Originally Posted by bobdolerson
If I've seen one consistent frustration across the board among practicing podiatrists, it seems to be their difficulty getting diabetic patients to comply.
Seen case study after case study of progressive amputations of a patient that...they just wouldn't change! They wouldn't listen, wouldn't follow directions, just kept making the problem worse and worse.
I think, by and large, there are a lot of ignorant people regarding health and medicine, but that's where you come in. I don't think everyone disregards orders, and the majority of them are ignorant of something because they've just never been told before (it's not like our education system does much in the way of teaching healthy eating or balancing a checkbook....).
I recall being in undergrad and debating with someone for a good half hour because they didn't believe that alcohol had calories. I don't know where that fits in, but hey...even college-edumacated folks can be ignorant.
Haha, I thought I was going to have to explain myself, this is exactly what I meant. There were a number of obese patients that came in today who just don't listen. Almost all of their foot problems were due to simple changes in lifestyle. The doctor told me that they are the hardest to work with because they usually just don't listen to anything he says and he sees their feet progressively get worse and worse.
Yeah, that was pretty much exactly what I was feeling, mad cool, just mad wrong at the same time. I did however enjoy how happy the patients came out afterwards. Everyone is always talking about the immediate fix that podiatry offers when you go in; it's real and it really put smiles on people's faces.
That's pretty sweet man. I'm in the process of getting into the OR in a couple of weeks with the same doctor. Can't wait!
By the way feel free to share your own experiences too!