Ari’s testimonial after his cryoablations
Ari had a Morton’s neuroma which was so bad that at times he couldn’t even weight bear on his right foot and also had pain on his left foot. He now has no pain and has had about 80% relief and is now able to do everything he wants. Watch him now after ultrasound guided cryoablations on both feet.
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Ari: I’ve had foot pain probably since about 2013 and I was diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma in both feet. I have had chronic discomfort in the left foot for a long time and it would sort of come and go. It was very concentrated at times and then it would sort of spread at times, but what really prompted me to come to the center for Morton’s Neuroma was that I had a really bad flare up with my right foot. I’m extremely active, I walk, I work out. I do a lot of different things. And I had a day where I just couldn’t put weight on my right foot and I thought I’m not going to be able to do a hiking vacation if this persists.
I was chronically probably at about a five or a six in discomfort but occasionally with these flares, that were significantly worse. I had seen doctor in provenance about that and because my wife had been through it, I sort of had an idea of what the most extreme form of remedy for it was, which was the surgery for the neuroma.
She also had a series of alcohol shots, and that was pretty much all that I was offered as potential remedies. I was looking for something that I thought … I as hoping there were other modalities that might work short of having to actually have the surgery. And I really hadn’t been given any advice other than wear wide fitting shoes.
Since we have a hiking vacation coming up, I wanted to make sure that I was able to walk long distances without a lot of pain, and I had recently had flare ups of the neuroma particularly in my right foot. So, I signed up for the service at the Center for Morton’s Neuroma. I found their service on the web and there were all these different things that were offered, including the sonogram guide, cryoablation and then various steps that you could take short of alcohol injections and surgery. And I was hopeful that somewhat of these would work.
I made the appointment, it was very simple, you called me and helped me with the prep. I came up, I met the doctor and I had the process described for me. I made an appointment for the actual operation to be done, I came in, I think the whole thing took less than an hour. I found both doctors who worked with me were really pleasant and fun, explained everything that was likely to happen. All the scheduling and everything was incredibly fast and the in and out of the service, there was hardly any waiting whatsoever. That was pretty much what it was like in the facility itself. It was very clean. You came, you greeted me, you told me what to expect.
I saw the pediatrist and then the doctor actually did the procedure. I had cryoablation for Morton’s Neuroma in both the left and right foot. It was between the fourth and fifth toes on my right foot, and between the third and fourth on my left foot. Everything is scheduled really fast, there’s very little waiting, and you have so many treatment modalities that are available to you. And the staff, I mean it’s really a very warm, accommodating environment and for me it was absolutely the right idea. And if you’re frustrate with not having enough options for treatment, or you want somebody who actually knows what they’re doing, I have no pain in my right foot. There’s still a mild numbness which I understand abates over time, but the pain that I had that was associated with the neuroma has really gone.
Speaker 2: Yeah.
Ari: And I don’t have any problems walking, certainly on my right foot. My left foot, the area of numbness, I don’t have pain in my left foot I just have this little ball of numbness and it has shrunken quite a bit, it’s very focused just in one small spot. So, I would say I’ve had probably about an 80% relief overall.
I don’t think there’s any reason for me to go back.
Speaker 2: No.
Ari: There’s nothing that I want to do that I can’t do anymore because of the foot pain.
Well, you don’t want to have the surgery because if you have the surgery you’re off your feet for at least two weeks following the Morton’s Neuroma surgery removal. So, this I was completely ambulatory as soon as I left.
Speaker 2: Great.
Ari: For me it’s important to be able to carry on with your life, and also the things like some of these treatments like the alcohol shots are extremely painful and you don’t know what you’re going to get. So, having a graduated process where you tried something which is hopefully very targeted and has a high probability of success without having that multiple series of very painful injections I thought was terrific.
Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc is the Medical Director of The Center for Morton’s Neuroma and Complete Spine and Pain Care, an interventional and integrated Pain Management program located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Previously, Dr. Pearl was the Co-Director of the Pain Management Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where she was also the Director of the Fellowship program. She is the former Director of a satellite pain center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Pain Management Center, located at the HealthSouth Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Pearl held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. She serves on the Health Care Services Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents since 2000 as one of its physician representatives and is Chair of the Committee on Pain Management.