Debra Bare


I have always had problems with my feet and at the young age of 18 I underwent bunion surgery on both feet at the same time. My experience was miserable due to the intense pain I had after the surgery. I had a bad experience with my surgeon, as the aftercare provided wasn’t what I expected.

Over the next 40 years, the bunion in my right foot redeveloped and was the source of pain and discomfort. I work as a hair stylist and wearing shoes and standing was becoming very difficult. I was in search of a foot and ankle specialist and was referred to Dr. Stewart through a positive word of mouth reference. I dreaded the idea of undergoing additional surgery due to my experience as a teen, but I could not continue to live with the pain and I knew that something had to be done to fix my foot.

My experience with Dr. Stewart and the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center was excellent. From day one, Dr. Stewart explained everything to me in great detail and told me exactly what to expect. He provided me with a personalized treatment plan and instructions for my surgical after care and this provided me the guidance I needed. Dr. Stewart initially recommended a surgery that he felt would correct my bunion, but the recovery was very long and I was very concerned with experiencing pain after surgery and did not want to undergo a very invasive procedure. Dr. Stewart gave me the option of a less invasive procedure with a much lower success rate and he warned me that I might require additional surgery. I opted for the less invasive route, and as Dr. Stewart warned me, I did continue to have pain.

Dr. Stewart was very concerned that I continued to have pain and he assured me he would do whatever he needed to take away my pain. I am very confident in Dr. Stewart as he always guided me in the right direction and assured me that he would develop a plan to help me on my road to recovery. I decided to move forward with his initial surgical recommendation and this time he cut my bones to realign them using plates and screws and he fused my big toe joint. Throughout my recovery, Dr. Stewart and his staff always made sure I was comfortable and adjusting well. Dr. Stewart and his staff were exceptional. I was seen every week until I was healed and his office staff periodically called just to check in to see how I was doing. Everyone at the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center went above and beyond to accommodate me and make sure that my experience was nothing but the best and my recovery was 100%. It was a long road, but I can say for the first time in over 40 years I am pain free.”

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