John from Kentucky, 10 weeks after his ablation
John is a runner from Kentucky but couldn’t run due to his Morton’s neuroma. Now, 10 weeks after his ablation, he now doesn’t feel any more foot pain and has started easing back into jogging again without any problems. Listen to his decision to come to us versus having a local doctor do an operation.
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John: My name is John, and I’m from Kentucky.
Speaker 2: How bad was your pain prior to seeing us?
John: It was a change of lifestyle. No running, no jogging. In the past, I’ve been a runner. So since the onset of this, about five or six years ago, I had not done any running. Tried doing some light jogging, and even that was an issue. Any time that I had on a tight fitting shoe, or if I was on my feet for a long time in a given day, I could feel that pain coming on. I’d have to lay off of it and take it easy.
What was done kind of towards the end of the evaluation day, was they numbed the neuroma in my bad foot, the one that I’ve had issues with. They said, “Go test it. Go see what happens now that you can’t feel that neuroma. See if it makes a difference.” So for the first time in six years, I ran over two miles pain-free. To me, what that confirmed is that … Just as that evaluation is supposed to do, it confirms that it is the neuroma causing the pain.
So it’s been approximately 10, 11 weeks since the procedure, and I’ve noticed the big difference. There was always that feeling that there was something down there in my foot, especially when I was on it for a while. Since the procedure, I don’t feel that anymore. I don’t feel the pain associated with it that I used to when I’m on my feet for awhile. I’m slowly easing my way back into jogging, and I haven’t run into any issues so far.
Part of my job, I go onto construction sites and do a lot of walking in steel-toe boots, and I’m on my feet for awhile. I’ve found that that’s easier. Just the other day, I was on a job site and on my feet for awhile, and really no issues. I was on my feet for probably at least a couple hours straight. It’s kind of extreme to think, “Wow, I’m going to get on a plane and go to a whole another city to have a procedure done. That’s going to cost a lot of money.” But for me, what it came down to is it was either do that or have a local doctor here in town do a surgery where they cut the nerve, cut the neurolma off.
I thought at first that coming to Boston and having that procedure done would actually cost more. But in the long run, I crunched the numbers, and it ended up being cheaper for me to just pay out of pocket and have the procedure done. When I added up all the costs, it was cheaper for me to buy a plane ticket and a hotel room, and pay all of the costs of procedure than it would have been to have a doctor in town do the surgery. Because once you add up the cost of the surgery and all of the … In my experience after surgery, six to eight months of physical therapy, not to mention the six months of recovery from the procedure itself, I guarantee it would’ve cost me more out of my own pocket, even with insurance helping out, to have that procedure done, to have local surgery done.
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.