November 13, 2015
Getting Back on Their Feet
The Health Journal

Williamsburg, Virginia residents Elaine Evans and Vivian Stull share their personal stories of living with long-standing ankle pain. Sixty-nine year old Elaine received a steroid injection in her ankle which led to decades of deterioration. Vivian struggled to do even the simplest tasks like grocery shopping due to her severe genetic arthritis. Both consulted several physicians who discussed ankle fusion as a method to end their long-term, nagging ankle pain. Neither was thrilled with this option given the limited mobility that would result. They thought they were out of options until consulting Dr. Matthew Hopson, an ankle specialist at TPMG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Tidewater Orthopaedics. Dr. Hopson determined that both women were candidates for total ankle replacement procedures.

After receiving their total ankle replacements, Elaine and Vivian are both now living pain-free and are able to reassume their active lifestyles.

The opinions of Dr. Hopson, Elaine Evans and Vivian Stull are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

Any results are specific to these particular individuals only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery. Please consult your doctor to discuss whether surgery is right for you.

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