MA ABPM Diplomate Discusses Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma

An Excerpt from Harvard Health Letter and PMNews

 You’re not alone if you develop pain in your feet when the temperatures drop outdoors. “Colder weather makes you realize there’s a problem,” said Dr. Jim Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. “You’re no longer wearing sandals, and your feet are enclosed in shoes. That brings pain to your attention.”

Dr JamesIoli ABPM Diplomate

Shoes or boots that are tight in the toe put you at risk for a Morton’s neuroma. It’s a thickening of the nerve, usually between the third and fourth toes, and it feels like you’re standing on a pebble, causing stinging, burning, and numbness. Quick fix: Elevating the foot won’t help, but you can rest and ice your foot, take NSAIDs with a doctor’s okay, and get shoes with more room in the toe. A metatarsal pad placed below the pad of the foot can help. Long-term fix: “You may need a series of three steroid injections over a period of six months. If that doesn’t work, we operate to remove the neuroma,” Ioli said.

Source: Buffalo News via Harvard Health Letter [10/11/14]

Jim Ioli, DPM is an ABPM Diplomate

Dr. John Connors Gets Rock Star Back on His Feet

Jon Bon Jovi and ABPM Diplomate Dr. John Connors

Jon Bon Jovi and ABPM Diplomate Dr. John Connors

Source: Robert Cavanaugh, Meridian Health Views [September/October 2014]

For the past three decades, Jon Bon Jovi has been performing concerts all over the world in front of millions of loyal fans. What those fans did not realize was that he was pushing through intense foot pain for many of those concerts. “The pain was so severe during my 2013 Because We Can Tour that I would want to jump through the ceiling whenever it was touched,” Jon says. “I got to the point where I was given injection therapy, orthotics, shockwave therapy, and platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, but they did not alleviate the chronic condition.” After the tour concluded, Jon revisited John Connors, DPM, a sports podiatrist at Riverview Medical Center.

At Riverview, under the care of Dr. Connors, Jon underwent endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF), which is a minimally invasive and minimally traumatic surgical treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis. Six weeks is the typical recovery time for this surgery. “Exactly six weeks later, Jon was again walking and jogging on the treadmill,” Dr. Connors added. “He is now 100 percent for the first time in years.”




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