Looking for a foot/ortho specialist in Madison
April 25, 2014 8:42 AM Subscribe
I've managed to injure both my ankles badly enough that I basically can't walk. Any suggestions for an orthopedic specialist in Madison, WI?
At some point in the distant past, I (independently) sprained both ankles badly enough that I became prone to having ankle sprains. Until a few months ago, this seemed like a worsening, but only mildly annoying, problem. I’d occasionally go to physical therapy for it, but I’d get discharged after a few weeks and that would be that. Continuing to do the recommended exercises didn’t seem to help.
Last November, I sprained my left ankle doing something completely innocuous, and my ankle has been prone to sprains during everyday physical activities since then (e.g., locking my door, or walking from my bedroom to my kitchen). Hobbling around in this state put enough stress on my right ankle that it’s now in approximately the same shape.
My physical therapist suggested getting an MRI. Before I moved to Madison, that would have been quite simple, since my insurance doesn’t require a referral for pretty much anything. But, I’m in the UW Health system, and they need a referral to do anything, even when insurance doesn’t require it. My doctor is out, so I got slotted to see her nurse practitioner. I’d just re-injured my ankle a couple days before, so it was pretty clear that I’d aggravate the injury and make it worse if I had to go anywhere, but it seems to be standard to not allow this kind of thing to be done by phone.
Naturally, I re-sprained my left ankle twice and my right ankle once getting to the appointment, which consisted of me retelling my case history and then getting a referral. The NP didn’t seem comfortable suggesting anything other than seeing someone else -- for example, when I asked if I could get crutches or a walker or something to help me get around, she looked incredibly uncomfortable for a while, waffled for a bit, and then suggested I go to my physical therapist for that. I don’t mean to rag on this person; she was sympathetic, but she couldn’t do anything to actually help me. The one thing I got out of it was a referral to an orthopedic specialist.
The people they tried to schedule me with are all booked out past June, so they scheduled me to see the PA of one of the ortho folks. For all I know, that will turn out to be useful, but I’d like to avoid a repeat of the other day, where I re-injure myself to see someone who can’t recommend any concrete action, who just tells me to see someone else.
The scheduler who handled this was hesitant to call around to see if anyone was available outside of the facility she was attached to, so I might have better luck calling other UW Health ortho folks in other locations. I’ll give that a shot, but my impression is that specialists attached to the UW and Meriter systems tend to be booked out pretty far.
Does anyone have suggestions for orthopedic specialists in Madison who I might actually be able to see in the next six weeks?
Since I'm asking this anonymous to avoid having my health history attached to my mefi account, maybe someone else out there has the same qualms. If so, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org