The foot saga continues.
I went to the other podiatrist today and he was a huge improvement over the first one I saw. He introduced himself, sat down, and asked what he could do for me.
He obviously had reviewed my notes from the orthopedist before the appointment, was very polite, gave me a little tutorial on the mechanics of feet, told me exactly what he was doing when he did the examination, asked me repeatedly if I had any questions, and gave clear explanations. He recommended orthotics and sturdier shoes and gave me a great handout on how to test the shoes I already have. I think I am going to be disposing of most of my shoes :-(...
I was very satisfied with my experience and relieved that I don't have to get steroid shots or surgery!
I immediately went and bought orthotics and new shoes. I'm looking forward to feeling much better soon!