The Doctor Appointment from Hell. {And a Shwings winner!}

Yesterday I had my first and last visit with the podiatrist who came highly recommended from a good friend of mine. My foot and leg felt surprisingly good during my 5K, but the next morning was ROUGH and I was happy to have an appointment all set up to see if I could finally get some answers as to why this keeps happening. I love my friend dearly and will continue to trust her judgement on other things, but let’s just say that I would rather chew on broken glass than give this guy another penny of my money.

Here’s a little recap. From here on out the podiatrist will be referred to as Dr. Awful. That is not his real name, but it would be hilarious and appropriate if it was.

I arrived to the office the requested 10 minutes early. The staff was courteous and efficient so I was momentarily fooled into thinking that this would be a pleasant experience. I was taken back to an exam room and asked about a billion questions by a friendly medical assistant. Near the end of her interview, Dr. Awful walked in.

I hated him immediately.

I know that sounds terrible and I feel a little terrible saying it, but it was like I got the WORST VIBE from him the moment I laid eyes on him. He didn’t even need to open his mouth. When he did open his mouth it got miles worse. Dr. Awful lacked anything even remotely resembling a bedside manner. He asked me a few questions about what happened and moved my foot around a lot. Nothing he was doing was causing me any pain, but occasionally there would be a dull ache that I would point out. More questions. More moving my foot. He then looked at me and told me that it my peroneal tendon was dislocated and that I was going to have to have surgery.

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

He might as well have delivered a surprise roundhouse kick directly in my face.

Then things shifted from horrible to really, really weird. Dr. Awful started talking about how maybe I wouldn’t need surgery right away and that I could try taping my tendon in place. (You can do that? Like with duct tape?) Then he started talking about giving me a cortisone shot on the side of my foot that doesn’t hurt to use as a diagnostic. (For what??) Then something about orthotics. (Huh?) Then he wanted me to have an X-ray and maybe an MRI, but did I want the cortisone shot or not?


He was switching gears so fast I felt like I was getting whiplash. All I know is that I was reeling from being told I needed surgery for some rare tendon injury that mostly happens to people who downhill ski and mountain climb and then suddenly we were talking about shoe inserts instead and then hey let’s do an X-ray and do you want me to inject a powerful steroid into a random area of your foot first even though we have no idea what’s wrong?

I opted for the X-ray and declined discussing any kind of shots until we looked at those results. Because WTF?

So he left and when he did the room instantly felt less evil. The assistant gave me some fabulous brown paper sandals that totally clashed with my outfit and took three X-rays of my ankle. A short time later she returned to the room with them and said that Dr. Awful would be back shortly to go over the results. She took my blood pressure and it was high. Probably because I was anticipating having to be in the same room with that guy again.

Dr. Awful barely looked at me when he came back in and told me that he didn’t expect to see anything on the X-rays so like…why did I just get these X-rays? He looked at them. He went back and forth between two of the films for a long time and I started to get really nervous. Then he announced I needed an MRI and that I wouldn’t need any shots today and started looking like he was about to walk right out of the room. As in he wasn’t even going to tell me what made him get so weird while looking at the X-rays. I literally had to ask him myself.

Apparently something looked a little off with a bone in my ankle.


But it was probably just my fibula. No big deal. Here’s a sheet of phone numbers of places you can call for an MRI. I’ll call with the results. Now get out of my office.

Obviously he didn’t say that to me, but the tone pretty much implied it.

I checked out with the friendly receptionist feeling confused and sick to my stomach, like I had just gotten off a really violent roller coaster. As I was driving back to work I made a realization…my chiro Dr. D may not be a podiatrist, but you’d think with all the messing around of my foot that he’s done in the past few weeks he would have told me if my tendons were snapping around the outside of my ankle bone. There is definitely something that moves over the bone if you feel right there, but there is also something that moves over the bone on my left foot too if I move it a certain way. I have really bony, veiny, and obviously very attractive feet. Maybe it was just a vein or something. Who knows.

I sure don’t because I paid a $20 copay to be told absolutely nothing of any value.

I am going to get an MRI, but I’m not using Dr. Awful’s referral to get it because I don’t want him receiving the results. Next Tuesday I’m seeing a different doctor at a different practice and hopefully I’ll get some more clarity then. Until then lots of stretching, ibuprofen, and ice. I did all those things last night and today nothing feels particularly dislocated.

On to something happier now which is the winner of my Shwings giveaway!

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Thank you so much to Shwings for working with me on this fun review and giveaway. I am in love with mine and got lots of compliments on them at my race on Sunday! And thank you to everyone who entered! You all have great taste in shoe wings.

The winner of the giveaway is:



Congrats, Laurel, and thank you for tweeting! I will be emailing you in a bit to coordinate your prize.

I hope everyone has a very happy Tuesday and that you all didn’t drink too much green beer last night!

~ Salt


43 thoughts on “The Doctor Appointment from Hell. {And a Shwings winner!}

    • runsaltrun says:

      It’s totally okay to laugh! The more hours that I put between me and that guy the more humorous the whole thing becomes. I hope there is a Dr. Wonderful in my future next week!

  1. Laura says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry you had that experience. Do.not.go.back. I like to think that even doctors have bad days and you caught him on one of those, but there is still no excuse! Find out what’s happening, but from a doctor you can trust. Maybe Dr. Awesome? Dr. Clever & Witty!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I definitely will not ever be visiting them again. I had an email from the office this morning and haven’t even looked at it yet because I know it will just make me mad. I felt like I was just a number in there and the attitude he obviously has towards powerful steroids was a huge turnoff. I would LOVE a Dr. Clever & Witty!

  2. Meg says:

    Wow. Yeah, I’m not sure I’d have gotten the x-rays with him. I would have told him I wanted a second opinion. Not caring if I hurt his professional feelings or not. Not when he was so awful.

    I really hope you get some good answers at this other practice!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thanks! The X-rays were pretty much just a whatever. I just don’t want him having my MRI results. I’ll let the new doctor know the X-rays were inconclusive and that an MRI was suggested and see where they want me to go from there.

  3. Change of Pace says:

    That is such a bizarre experience. What the heck was he even talking about?! I would be supremely frustrated with wasting time going to see someone like that!
    I’m glad you made another appointment with someone else. Hopefully they’ll be more strategic in their diagnosis! Until then, good luck and I hope the pain eases.

    • runsaltrun says:

      It was really, really weird and I still have no idea. The more I think about it, the more it doesn’t make any sense. I hope next week is better. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  4. Kristin says:

    Ugh, I would have been very uncomfortable and totally unhappy if I had an appointment with him. Sorry you had to go through that. Doctors should always be kind and compassionate and not blurt out the first thing they think…like you will need surgery. Yuck!! Don’t like it at all!! I wish you luck with the MRI!!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I TOTALLY AGREE! Like it was the first thing he said and there was like no emotion behind it at all. I can’t imagine ever telling someone something like that with A) No sympathy for the situation and B) As the very first suggestion thrown out there before then having to backpedal and talk about taping my tendons down? What? It was just all around awful. Thank you so much for your kind words as usual! ❤

      • Kristin says:

        Oh, I completely understand. As is, I’m easily scared with situations like that where I’m unsure what the doctor will say, so with the added stress of an uncaring doctor, that doesn’t mix well with me.
        I’m glad you’re not letting him get you down, though!! That’s good and that shows how strong you are! Strong and tough!!! 😉

  5. Sara says:

    I hate when doctors are like that. People come to you for help – you can at least not be an ass about it! Hope it goes better with the next doc.

  6. Kelly @ Turned up to Eleven says:

    Unpleasant doctors are the worst. Unpleasant doctors that give you now answers, should rot in a very hot place, down below the earth’s crust. I’m so sorry you’re not getting answers you need, or even ones you want at this point. I hope Dr. #2 has better bedside manner AND discusses all your options, treatments and gives you what you need, KNOWLEDGE! ox

  7. txa1265 says:

    Perhaps it should be Dr. Offal for the sound AND meaning!

    Anyway, it is amazing how these doctors will order only one test that they KNOW tells a single thing (X-Ray is great for bones, useless for soft tissue) without a backup plan that doesn’t involve you calling around, driving around and basically losing a day of work. Ugh. Lisa had one of these with her mammogram a couple of weeks ago – she scheduled it for at the hospital rather than the office a mile from our house so they could do the ultrasound when they found dense masses like they do every year … making sure the request was specific. And naturally when she showed up there was no radiologist, so she had to go home, they called her after she went to work to schedule the ultrasound … ugh!

    I’m just glad we are at a point where people don’t assume doctors are all-knowing like my parent’s generation … though a lot of doctor’s still seem to be megalomaniacs (I have encountered one such person in a comment discussion on a blog) …

    Good luck!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you! Ugh having to run around for this kind of thing is the WORST and that was definitely what I encountered with him too. He was so unbelievably unhelpful. I guess I just didn’t fit into his busy schedule of handing out random injections.

  8. irishrunnerchick says:

    That’s really crappy! What a terrible doctor. I saw a guy once who totally failed to communicate with me about my diagnosis, prognosis and how I could continue to exercise. He basically left me with a handout of prescribed exercises before walking out of the room. I was pissed and never went back. You and your doctor should work as a team to get you back running ASAP.

  9. piratebobcat says:

    Oh wow, that’s horrible. Can you reach out to your local running community on-line and find a Dr they all trust and rave about? That’s what my mom did here a few months back and it worked out.

  10. Pandora Viltis says:

    Oh man, that sounds like the orthopedist I saw in September! Except he thought I had a fractured foot rather than suggest surgery. But he did waffle all around with his diagnosis and when I asked about getting an MRI, he didn’t want me to get one.

    I had my chiropractor treat the foot and I was back running on it much sooner than if I’d done what the orthopedist told me – wear a boot and no running for 6 weeks. If it’d been broken, I could run on it when I did. I call him The Quack. And he couldn’t get me out of his office fast enough either.

    I hope your MRI turns out ok.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you! Chiropractors can be really amazing. I really love mine and he has already done more for me than I ever thought he would. I KNOW he would have told me if he felt something that odd going on with my tendon. I just wanted to have all my bases covered and then this guy pretty much ruined my whole day. Depending on what happens coming up, maybe I should just stick with Dr. D.

  11. lawrunner says:

    I hate the new attitude of some doctors. Like they are doing you a favor by letting you pay them to get answers. Then don’t provide any so you have to come back. I went for a consult on my ankle problem. First I was told that I had bone spurs in my heel but that there was nothing wrong with my ankle. This was told to me in between him texting what I gathered was a club hopping buddy from the night before. I opted to see a specialist recommended by a nurse in the practice. At that appointment, the new doctor said I didn’t have bones spurs but ankle impingement. Then he got called away, saying he would be back soon. He never came back. When the receptionist tried to get him back to the exam room, I was told that he was seeing other patients and I would have to make a new appointment. I came back in a month. He asked if the physical therapy and meds had helped. What? What meds? What physical therapy? You never finished the appointment you incompetent boob.
    Good luck with the MRI. I hope it gets better.

    • runsaltrun says:

      I totally agree and holy wow what an absolutely horrid experience. I can’t believe the doctor would just forget to come back. I realize that they are busy people, but so are we. I’m so sorry you had to go through all that.

      • lawrunner says:

        Thanks! I’ve learned to figure out some of my issues on my own and see people I really trust for the rest even if I have to go to another city to do it. I hope Dr. Wonderful comes into your life soon.

  12. fitnessmeetsfrosting says:

    Ugh yuck. Do not speak to Dr. Awful ever again. I’ve ditched many doctors because of their lack of bedside manner and thorough investigation. I used to feel guilty about it and stick with them for as long as I could tolerate, and then I was like whyyyyy am I doing this? Lol I sported those same paper slippers a few weeks ago. They didn’t clash with my paperbag skirt though.

  13. Elizabeth (@elliedue) says:

    What a horrible doctor! Sadly there are so many doctors out there who only care about the money they can get from your insurance and don’t think about you as a person. You are just another numb to them. I hope the next doctor has a better bedside manner and can help you.

  14. kristenk says:

    That sounds crazy! I hate when doctors give you weird vibes – like I’m supposed to trust anything they say when they’re creeping me out? Just don’t go on WebMD whatever you do – I swear all the evil doctors of the world created that website! I hope your next visit goes much better!

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