Podiatrist accused of unnecessary surgery, causing disability

We don’t always give a lot of thought to our feet, at least until they start to hurt or suffer some other problem. Then getting proper treatment becomes very important, so that we can return to our everyday lives. The last thing any of use want is for a doctor to perform unnecessary, invasive procedures that leave our feet in even worse shape than before.

That is what a woman in another state said happened to her. She has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her former podiatrist that accuses him of misleading her about the type of procedure he was going to perform on her foot, and of failing to warn her about possible side effects.

The plaintiff says she went to the podiatrist in 2007 for treatment of a burning sensation that she felt in her right foot as she walked. The podiatrist prescribed a series of procedures on the foot that he allegedly described as minimally invasive and easy to recover from.

Instead, the patient says, the procedures caused the bones in her foot to heal improperly. They did not address her medical issue and were unnecessary, according to her medical malpractice claim. The woman has since undergone several more operations to try to fix the problems caused by the earlier treatment, such as her foot being misaligned.

She is accusing the defendant of several forms of negligence. The suit includes allegations of failure to consider non-surgical treatment options; failing to accurately describe the surgery and its risks to the patient; failure to diagnose the misaligned bones; and failure to treat the problem.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Texarkana podiatrist sued for medical malpractice,” Michelle Keahey, Sep. 23, 2013

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