I had a tendon repair re-rupture on the left side and it caused extensive damage. Andy, with recommendation from my PT, to put a buttress on my shoe to keep me from leaning out. After 2 weeks it was better, and I was finally able to walk short distances.
Tell us your story, how did you become injured/need a brace/an amputee?
In 2012, I had a tendon repair re-rupture on the left side and it caused extensive damage. They had to re-do the tendon but when they came out of surgery I had nerve damage. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and weakness, all on the left side. I had seen a bunch of specialists and my physical therapist suggested that I go see an orthopedist that specialized in the pain syndrome. We were thinking the tendon had either not healed or partial re-tore. There were three different people she recommended, the first one was out of our network and immediately wanted to do surgery. My PT said that would make it worse. The second orthopedist says he wouldn’t want to do surgery because of my pain but suggested an AFO and he sent me to Andy at RISE Prosthetics + Orthotics.
How did you hear about RISE Prosthetics + Orthotics?
Surgeon suggested me to Andy.
What was your experience with RISE Prosthetics + Orthotics?
Andy took a look at me and knew that an AFO wasn’t going to work, but that was what the script was for. He talked to the physical therapist I had been working with for a long time and they coordinated with each other, talked about it and decided the AFO wouldn’t work with my pain issues. I was rolling my ankle every time I went to go walk. Andy, with recommendation from my PT, to put a buttress on my shoe to keep me from leaning out. I got a specific shoe online (after so much looking!), it was a little narrower than he liked but I got it in wide and added the buttress.
I took a few steps in the buttress and it was already better. I did have a little bit of pain initially but Andy said it was just from my foot adjusting. After 2 weeks it was better. I was finally able to walk short distances. I am now up to walking twice a week for 30 minutes, it has been a couple of years that I couldn’t walk. It has helped me lose a ton of weight, it has helped me feel like I am actually a human being. It felt like my ankle was taking over my universe. I can finally walk again, I can go get the exercise I need, I can be a human again. It was life changing.
What do you do in your free time?
Now I walk everywhere and I am an artist and writer.
Do you have any advice you would give to someone who has experienced what you have?
Keep plowing through it, find your path to healing. And see Andy!