Dr. Klein! We are back from a two week vacation at the Jersey Shore. We go every year but this year was special as I was able to walk the beach and enjoy the walks that are an essential part of my Shore experience. Last year I was unable to take the walks due to pain in my right leg and foot.
I came to you in 2012 with a diagnosis of Mortons Neuroma after another Podiatrist had determined that I needed surgery as PT has failed to remedy my foot-pain. That doctor refused to do the surgery as I was a high risk of complications due to RSD. You did the surgery and I went on my way with my foot restored.
During the Fall of 2013 I again developed pain in my right foot and leg. I held off seeking help as I assumed it was RSD and I did not want to deal with it. By April 2014 the pain was so severe that I returned to your office for an opinion. You diagnosed compression of the peroneal nerve in 4 different areas of the right foot and leg and recommended surgery to release the compressions.
I have always believed in second opinions and went to my pain doctor who did not disagree with the diagnosis but recommended that I seek a neurological opinion.. I first saw a podiatrist who agreed with the diagnosis but also recommended that I see a neurologist to rule out possible hip / low back involvement. I saw a neurologist who examined me, did EMGs that CONFIRMED peroneal compression, yet wrote a prescription for PT suggesting possible periformis problems. At this point I was barely walking but reluctantly went through the PT.
I am sorry that I did the PT against my better judgement. It killed time, did nothing to alleviate the foot / leg problem and merely confirmed what I already knew - that I have considerable adhesions in my trunk caused by multiple surgeries - and it sometimes affects my right hip.
By late summer I was unable to take walks and go to my yoga class due to the right foot / leg pain. I returned to your office in August and we scheduled surgery for early September.
By December I was able to take my walks and do yoga. It is wonderful to have my 69 year old foot back and I am grateful to you for your skills and faith in me as a patient. I come to the table with considerable medical challenges.
This became a long “thank you” but I wanted to express my gratitude.