“Almost 5 years ago, I fell while going down my stairs and was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with a severe ankle sprain. An x-ray was taken and I did not have a broken bone. I was sent home with barely any instructions and did not know how to take care of my condition.After a few days of continued pain I knew something was not right. Since my place of employment is next to the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center, I figured it will be convenient to just go there and have my ankle evaluated. What a great decision!
At my first visit, Dr. Stewart performed a very thorough evaluation and informed me that I had a partial tear of the ligaments of my ankle. I was given a walking boot and this was such a relief for my painful ankle. Dr. Stewart instructed me to ice and elevate my ankle and also provided me with home exercises and after following all of his instructions I was as good as new within about 4-6 weeks. Since my experience, both of my children, my husband, and a lot of my friends have all been treated by Dr. Stewart and his staff, all with successful outcomes.
More recently I started to have pain in my right foot from a bunion deformity that had not bothered me for about 17 years. Dr. Stewart evaluated my foot and we reviewed my x-rays. He explained all of my treatment options including both nonsurgical and surgical care. He only recommended that I pursue surgery when I get to the point that I cannot tolerate the pain on a daily basis. In regards to surgery, he was very honest about what would be involved before, during, and after surgery. Dr. Stewart knows that I am somewhat impatient and made it very clear to me that I had to follow all of the postoperative instructions and if I could not commit to the down time then he recommended that I should not pursue the surgery.
As a result of the discussion, I decided to put surgery off for a bit, yet over the next 6 months my pain worsened and I was getting random lightning bolts shooting through my foot and I was unable to wear certain shoes that were otherwise very comfortable. Dr. Stewart provided me with a steroid injection and informed me that this would only provide temporary relief, which it did. When the steroid wore off I could no longer tolerate the pain and I decided to pursue the recommended bunionectomy with osteotomy and screw fixation.
The staff at the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center couldn’t have been more helpful, patient, accommodating and just overall professional. Dr. Stewart goes above and beyond in his care. I was totally prepared for surgery and the recovery as every detail was covered.
My surgery was performed at the Timonium Surgical Center and the staff there was also very impressive. Everyone worked so well together and made me feel comfortable from beginning to end. The team that worked in the operating room with Dr. Stewart was like a well-oiled machine.
Three days after the surgery on a Sunday I was very concerned with the swelling in my foot and I called Dr. Stewart. Dr. Stewart was so attentive to my concerns that he actually came into the office on a Sunday just to be sure nothing serious was going on and this put me at ease. It turned out that this was normal post-operative swelling. As difficult as it was to be off of my feet and follow the instructions, I did everything that Dr. Stewart instructed me to do and I am so glad that I listened. I didn’t ever think my foot would feel so good, but it is so much better than it was prior to my surgery as my pain is gone and I can wear shoes without experiencing lightning bolts in my foot.
I can’t thank Dr. Stewart and his staff at the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center enough for taking care of me. I highly recommend the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center to anyone who has foot and/or ankle issues. My family and I are so grateful to Dr. Stewart for helping us all out.
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