- Posted on: Sep 13 2018
I’ve had issues with my ankle going back to when I was about nine or ten. I remember rolling my ankle while playing field hockey and it’s been an issue ever since. I live a very active lifestyle that includes hiking, squash, tennis, and running. However, my ankle had gotten so bad that these activities were no longer an option.
I tried giving therapy a go, and while it did help to an extent, I still had limitations. After talking with Dr. Willers at Elite, I decided that surgery was my best course of action.
Dr. Willers has been amazing. Before the surgery, he took his time and listened to my concerns. I never felt rushed under his care. I tend to ask a million questions and he was patient with me and explained the surgery well. We set expectations and my recovery is coming along amazingly.
I’ve been rehabbing with Kurt at MPOWER Performance Institute following my surgery. We did a little bit of work prior to the surgery, but we’ve seen real progress after Dr. Willers worked on me. At first, there wasn’t a whole lot I could do. I couldn’t even perform a calf raise! Now I’m doing lunges, squats, running, and range of motion exercises. Before the surgery, exercises like these were a bit tougher. I definitely couldn’t perform them to the extent that I am now. I’ve even improved parts of my body that I had never worked on before, such as hip strength.
One machine that’s helped me out quite a bit over at MPOWER is the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. The anti-gravity treadmill lets you run at a lowered body weight, making movement easier. I started at 60% of my body weight and have been able to work my way up to 75% now. I’m coming along using this machine. There is no way I could run on my ankle yet without it and the fact that I can run at all feels great.
For the amount of work Dr. Willers did on my ankle, I’m very happy with where I am after just 4 months. I’ve completed marathons and triathlons, so getting to a point where I’m ready to for something like that again is my goal. I’m recovering now and on my way to getting there. Thank you to both Dr. Willers and Kurt for getting me this far. It’s been incredible.