CONCEPT IN THE MAKING
The patient journey idea came from my own experience as a patient and the fact that I keep a regular diary. Most books written about foot conditions look at the subject from one dimension. The clinician has a perceived understanding of what the condition is, how it may have come about and what can be done about it. The patient has one focus – to get better and the detail may not immediately appear important.
Having had foot surgery, as well as knee surgery three times, I feel qualified to say we as clinicians do not always meet the patient’s needs in terms of preparation. I don’t mean to suggest we are bad, but we could do better.
Having discussed treatment, taken what we all know as consent and maybe thrown some leaflets out, the actual day to day expectations of what can I (the patient) do after surgery is often shrouded in a little confusion. We all know the ‘surgeon’ is busy and sees other patients. Inevitably we, the patient, nod that we understand but so often we don’t.
The clinician relies on leaflets, specific questions the patient may have had the good sense to ask, but also he (the surgeon) relies on the nurses and physiotherapists to add to the discharge picture.
We explain what can go wrong, but so often the reality of this discussion melts into a haze of information. The patient says,
‘I can’t be worse than I am now!’
Nothing could be further from the truth especially when the wound fails to heal, pain continues outside the usual expectations, but worse, the patient seems to be making progress as if treading in treacle, and not making any headway.
As a patient I think we need to address some of these issues and be perhaps a little more direct as surgery is not something we can always guarantee.
The series starts with Morton’s Neuroma but there are plenty of conditions that may or may not require surgery that can be added to the list.
Please enjoy the first book shortly out in print in 2018, but available as an e-book from November 2017.
Look out for the next titles due later 2018. In each book patients will have recorded their own journeys.
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Bunion (Hallux Valgus): Behind the Scenes ( 2018). Series 2
As the name suggests this book is exclusively about bunion big toe deformity and the current thoughts about treatment in detail. As with my Morton’s book, evidence and outcome will show what we mean by success and provide detailed accounts from three patients aged in their 30’s,40’s 60’s to compare their experiences. These accounts are not edited and tell it as it is. You cannot learn more than from patient’s experiences – warts and all. If you are embarking on surgery, then this is a book that will take you to new heights of understanding.
Foot Pain: Beyond the Web. Introducing my foot journeys (late 2018, early 2019)
For patients and anyone interested on looking at the foot from a broad perspective. Written from the layperson, career seeker from school wishing to learn more about podiatry, or from a journalists viewpoint.
Looks at examination, foot pain in general and condenses my Footlocker posts from www.consultingfootpain.co.uk explaining individual patient experiences with journey treatment summaries from diaries covering neuroma, hallux valgus, rigid toe, corns and heel pain. This book is packed with loads of goodies plus bonus material.
Look out for the next book in the series. More titles to follow.