RSD: Foot Pain

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Even after being in cast for 5 weeks from a wound on the bottom of my foot, and RSD flaring, 
I was able to push through. I put my running shoes on and did 2 miles on the beach ❤️
I’m thankful for you every day. 
You never gave up in fixing me. 
Can’t thank you enough 😘

Hi, my name is Sabrina Shelden, a 23 year old farm girl and midwifery student from Alaska. Here’s my story on how Dr. Dellon has helped me. 
  My left foot didn’t grow right as a child, by age 17 I had to have major foot reconstructive surgery to realign my very misaligned foot which was giving me significant pain. The surgery was successful in realigning the bone structure, but left me with more severe pain than before, probably from nerve damage and/or tightness from the drastic change of foot position. I struggled for years after with pain with every step, so bad that I struggled just to perform normal daily activities. I have always been a very active person who loves the outdoors, but often, days were so bad that I didn’t even want to get out of bed and struggled with depression. Most of the time, people didn’t know how much I was suffering because I tried to hide it and be cheerful and positive, but deep inside I felt like crying all the time. The pain would often get so bad that I would break out in a cold sweat. I began seriously considering amputation, but didn’t like what I found out about it; it definitely wasn’t “the answer” as it has many complications of its own. 
  My wonderful, supportive mother was desperate to get me help. When we went to see more than one doctor, all they wanted to do was fuse my foot or undo the reconstructive surgery, all things that would only cause further damage/strain to my foot and already sensitive nerves. I knew that it would only make the problem worse. Different injections I tried didn’t help me either. 
While doing research, she came across Dr Dellon’s work of nerve denervation and contacted him to see if he would help. He said he thought he could help, so we traveled all the way from our home in Alaska to see him. He was understanding and really seems to care about helping people get out of pain. (his wife Luiann who helps him is super nice as well:) He then performed nerve blocks to try to identify which nerves were the problem. It turned out that almost every nerve to my foot was giving me pain. I wasn’t that surprised...
  During the ensuing surgeries, Dr. Dellon quickly realized how complicated my foot was when he found that my nerves were not all even in the normal location expected. But he persevered, and was finally able to locate and remove the problem nerves. After recovering, I have had a huge improvement in my pain. So many areas on my foot that were very painful are finally gone! I wouldn’t say I’m pain free, because I still have pain in the only nerve that can’t be removed because it’s a function nerve, but the improvement I’ve had in the other areas has been such a lifesaver. I’ll never have a perfect foot because of it being reconstructed, but Dr Dellon has helped make life a lot more bearable for me. There were many times when another nerve showed to be problematic and I had to tell him about it, that I feared he was going to throw his hands up in frustration and give up on me; but no, he was always willing to help and get to the bottom of it. I really appreciate all he’s done for me. 
If you are struggling with chronic pain and are looking into this option, I would be happy to discuss with you my experience with the surgeries/ what to expect with the recovery if you would like. If you want to speak with me about my experience, just ask Dr. Dellon for my contact information

I can use my leg quite well now doing farm work, as you can see here, me driving tractor on the farm.
You have given me great relief and hope for the future by operating on my painful foot. Thanks Dr. Dellon. SS

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Here are my husband and I with our first grandchild, Dr Dellon. He is one year old and it is 3 and a half years since you did my surgery for CPRS in my left leg. I am doing great. Thanks so much. SH

I can stand and rock my new grand daughter without any pain in that left foot. It is two and a half years since you relieved me of all that pain. Both you and I “rock” now Dr Dellon. SH and Layl

Look at climb the wall and go hiking, and snow walking with my Mom, now3 years after you fixed the nerves causing CRPS in my ankle. Dr. Dellon, thank you so much. KJ

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I am planting my previously painful foot next to the foot planter that I gave you 5 years ago. No more CRPS in that foot. The foot used to be swollen, yellowish, cold, bright pink sometimes. No one could touch it. I could not wear a normal shoe. Now, I ran a half-marathon!! (I know you said not to do it.) Thanks so much Dr. Dellon. SEH

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I am at my son’s wedding. Look at me walking down the isle with him and my husband! Look at me dancing with my son! It is 13 months since you did the below-knee amputation with your special “nerve-in-muscle” technique Dr Dellon. I have no pain my stump and no phantom pain. Thank you for making this wedding day even more special for me. You have brought a happy conclusion to 6 years of pain in that left foot.













Bangkok. I am off on a business trip. Nine months since the complicated foot surgery Dr. Dellon did. I am feeling great. Overflowing with energy. Not even taking a cane with me on the trip. Thanks so much to you and your team. Mike




My horrible foot pain is gone Dr. Dellon. No phantom limb. How do you like my new BK prosthesis. SH

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I did it, a 5 mile race to celebrate 5 years since you operated. Took a bunch of surgeries, but we did it, beat RSD. Thanks Dr. Dellon SH

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After my hip replacement, I had severe pain and some paralysis in my leg. After a year, it did not get better. Now I am dancing for joy Dr. Dellon, after you helped restore movement and relieve pain in my foot. Thank you, and Happy New Year. LW

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RSD foot Lorin Toeppe 1 year working out on TurfLook Dr. Dellon. I’m exercising, sideways on turf. It’s 2 years since my horrible accident and fractures. Your surgery did great. LT in Ca.











Here I am (pale pink dress) at my sister’s wedding. I am standing. No more RSD/CRPS in my right leg after your surgeries. Thanks so much Dr. Dellon.

SPN wedding Lexi Anderson

Two years after you operated on the nerves in my legs, I am back running and lifting weights again. Good as new. Tx Dr Dellon. SP

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I went trick or treating last night Dr Dellon. Last Thanksgiving I was home in a wheelchair. Thanks

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Watch me walk. 6 mo. since you released the nerves on my right crushed foot. No more RSD. No wheelchair. Tx Dr. Dellon. LT

I have chosen to be on Rose Bowl parade float after foot nerve/tendon reconstruction by Dr Dellon. MJ from A

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Here I am swimming in Bermuda with Mom & sister. RSD & CRPS are gone Dr. Dellon.

Tx. AS from RI

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After 15 months in wheel chair with RSD (CRPS) due to snowboarding injury to left knee, your knee denervation surgery returned my life. Here I am kayaking alone and tubing. My knee works. My skin does not hurt anymore.

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15 months since snowboading accident caused RSD (CRPS). 8 weeks after Dr Dellon’s surgery. My family can touch my knee again and I can walk.



Me doing pool rehab. Have not been able to let anything touch my leg >in 16 months. Just 3 weeks after your surgery and I am now walking & swimming Dr Dellon. AD

After nearly 16 months of pure hell and agonizing pain, only 3 weeks after surgery with Dr. Dellon:

  • Bandages: Gone
  • Stitches: Gone
  • Hypersensitivity to touch: Gone (We are selling touches to his knee for $5.00 per touch)
  • Knee Brace: Gone
  • Shower bag to go over leg: Gone
  • Wheelchair: Preparing to be donated

Local RI Doctors orders: Get out of my office. Go enjoy your life. Don't come back. J Rehab starts today. He will soon walk out of hell with a smile on his face! We will be forever grateful to Dr. Dellon, family, friends and supporters along the way. Today truly is the first day of the rest of his life. Now to get the word out to save others kids like Aidan who were told its all in his head. And soon I am going to take my son fishing.

I took my first shower in 15 months! My snowboard injury gave me CRPS (RSD) of left knee. Your surgery removed my pain. Tx Doc. Aidan

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After a snowboarding accident, this 13 year old, suffering from RSD (CRPS) of left knee, responds to a series of Dr Dellon¹s nerve blocks to joint and skin nerves that demonstrate there is hope for him if these damaged nerves are removed at surgery.

I won my first diving medal. Thank you again for fixing the hurt nerves in my leg. JW, NJ


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Going back to work. Crushed foot once with RSD, now is ticklish. Tx Dr Dellon DH of Md


Wow! Finished 5K run!. It is 2.5 years since your last surgery for RSD of my left foot. I am running again. Tx you Dr Dellon. SH of Va


Disabled by pain after bunion surgery 7 yrs ago. RSD! CRPS! No sheets touched my foot. Today husband touches me. Smiling. Tx Dr Dellon Lori

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Hello Dr Dellon, just sending in an update from Canada. I have been practically pain free for the past three years since you performed surgery on my left leg/foot following a crush injury resulting in RSD. Here are some pictures of me competing in a mud run to support cancer research in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. ( I am wearing the pink head band and green shirt) Before I met you and your fabulous team I never would have imagined I could do anything like this ever again. Thank you again for using your magic hands to make this possible!

Joanna Roellchen-Pfohl


bridge 1I walked all the way from Grand Central Station to South Street Seaport!!! Then to Little Italy for meatballs and a beer!

Thanks Dr D. SH








Suellen is wearing shoes, back at work, taking daughters to look at colleges. 2 yrs after surgery for RSD of her left foot.

Tx Dr Dellon

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I am back to Rodeo Barrel Racing. Your surgery fixed my right foot RSD after a horse crushed that leg.

Tx Dr Dellon. MW, Seattle

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From wheelchair to walking. Your nerve surgery relieved my RSD Dr Dellon. Tx D from U

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Naïve, reluctant, and stubborn I refused to accept this as my fate. When I was fourteen years old pain was a part of my every day life. Multiple doctors suggested that giving up the thing I loved the most was the only solution to my pain. I was told that if I did not quit figure skating, my feet would be ruined to the point where one day walking would be a challenge. With my mom by my side I visited more doctors, tried absurd home remedies, and researched online, but nothing seemed to help. “Over use” and rest ware not acceptable answers. Headstrong and persistent I continued to skate.

Skating led me to Fairfax, Virginia where I trained in the summer and on school vacations with a coach that lived there. There is where I met another skater, Anna Madorsky, in the summer of 2010 who had struggled with injuries a few years prior. By her suggestion I made an appointment with a doctor in Baltimore. Although skeptical, I was hoping for a new perspective, hopefully one that offered answers. After six hours in Dr. Dellon’s office, sitting through tests, poking and prying exactly where it hurt, he came to a verdict, something no other doctor I had seen was able to do. Less than a week after the initial appointment, I headed back to Baltimore to have surgery on my foot.

Dr. Dellon was an atypical doctor to say the least. Of the six hours I spent in his office, I was not just waiting to see him or confused as to what he had to say. In this short period of time he got to know me as an individual, not just my injury. He continued to email, call, and check up on me after I had traveled back home to Cary. The following year I returned to Baltimore for a second surgery. He stayed in touch just as he had the first time making sure I was doing well, and answering any questions that came about.

Still, I did not fully realize how outstanding of a man Dr. Dellon was, or what a true friend I had gained until over a year after my most recent surgery. He contacted me not to check on my foot or see if I was better, but to see how life was going. Dr. Dellon impacted my life more than just helping me regain my physicality and ability to skate. His goal is not to just fix the problem, but rather to help and encourage the person that is stuck. Because of him I know now that in what ever I decide do I want to help people. I want my schooling and work to provide me with the opportunity to enhance other’s lives as Dr. Dellon did to mine. I want to be able to give other people hope and have them find a friend in me as he did and continues to do.



Hey. ONE YEAR WITHOUT CRUTCHES. I use bike & treadmill. RSD so much better since your surgery. Back at work.

SH in Va

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rodeoBack in my Championship form horseback rodeo riding. RSD, CRPS, crutches, are all gone.

Thanks Dr Dellon. MW Seattle












Lucy Waite 6 weeks POp painting roofI am on a ladder and painting my room 6 weeks after you fixed my heel pain neuroma and tarsal tunnel surgery. Like my Grandma boots? Wow. Thanks.

LW in Utah.








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Me, with RSD in feet, sitting in wheelchair for my daughter's wedding.









Now, after your surgery, me walking again.

Tx Dr Dellon.


It is only two months since my surgery with you. You used Ketamine anesthesia. Here are my feet in the James River. I walked a mile to get here. Both feet look the same.

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1072518 4991974204422 34840820 oI just wanted to post a quick THANK YOU.. the staff at the surgery center was awesome and to say attentive is an understatement. Dr. Dellon.. you epitomize the term physician - because you are a physician in the truest sense of the word. I was terrified going into this - but you quickly gained my trust (something difficult to do when it comes to doctors).

Thank you for "living" your career and caring so much for your patients.. for once I didn't feel like a number in someone's file cabinet.





IMG 8169Walking much better after the nerve surgery you did. RSD is getting ready to leave me alone. SH













Two years since you did my surgery. 18 years since my sports injury. Look at me now. Yoga is great. 

Tx Dr Dellon. K in Fla.

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Saphenous Neurofibroma Wu Bao Jing POpI am back in China and dancing in my salsa classes Dr Dellon. Thank you for removing that painful nerve in my leg. BJW.


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No more sural neuroma pain. Finally. Thanks Dr Dellon. I can throw away this crutch!


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Hey, I am back riding my horse. The one that fell on my leg to give me RSD. Thanks for your surgery Dr Dellon.

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Happy New year 2013 to you! Remember that 4 years before you operated on me, a car ran over my left foot leaving me paralyzed with RSD. Here are two pictures from my Nicaragua trip, the first is pretty self explanatory, but the second one is me attempting to pull a 50 gallon pail of water from a 100ft well! Would never have thought either was possibe if it weren't for you and your surgery on my left leg 3 years ago. Joanna, Canada

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Water walking in my pink shoes! It has been 18 months since I could walk due to my RSD of the right knee/foot. It is just three weeks since your surgery.
Thanks Doctor Dellon. JB from CA

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Enjoying the Holidays with my husband. My RSD foot is warm and pink. I can now touch the top of my foot again without pain. 6 days after your surgery. Thanks Dr Dellon

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Madison (white scarf) enjoys a Holiday Reunion with her family after Dr Dellon relieves the RSD of foot by peripheral nerve.


4 months after you removed the last painful nerve from my foot, we carve turkey together and drink a toast of Thanksgiving that my pain is gone. Suellen, Virginia

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My RSD left foot now looks so much like my right one, and I am walking with John. No crutches.
Thanks Dr Dellon. SH, Virginia

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We went for lunch in the harbor. NO crutches!! In all the times to see you, we have never been able to do this.
Best part? Not just holding hands with John, but nobody staring at me! 

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Thanks for fixing my heel pain enough so I can use the kick stand on my bike. Dr. Dellon, here are Nancy and me in Boothbay Harbor Maine a couple of weeks ago. We have enjoyed the summer on the cycle with an eight day trip to Nova Scotia at the end of July.

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At the beach with my Dad (left) and Uncle (right) 6 months after Dr Dellon removed painful nerve causing RSD of my foot. Can you guess which foot had the RSD?


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My RSD foot on the left from 2009 and how it looks now Dr Dellon after your surgeries. I can walk without my crutches now.

 RSD of the foot successfully treated by nerve decompressions by Dr Dellon.



Dancing with Dad, like Dancing with the Stars, after Dr Dellon stopped 3 years of pain & paralysis in my foot.

Sara P, NJ


High school senior able to run on relay team after peroneal palsy and foot pain reversed by Dr Dellon's surgery.

Young woman with chronic refractory ankle and foot pain after seemingly simple ankle sprain. She was diagnosed with compression of the superficial peroneal nerve in the leg due to a stress – traction type injury from the ankle sprain. She has excellent recovery with relief of her pain and better sensation after surgery by Dr. Eric Williams.


Dear Dr. Dellon:
Its been 10 years since you operated on me and in honor of your surgeries, I wanted to explain what I went through before I met you and provide an update on my current condition.
I had an injury that included a very painful sprained ankle and torn ligament.  Additionally, there was nerve damage and I was diagnosed with RSD.  I was treated by several doctors who also worked with the professional football players in my city and after 7 nerve blocks these doctors told me that I would never walk again.  I was told to buy a wheel chair, that I would be on a fentanyl pump and would remain in horrible pain for the rest of my life. 
As you know, I refused to buy a wheel chair and the doctors proceeded to fire me as a patient! A neurologist continued to see me but my treating physicians would not.  I decided to attempt to rehab myself in a pool and after 3 months, could walk short distances without crutches.  I had been unable walk for total of 10 months. 
I knew that needed more medical assistance to fully recover and after having previously gone to several highly recommended doctors, I did not know who else to see. So I went back to the original doctors to show them that I could walk and let them also realize that I needed more medical assistance.  After 23 additional nerve blocks, 2 of which were phenol, I was not improving.  The pain was now in both feet and legs. During one of the visits to the operating room I was dropped while I was unconscious, completely rupturing the L-4, L-5 and L-5, SI joints.
In 2000 I learned about your nerve test, surgery and successful reputation. I told the neurologist about your surgery.  The neurologist basically laughed at me by saying “if there was a surgery available to cure the pain that you have, there would be a line of patients from here to Dallas waiting for it.”  
Regardless of his statement, I set up an appointment with you in Baltimore and after your nerve testing, you operated on each leg separately.  I am happy to report that the result is that I have been a runner for several years.  I run from 3 to 5 miles whenever I want.  I wanted you to have a photo of me running.
I really appreciate what you did for me.  Thanks Dr. Dellon!

"He is now standing on one leg, his previously
painful RSD leg, while pitching".

"Pre-Op This is appearance of RSD in the left foot before surgery"

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 Dr. Dellon was an angel sent from heaven to us.

In December of 2008 Jeffrey went into the hospital for a routine surgery to have his ACL repaired.  He had a peripheral nerve block in place therefore was numbed from his thighs to his toes; a brace was put on his leg.  Unfortunately the brace was too tight.  The tight brace caused Compartment Syndrome, which then led to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  This caused a paralyzed leg and excruciating pain in his foot.

We met Dr. Dellon on June 16, 2009 and knew we trusted him immediately.  Dr. Dellon performed surgery on July 16, 2009, and the progress he has made since then is truly a miracle.  He is still working hard to this day towards the best possible outcome.

We will forever be grateful to Dr. Dellon for helping our son with his kind compassionate ways and most of all for his skilled hands that started us on the road to recovery!

--The McDonald Family


Crushed Foot 



Dear Dr Dellon,

It was hard for most people to understand the frustration and suffering I experienced from more than 20 years of sporadic episodes of unexplained shooting pain in my toes. I saw multiple neurologists, orthopedists, pain specialists, osteopaths, chiropractors and therapists, and nobody had an explanation or a solution. I was even told by an emergency room doctor that there are no nerves in the top of my big toe, so I couldn't be feeling the pain that brought to him at 2 am and that I knew was absolutely real!

I would wake up in the middle of the night crying with pain and it would last for two to three days, and nothing helped. Eventually, having figured out which nerve was most likely the cause, and following an unsuccessful attempt by another surgeon to decompress the suspected nerve, the pain was constant and only a substantial daily dose of codeine relieved it.

Researching on line and following trails of information finally led us to you. The most amazing thing was your immediate comprehension of the problem and your willingness to try to track down the exact site of the nerve compression and attempt a surgical procedure to correct it. You suspected that the nerve was caught at the site of a 30 year old fracture of the tibia that had gradually built up scar tissue that trapped the nerve. To relieve the pain in my toes I needed surgery above the fracture site on my calf. Then, when the surgery was only partially successful, it became clear that an adjacent nerve was also trapped in the same area. You immediately scheduled a second surgery three weeks later to complete the job and relieve my pain.

Now, at the six week mark, I am off the codeine and relieved of all its nasty side effects. Last week, as you predicted, I returned to my favorite activity, sailing, and was jumping around the boat barefoot doing my usual tasks. Today I rode my bike for the first time in months. I still have some prickly sensation in the toes, especially at night, but it is quite bearable. Since it is gradually subsiding, I expect to be completely free of pain in the not too distant future.

I am 68 years young, and now feel that I have many years of productive activity ahead of me. I had almost lost hope that I could travel or commit myself to accept volunteer or family responsibilities since I never knew when I would be in severe pain or heavily drugged, or incapacitated for days at a time. As so many of your patients seem to say, I have my life back thanks to you.

Kayla Niles 

Opera Singer Regains Ability to Walk on Stage


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Agueda Herrero, Barcelona, Spain, December 2006

Dear Dr Dellon,

I hope you remember me. I am the Doctor from Spain that you operated on one year ago. At that time I was unable to walk without pain and numbness in my leg due to a previous injury. My pain had been with me for years and getting worse. Your surgery has been completely successful. There are no longer the skin color changes in my foot and no swelling. The pain is gone.

You decompressed two nerves in my lower leg and gave the muscles room to grow again. Now I can do my usual work to visit patients, do my pulmonary medicine (bronchoscopy). I can walk without problems and I can dance with my wife again!!!!!!!!

When you come to Barcelona, please come and visit me.

Agueda Herrero, MD
Pulmonary Medicine Specialist
Barcelona, Spain

Three Teenagers, Each with a Paralyzed Leg


 Susan Brown(Anna's Mother), La Jolla, CA, September 2005

Dear Dr Dellon:

Anna and I wanted to give you a follow-up report on how her right foot is doing following your surgery three years ago.  At that time she stopped competitive figure skating because of the pain in the dorsum (top) of her right foot.  This hurt particularly with take offs and landings during her jumps.  She had seen many doctors as she was competing at the level of the national team.  There were no stress fractures, and she had tried all types of skates.  You diagnosed an entrapment a nerve on the top of her foot, beneath a tendon and crossing a bone.  This is compression of the deep peroneal nerve, a condition you first described.  Wel......

All is well, Anna's foot is great.  She is finishing her last year in college in Colorado, and well, missed skating so much she is training and doing triple jumps again.  She will be going to qualifying competitions.  She loves the competition so, and can now look at it somehow with new eyes!!!  The foot is as if nothing had ever happened to it....

Again Thank you...
Susan Brown
La Jolla, CA

Foot Drop CPN


Grisha & Gregg Phillips, New York, October 2004

Dear Dr. Dellon:

About a year ago my son Gregg was suffering from Tarsal Tunnel syndrome.  His case was rather severe and when we would travel, he found it necessary to have a wheelchair.  He was constantly in pain and could not walk any distance without some assistance.  One day, I picked up a copy of USA Today which featured and article on Podiatry.  I guess it was meant to be.  Fortunately this article lead us to you. It is obvious why you have such a wonderful reputation in your field.  Gregg had been suffereing a few  years, seen many different doctors, all with various diagnosis and suggestions.  Nothing seemed to help him.  The doctors were not terribly encouraging.  Up until seeing you, we had almost given up hope of ever finding a successful solution.  We were most encouraged by your understanding and grasp of the problem.  You instilled confidence and we decided to follow through with your advice and have surgery to correct the problem.  Here it is a year later and Gregg is pain free.  It is so wonderful to know that he can now plan to go places and do things with his family, and not have to worry about his feet hurting him.

I might also add that both Lisa and Rita in your office were wonderful and extremely helpful.  Everything was handled in a very professional manner.  The services were very much appreciated.  We hope this letter is an inspiration to others who might be contemplating similar surgery with you.

Gregg joins me in thanking you again for everything.  Best regards to you and your competent staff.

Grisha S. Phillips
Gregg Phillips (Syracuse, New York)

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