On My Feet All Day
As a kindergarten teacher for many years, Grace was used to being on her feet all day. “I was busy,” Grace says, “And I just didn’t have time to address all my aches and pains.”
Grace had pain in her big toes, but she ignored it and kept up with her active life, and her daily one-mile walks. “I just sucked it up,” Grace says, “I think a lot of people do that when they are busy.”
Then The Pain Kicked In
When Grace retired from teaching, suddenly the pain kicked in. “I was having trouble walking because of the pain. Finally, I got tired of dealing with it and decided to find treatment.”
Grace went online, began researching, and soon found Dr. James Anderson, DPM. “I didn’t realize I had arthritis in my big toe joints,” she said. “You just know you have pain, but you don’t really know what’s going on until you go in and make an appointment.”
Regenerative Medicine + Surgery
Dr. Anderson says, “Because of the arthritis, there was a bone spur on her joint. I recommended surgery to remove it and clean up the bone. Then, we could follow up with a regenerative medicine injection.”
Grace decided to have the surgery, and then followed up with the regenerative injection, and laser therapy to help reduce inflammation and prevent scar tissue from forming.
“Regenerative medicine works by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal, and the stem cell components help to regenerate the damaged cartilage,” says Dr. Anderson. “If we see the patient early enough, we can often use regenerative therapies to avoid surgery completely.”
“For Grace, this treatment approach helped us to save her joint and improve function! Many times, patients will have to have a joint fusion or replacement, and we were able to prevent that.”
Hitting the Trails Again
It wasn’t long before Grace was living the retired life she had hoped for. “I’m back to doing anything that I want,” Grace says.
“I can go hiking, and I can travel! I walk two miles every day, and I can wear any shoes I want to!”
Her advice for others is this. “Don’t wait any longer to address your pain. The longer you put it off, the more damage can occur. And then, that’s more time and money you will have to spend to resolve it.”
“Take the time to take care of yourself. It’s important.”
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