Erik C. Lilja, DPM

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I went to Dr Lilja because of a recommendation from a family member. I'd been having severe toe and foot pain for months. I'd already been to an orthopedist that took x-rays and didn't see anything wrong with bones. He suggested a specialist.

Dr Lilja did a quick exam and didn't ask for the recent x-rays or take any himself. He said I might have neuromas but I needed orthotics (in-house) and should schedule a fitting (~$550, considered optional by insurance) for them. I didn't see how orthotics would help the 24/7 acute pain I had.

Instead I went to another doctor that took more x-rays, MRI and tried injections (diagnostic tool). I had no visable signs of a problem but the cortizone and procaine shots stopped the pain for a few hours. I was sent tomy back doctor that told me I had a structural problem in my left side and foot and should see a PT..

The PT found my left foot only had severe pronation. the most likely cause was an old (and repeatedly) ankle injury and more recent lower back injury causing me to change my gate. Wthin two weeks, with exercises, I'm doing much better.

It's hard for me to believe a doctor wouldn't take more time and effort to find the root cause of a problem before trying to get a patient spend money on their own orthotics.

Also, the office manager does an amazing job of both defending and making sure all complaints and issues go through her. It's because of her I decided to write a review here.

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I went to Dr Lilja because of a recommendation from a family member. I'd been having severe toe and foot pain for months. I'd already been to an orthopedist that took x-rays and didn't see anything wrong with bones. He suggested a specialist.

Dr Lilja did a quick exam and didn't ask for the recent x-rays or take any himself. He said I might have neuromas but I needed orthotics (in-house) and should schedule a fitting (~$550, considered optional by insurance) for them. I didn't see how orthotics would help the 24/7 acute pain I had.

Instead I went to another doctor that took more x-rays, MRI and tried injections (diagnostic tool). I had no visable signs of a problem but the cortizone and procaine shots stopped the pain for a few hours. I was sent tomy back doctor that told me I had a structural problem in my left side and foot and should see a PT..

The PT found my left foot only had severe pronation. the most likely cause was an old (and repeatedly) ankle injury and more recent lower back injury causing me to change my gate. Wthin two weeks, with exercises, I'm doing much better.

It's hard for me to believe a doctor wouldn't take more time and effort to find the root cause of a problem before trying to get a patient spend money on their own orthotics.

Also, the office manager does an amazing job of both defending and making sure all complaints and issues go through her. It's because of her I decided to write a review here.

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Erik C. Lilja, DPM Office Locations:

206-527-4177

9501 5th Avenue North East

Seattle, WA, WA 98115

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206-624-6170

509 Olive Way

Seattle, WA, WA 98101

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