I must admit that I was initially hesitant to see a foot and ankle surgeon right out of residency. Any fears have long since been resolved. Doctor Mariola Rivera has provided exceptional care. Literally, when I came to Dr. Rivera I could not walk, and the pain so severe, it kept me awake at night, threatening my position with an orthopedic practice owned by an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill-Cornell.
On Saturday, June 16, I visited Dr. Rivera for an emergent appointment, with a suspected self-diagnosis of acute gout attack on the heel (sudden onset). Not only did she prove my diagnosis completely wrong, she provided two corticosteroid injections, after which the pain was completely gone, indicating she had correctly injected the areas causing pain (there were two distinct areas that I had missed). Slowly, over the ensuing days the pain improved 90%, allowing me to continue working. The x-rays were revealing, and her recommendations for foot care and a different NSAID combined to provide exceptional and rapid relief. Several months ago, her expert care for nail fungal infection with repeat ingrown toenail has eliminated further episodes.
Doctor Rivera’s surgical skills, diagnostic acumen and expert knowledge are among the best I have ever seen in 46 years of medical practice as a PA and professional athletic trainer.