I spent hundreds of dollars at Feet For Life and did exactly what they instructed in order to cure the pain in my left foot, including buying an overpriced pair of $85 five-fingered shoes from Ghisallo Running.
But when I returned for my follow-up appointment, Dr. Michael Horwitz — the foot specialist everyone raves about — couldn't be bothered to show up. I repeat — he never showed! No explanation, no advanced warning, no nothing. And this is after I drove two hours from Columbia, Mo. Nor did Horwitz return phone calls or emails when I tried to contact him to ask what happened.
The doctor in his place took X-rays — which I had already taken — and recommended complicated surgery to cure an obscure condition dubbed ""tarsal coalition."" Note this diagnosis was completely off. I obtained a pair of high-tech orthotics from another doctor, which effectively cured my pain overnight.
Thanks for nothing, Feet for Life. For most non-surgical conditions, I recommend Dr. James Neuwirth of the St. Louis Center for Functional Medicine.