I have had foot pain for a little over 5 years. It was so bad when I came to see you that I was considering giving up my career as a Physical Therapist Assistant because I shouldn’t handle the pain anymore. I had tarsal tunnel syndrome and you performed a release in July 2013. My children would wake up hearing me cry, they would often go to bed hearing my cry in pain. You told me when you performed the surgery my nerve was entrapped pretty badly and I should have a lot of relief now. I was back to work 3 months post op…still in pain. However, I am now PAIN FREE 95% of the time! I am going back to school to pursue my dream of becoming a DPT (doctorate in Physical Therapy) while working full time and raising kids. A year ago i thought my career was over! Thanks to you my journey has just begun. I cannot express how much I appreciate what you have given back to me! Not just my career but the countless hours I spend with my kids at baseball, dance, football etc are now much more enjoyable! Thank you, thank you , thank you!!!
PS…I gained 70 lbs because of pain and inactivity…I’m now working with a personal trainer and am able to workout pain free! Jessica S.
I broke my ankle in Nov 1994. I had quite a few good years after that but then osteoarthritis took over and very rapidly deteriorated my ankle joint. The Dr’s recommended I have ankle fusion. If they could have guaranteed It would have taken the pain away I probably would have done it. But they said some have phantom pain after and there are no ore options after this. I was to young for a replacement they said ti would not last 2 or 3 years with me working and being active. (I don’t know what they consider inactive). As far as I was concerned I had no life. I have been bone on bone for about 5 years and continued working a full time job that I require I be on my feet most of the day. It was all I could do to continue to working. I would get out of bed at 3:00 am on a walker and walk for a bit so I could make it into work at 6:00 am. they will not let me continue working if I can’t get inside without help (crutches, walker, etc). They did work with me as much as they possibly could. They provided a stool to sit on for a while during the day and this helped tremendously. I would then come home in tears and be on a walker the rest of the night. Needless to say everything else in my life was put on hold. I loved to train and show my quarter horses and have rode all my life. I could no longer even go outside and feed or pet the horses. Riding was absolutely out of the question. It is just to painful and I didn’t have the energy. Being in constant pain is very draining mentally and physically. I couldn’t even go grocery shopping unless my husband was with me to help because I had to use the power chairs. Bless my wonderful husband who was now having to work, do the housework, lawn work, feed and just about anything elase that needed to be done. It took everything I had just to keep my job. Any spare time I had was spent trying to get the swelling and pain to go down so I could get up and go to work the next day. I happened to hear about Dr. Schmidt from a friend who was having the ankle replacement surgery himself. He is also doing great. I looked up the information on Dr. Schmidt’s website and realized this is what I have been waiting for. I had surgery on May 25 2010. I have had very little pain since the surgery. I am only 3 months out an I have no pain at all. I am now feeding and playing with my horses daily (I will be riding soon). I can go shopping with or without my husband and walk for a couple of hours with no problems. I am doing my own house cleaning, laundry, cooking etc. I am even starting to exercise. Need to get some of the weight off I gained during the sedentary time. Dragging the water hose out across my huge yard and up the hill to water my flowers and trees. My husband sais it’s great to have me back. I don’t know for sure who is happier me or him. Dr. Schmidt has given me my life back. And I’m loving it. Dr. Schmidt and his staff are the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet. They explain everything in detail so you know what ot expect. I can’t say enough good things about all of them. I can’t say thank you enough to Dr. Schmidt. Jody R.