on a limp sort of.

ive never seen anyone about it though.

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Good news is you have a better diagnosis and can get it right now.

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very good to know. I have had the same problems for about 4 years doctor said the same thing. I went to get orthotics from the guy and found that they hurt just as bad. Maybe it is time for a new doctor and see what he says. Being from Canada our coverage is generally free but i have been misdiagnosed for shoulder and rib injuries 3 times in the last 5 years.

One doctor thought I was having a heart attack cause I was having shortness of breath and made me lye in the hospital in uniform in public view for 6 hours doing a lot of tests. When he finished all the tests and found nothing he told me to go home and rest and they would phone me with blood test results in a few days. Luckily I had a chiropractic appointment a day later and as soon as he seen me and heard my breathing he told me to stand straight and popped my rib back into place fixing everything. i guess i should be happy I was not having heart problems and its been 3 years since that blood test was taken, I wonder what ever happened with those results as the have never contacted me.

I guess its time to make a foot appointment with a new doc, it hurts my feet to get out of bed each day and usually takes about 10 minutes before I can walk properly on them, I was just tired of bugging my doctor about it, time to see a new one I guess.

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Wow. Ugh. Chronic foot pain is awful. I have an overly high arch as well, and it gave me nothing but problems when I was studying ballet. I used to have to get special pointe shoes made because the arch would break the support. Ridiculous as it sounds, after my daughter was born my feet actually flattened out and went from a size 5 to a size 7, and I've had a lot less trouble with them! Not a viable option for you, I know, so I hope you find a solution.

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Wow. Ugh. Chronic foot pain is awful. I have an overly high arch as well, and it gave me nothing but problems when I was studying ballet. I used to have to get special pointe shoes made because the arch would break the support. Ridiculous as it sounds, after my daughter was born my feet actually flattened out and went from a size 5 to a size 7, and I've had a lot less trouble with them! Not a viable option for you, I know, so I hope you find a solution.

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Strange how the doctors misdiagnosed you for so long. I don't have high arches but I do have flat feet and luckily it has never stopped me from skating and playing hockey. In fact, playing hockey in skates is probably the only physical activity I can do other than swimming that doesn't hurt my feet eventually. I don't even use inserts or anything. But if I have to just stand for more than half an hour or two or walk, jog or run, they start to hurt. But I can play hockey for hours and hours as long as I'm in skates.

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Insurance Girl to the rescue tip #2346: If you're going to get a second opinion be sure that its something your insurance policy will cover with a par provider so you don't get stuck paying for the claim out of pocket.


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Take it from an expert -- there are many, many more bad docs then there are good ones out there. I can't stress enough how seeing the wrong doc can screw you up for years to come. Your story is a perfect example of that. Here are two more from personal experience.

1) When I first tore up my ACL (and both collateral ligaments and cartlidge) on my right knee I went to all the "best" ortho's around. The guys at Strong Memorial (Rochester, NY) took a shot at fixing it. They dropped the ball. I then went to the Cleveland Clinic. Once again they couldn't get it right. I was at a point where walking had become very difficult -- forget about any kind of physical activity. I finally ended up in Philly at the Rothman Institute and they finally got it right. Thanks to them I'm skiing, skating, cycling and even playing tennis again. I know that knee injuries as damaging as mine was are incredibly hard to repair but I had to go to numerous docs before I found one that got it right.

2) Last March while mountain biking I injured my bicep. Feeling something pop I was pretty sure I'd popped the bicep tendon (plus the pain and total bruising from the shoulder down to my wrist kinda gave it away). Anyway, I figured that something like a torn bicep tendon would be next to impossible to miss. I went to an orthopedic in JC (recommened by my insurance website) who was convinced that the bicep tendon may be damaged but that it wasn't torn. Anyway, we did 2 MRI's and waited 5 weeks after the injury only to have the yahoo tell me in the beginning of May, that maybe, just maybe, I had torn the bicep tendon. What a *********g fool!!!! Once again I went back to the Rothman Institute. Within 5 minutes of meeting with their expert I was scheduled for surgery in early June. Although I haven't started serious rehab (as per Doc's orders), I'm pretty confident the arm will be as good as new.

Both are examples of how important it is to see the right doc. In spite of my own efforts to screw myself up thanks to the right doc's I keep failing!

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Take it from an expert -- there are many, many more bad docs then there are good ones out there. I can't stress enough how seeing the wrong doc can screw you up for years to come. Your story is a perfect example of that. Here are two more from personal experience.

1) When I first tore up my ACL (and both collateral ligaments and cartlidge) on my right knee I went to all the "best" ortho's around. The guys at Strong Memorial (Rochester, NY) took a shot at fixing it. They dropped the ball. I then went to the Cleveland Clinic. Once again they couldn't get it right. I was at a point where walking had become very difficult -- forget about any kind of physical activity. I finally ended up in Philly at the Rothman Institute and they finally got it right. Thanks to them I'm skiing, skating, cycling and even playing tennis again. I know that knee injuries as damaging as mine was are incredibly hard to repair but I had to go to numerous docs before I found one that got it right.

2) Last March while mountain biking I injured my bicep. Feeling something pop I was pretty sure I'd popped the bicep tendon (plus the pain and total bruising from the shoulder down to my wrist kinda gave it away). Anyway, I figured that something like a torn bicep tendon would be next to impossible to miss. I went to an orthopedic in JC (recommened by my insurance website) who was convinced that the bicep tendon may be damaged but that it wasn't torn. Anyway, we did 2 MRI's and waited 5 weeks after the injury only to have the yahoo tell me in the beginning of May, that maybe, just maybe, I had torn the bicep tendon. What a *********g fool!!!! Once again I went back to the Rothman Institute. Within 5 minutes of meeting with their expert I was scheduled for surgery in early June. Although I haven't started serious rehab (as per Doc's orders), I'm pretty confident the arm will be as good as new.

Both are examples of how important it is to see the right doc. In spite of my own efforts to screw myself up thanks to the right doc's I keep failing!

I think the lesson here is to always go to the Rothman Institute

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For years I've been told by various doctors (I never saw a podiatrist, though) that I have flat feet. I've had pains in my feet for years now going as far back as I can remember. I used to cry if I had to walk for more than a few hours as a little kid.

But I was given all kinds of pads and such for my shoes. Nothing ever worked and I just kind of lived with it. Well, this pretty much caused me to quit hockey and skating over the last few years as the pain was absolutely unbearable -- I couldn't skate for more than 20 minutes before my foot was burning and I was gnashing my teeth in pain.

I was always *****ed at at work as well for sitting down when I had a chance to and that I couldn't possibly be in as much pain as I was in.

Well, I finally broke down and saw a doctor the other day since currently I work full time at Petco and I'm on my feet for 8-10 hours a day walking around and lifting things and my feet have been absolutely killing me.

Apparently I have one of the worst examples of having a high arch that he's ever seen in his life. And my calf muscles are so tightly pulling on my foot since the middle can't touch the ground that it's actually pulled apart the bone and fragmented the upper portion near my heel (which makes sense since I've had a heel issue on my right foot ever since I banged it against a chair 2 years ago -- it's never been able to heal!). He actually wants to video tape me walking because you can see all of my foot muscles/tendons move since I have such bony feet with no padding on the bottom (another problem).

I haven't been able to skate or play the game I love for over 2 years now and I've gotten so out of shape because I've hardly been able to work out because of the pain I've had to deal with.

Just pisses me off that I have the EXACT opposite problem doctors have told me I have for years now -- since I was a little kid. I likely could've been playing all this time and never missed a beat.
I have flat feet also. It is preventing me from playing ice hockey, but I can still play roller hockey.

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Well, the doc is building an arch support/cushion system that I'll be using some time next week. And I'll likely be able to skate again he said as well. So hopefully it all goes as planned.

I just wish this **** was caught years ago when it should have been.
I find most doctors are pure hacks. They go by rote memorization and alot of times refuse to use their brains when it actually counts. Thats why you get so many malpractice suits every year.

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Sorry to here Jon. Glad you'll be able to get back into skates soon.

The good news is that your right now you're still faster than Malik.

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