Judy Schmidt was at the end of her rope. After more than 20 years of debilitating neuropathy, countless doctors’ appointments, and pain that just wouldn’t let up, she was ready to quit. Finally, she found hope.

Life Before Neuropathy

Judy was a woman with a life. She had run a successful business for more than 30 years, and had no plans to stop. She was a wife and a mother, and had a very active social life. She walked five miles every night, and loved to dance with her husband. Life was good.

A Devastating Diagnosis

Suddenly, Judy started to feel burning in her feet. “It just kept getting worse and worse. I went to the doctor, and he said I had neuropathy, or tarsal tunnel syndrome,” Judy says.

“The pain was getting so bad that I couldn’t sleep at night, and I had to go on narcotics. I eventually had to end my career five years earlier than I wanted to because the pain was so severe.”

In a Wheelchair

“I ended up in a wheelchair because I just couldn’t walk any more. I couldn’t drive, I couldn’t go to the store. And, I couldn’t feel my feet anymore, yet I was in excruciating pain 24/7,” Judy says.

She tried everything. Acupuncture, chiropractic care, medication. “They recommended that we put a pain pump in my stomach to release medicine constantly in my system, and I refused,” says Judy.

She was ready to travel across the country for treatment. “I tried to get into several major hospitals, but they said there was nothing they could do for me.”

Ready to Give Up

“I became a recluse,” Judy recalls, “I didn’t go out with friends anymore, because I couldn’t walk and keep up with the social activities.”

After two nervous breakdowns from being in nonstop pain, and a diminished quality of life, Judy was ready to give up. “I’m not that kind of person, I always try to stay very positive and think there’s someone out there who has it worse than me. But, the pain wears you down mentally, and I just got to the point I didn’t want to live anymore.”

A Daughter Steps In

Judy’s daughter Tammy saw that her mom was on a downward spiral. “I felt that I was losing my mom and it was time to do something,” Tammy says. As a nurse who had spent 20+ years in the medical field, Tammy was determined to find a solution.

She went online, did her research, found Dr. Anderson, and made an appointment.

Finally, Joy

Both of Judy’s daughters made the trip from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins to take Judy to see Dr. Anderson, and they finally felt like they had a solution. “They believed in him immediately, and they were dancing in the exam room,” Judy says.

Dr. James Anderson, DPM, says “Judy was suffering from severe neuropathy and nerve pain, and was a great candidate for nerve decompression surgery in both legs.”

Nerve decompression surgery takes less than an hour, patients can walk the next day, and most patients experience little to no pain during recovery.

Judy’s Life Today

Just a few weeks after surgery, Judy came back to see Dr. Anderson, and this time, she was crying tears of joy.

“I moved my toes for the first time in twenty years. I felt the pedal of the car, and carpet under my toes, and I can walk!”

Judy is back to living: walking, driving, grocery shopping, and of course, spending time with her daughters. She is building up her strength again after so many years of not being able to stand and walk.

“To me, this is a miracle,” Judy says, “ I feel like I have my life back, and I am so grateful to Dr. Anderson. My husband and I are going to be dancing again by the end of the year.”

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  1. November 16, 2017

    I loss feeling in both legs and feet I am a diabetic but I had blood clots two years ago one foot almost no feeling the other is less from knee on down went to cardiovascular surgeon he just wants to cut the legs off

    • November 28, 2017

      Hi Erin! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We do have both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for diabetic neuropathy. But in order to discuss which treatment options might be right for you, it is best for us to see you in person. We do a thorough physical examination so we can provide you with an individualized approach. This month we are offering a free office visit. Please call us to schedule. We would love to see you, and see if we can help!

  2. November 22, 2017

    My husband has type 2 diabetes and suffers from pain and numbness is his left leg. He is 80 years old.. doctor prescribed Gabapentin 600 mg, 3 times a day. This has not helped. He still suffers. Is there anything you can do? Are you Medicare approved?

    • November 28, 2017

      Hi Terry!
      Yes we do accept Medicare, and we do have both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for treating diabetic neuropathy. This month we are offering a free office visit. Please call us to schedule, we would love to see you and see if we can help!

  3. December 3, 2017

    What options are there for tarsal tunnel?

    • December 5, 2017

      Hi Laurie! Thanks for your question. Depending on how severe it is, there are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options available. For non-surgical options, we use orthotics, ESTIM, and MLS laser therapy. You can see our recent blog (Neuropathy 101) to learn more about those. Cortisone injections could be considered, but rarely give long term relief. We offer nerve decompression surgery as our surgical option, and this is what Judy had. Occasionally, we see patients who had tarsal tunnel surgery performed elsewhere, and it failed and then needs to be redone. Judy had two previous attempts from other surgeons that were unsuccessful. When she came to see us, Dr. Anderson performed the third surgery, and was successful. The surgical success rate is very good as long as the proper technique is used. We would love to see you and talk about which treatment options might be best for you. Please give us a call to schedule!

  4. December 12, 2017

    Would you be able to treat MS patients that have electric shocks through there body along with Lymphedema

    • December 18, 2017

      Hi Dianne! Great question. In some cases, these symptoms can be caused by MS, and in other cases, it can be a separate nerve issue in the limb. Many physicians do not do an adequate neurological exam of the lower limb, and the symptoms are often all lumped into an MS diagnosis. We would love to see you in person, and complete a thorough history and physical examination and see if we can help! This month we are offering a free office visit, please call our office to schedule.

  5. April 17, 2018

    Do you take Medicaid?

    • May 9, 2018

      Hi Steve! Unfortunately, we do not take Medicaid as a primary, only as a secondary insurance.

  6. April 23, 2018

    I have Neropathy in both feet and hhands. I am in tremendous pain.

    • May 9, 2018

      Hi Elvin! Our surgical and non-surgical treatments for neuropathy have helped relieve painful symptoms for many patients. We treat lower extremity neuropathy at our office, but we do have a contact who treats upper extremity neuropathy, and we can discuss that with you. Please give us a call, we would love to see you.

  7. May 8, 2018

    Can you tell me if you know Dr in Scottsdale ? I hurt so bad truer acupuncture allergic to all pain pills hope you can let mebknow

    • May 9, 2018

      Hi Bev! There are very few doctors in the world that are proficient in the surgical and non-surgical options that we provide. We do not know of any providers in Scottsdale, but we do have many patients who travel and come see us for treatment. We have a team at our office that helps with travel logistics, and can answer questions for you. Please feel free to give us a call, we would love to talk with you!

  8. May 14, 2018

    Does your clinic and procedures help with chemo induced neuropathy (numbness and aching pain in the balls of both feet and toes which is worse on my left side and restless legs). I am breast cancer survivor who has chemo induced neuropathy from the drug Taxol. I took Gabapentin for a while and since the tingling burning pain has mostly passed it doesn’t help with other symptoms.

    • May 22, 2018

      Hi Cindy! Yes, we have had great success treating patients with chemo-induced neuropathy. We have both surgical and non-surgical options available. Please come see us, we would love to help!

  9. June 28, 2018

    I have MS and suffer from neuropathy. I was love to see if you can help me. Are you still offering free office visit.

    • July 9, 2018

      Hi Chrystal! Thank you for reaching out to us. We would love to see you in person for an exam, and see if we can help! We are offering a free new patient appointment and exam right now, and we would love to have you call our office to schedule. Just mention this blog when you call. We hope to see you soon!

  10. July 17, 2018

    My name is Russ Surratt and I have Neuropathy. I’ve had Neuropathy for 18 years in my feet, lower legs, and hands! I believe that I got Neuropathy from chemicals that was used in X-ray dark rooms at clinics and hospitals. I serviced X-ray film processors for 25 years and a lot of the dark rooms back then didn’t have good ventilation and some not at all. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008 which made the symptoms twice as bad. Over all this time I have tried every thing I found available but with no improvement. I am on Morphine and Oxycodone 24/7 and in
    Thanks Russ Surratt last few months I have lost my balance and and falling many times a week. My equilibrium is all messed up because of Neuropathy. I now have to use a walker and I have been fully disabled for the last three years. My hands are fully disabled I have my wife helps dress me and getting my meals for me. My wife helps me 24/7 get ready for the day. I am so embarrassed to go anywhere and visit friends or just even go out. I have thought of suicide many times this last year and I have told no one. My only son and child was killed in a auto accident back 7 months ago. He was only 32 years old. I was about ready to give up on help for my Neuropathy pain until I came across your blog on Facebook. I am only 58 years old and I am a Veteran and disabled. Please help me get my life back! I live in a small
    In western Nebraska. Can you help me?

  11. August 12, 2018

    My wife has severe nerve pain in her feet and legs from Sarcoidosis. Do you have experience with Sarcoidosis patients?

  12. August 19, 2018

    Would this help with idiopathic small fiber neuropathym?

  13. January 19, 2019

    Hello Dr. Anderson,
    I’m Denise i was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy about 9 years ago. As far as i know I’m not a diabetic. Ive been tested in 2009 for diabetes. When i was diagnosed. My question is can you help me with my type of neuropathy? Do you accept medicare united healthcare Benefits my neuropathy is getting worst. My balance,walking,standing
    Numbness sensations to heat and cold.

  14. January 20, 2019

    I have diabetic neuropathy in my toes and front part of my feet. It feel like my toes are pressing against tight shoes. The pain and tingling is to much. I Gabapentin 300mg 3x a day out don’t help much. Do you of a doctor in the Central Florida that can help me get rid of the pain.

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