I think I would work with both. Try to persuade the podiatrist and at the same time try to educate the primary doctor. Also, while the therapist can't sign the disability papers, try to include a statement from her.
Does the podiatrist say specifically why he is so hesitant? Does he feel he can secure documentation to back up the claim?
You may want to search through some of the sections to provide him with additional information that would help.
Also, our page on Social Security Disability has some tips you may want to read, as they give guidelines that could be applied to group or commercial insurance:
Tips for a Person Applying for Social Security Disability
1.) Apply as soon as you and your doctor consider you disabled.
2.) Keep a diary.
3.) Don't understate your condition, but don't exaggerate either.
4.) Fill out in detail every question on the forms . Add extra pages if you need more space to be complete.
5.) Be descriptive about your condition and how it affects your life . . . give specific examples.
6.) Keep a record of all medication changes, any reactions you may have, how often you take the medications, etc.
7.) Follow medical advice.
8.) Keep a record of how much time you spend traveling to and from the doctor or clinic, how many days a month you do this and how long you wait in the office to be seen.
9.) When something is wrong, don't delay in seeking the doctor's advice, or speaking to the nurse; this way it will be entered into your medical record.
10.)Make sure that all medical evidence about your condition is on file.
11.)Remember the Primary Treating Physician's opinion carries the most weight! The Social Security examiners have never seen you.
12.)Have your doctor do a complete examination and write a letter explaining your condition in detail.
13.)If you're turned down on the initial application, you are entitled to go into the SS office and copy both the medical and non-medical file, but there probably will be a copying charge.
14.)If you are turned down, do not become discouraged, You will probably do better if you appeal and have the appeal handled by a lawyer specializing in appealing such cases. the fees of such lawyers are determined by the Social Security Administration, and are moderate.
This list also comes from a membe that was just approve for disabaility and some of the steps she went through:
1. I have been keeping all records from doc visits and making sure my other docs sent their notes back to my primary doctor.
2. I was also very honest with my primary doctor about how I was feeling. When the doctor asks you how you are feeling they really don't expect you to say fine all the time. I went to the doctor about every other month and have since started going every month because of my pain meds that need to be monitored.
3. I made a list of daily activies that I must do to manage my condition and how much time they take. I also listed daily living activities that I'm unable to do-cook, clean, write for longer than 15 minutes, shower when I'm home alone, etc. I gave this list to my primary doctor, my counselor, SSDI(still being processed) and Short and long term disability.
4. I took pictures of what I look like in my compression garments during the day, picture of the 4 reid sleeves I wear 4-6 hours during the day and to sleep at night, and a picture of me in bed wearing all 4 reid sleeves and a cpap machine for sleep apnea. I think these pictures helped the most because they made me a person and not a case number. Copies of these went to my primary doctor, my councelor, SSDI, and long and short term disability.
5. I have been seeing a councelor for about a year now to deal with this disability and I fully disclosed the records to ssdi and the short and long term insurance. I highly recommend you seeing a councelor if you are having problems dealing with this disability as she has helped me grieve for the future I expected and is helping me accept what my life and future holds for me now.
6. I personnaly talked to the short and long term insurance processors and made sure they had all the records they needed. I also sent several articles on LE to help educate them on the condition.
Some of the pages on the index to the left include:
Diagnosing Lymphedema by Physical Examination
http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/medical ... nation.htm
An Overview of Lymphedema
http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/medical ... hedema.htm
may be particularly helpful in educating the doctors as well.
Is the podiatrist Dr. Gentry?
Hope this all helps, please let us know how you do.
Best to Ya