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June Weber is 82 years old and has always loved to swim. The past couple years, however, her chronic right ankle pain made June’s once-relaxing activity uncomfortable. The stiffness and loss of motion began to take its toll on June, both in and out of the pool.
A podiatrist diagnosed June with arthritis. After initially opting for more conservative forms of treatment, such as bracing and cortisone injections, without much success, June knew it was time to seek further treatment.
“I’d been treating this problem for a few years,” she said. “Cortisone wasn’t working, and it was getting very hard to walk. So, the question was, what do I do next?”
June’s podiatrist recommended she visit Christopher Edwards, MD, a Tri Rivers orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon who joined the practice in 2017.
“I had gotten good reports about him,” June said. “I thought, ‘OK, he’s the guy to go to.’”
After Dr. Edwards carefully examined June, she elected to undergo an ankle replacement as opposed to a fusion. As one can imagine, going through any type of surgery in your early 80s is not an ideal scenario, but June stayed positive and placed her trust in Dr. Edwards. To June’s delight, the surgery went off without a hitch, and she began the recovery process.
“After the surgery, Dr. Edwards said I should stay off the ankle for four or five weeks,” she said. “It was a blessing that my daughters and granddaughter were able to come down and help me out during that time, so I did stay off it like he suggested. A knee walker was ordered, and it was very helpful for me to get around until I could put weight on my foot.”
Once the initial recovery was complete, June began working with a physical therapist for about six weeks to regain her ankle strength. She said the therapy was crucial to getting her mobility to the place it once was.
Through it all, June said Dr. Edwards and the Tri Rivers staff went above and beyond to provide her with the best possible patient experience.
“They were very, very good,” she said. “I would call with any questions I had, and they would call me back immediately and give me a clear answer. I didn’t have to wait forever – they responded so quickly.”
Now, with her ankle no longer holding her back, June is living a comfortable, pain-free lifestyle.
“I can go do my favorite things again,” she said. “I can do things around the house that I couldn’t do before because it just hurt too much. I can go grocery shopping again, I can go to the gym again.
“And I can swim again.”