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Back on Her Feet: Joann Lemke’s Story

Joann Lemke Podiatry Patient

Joann Lemke, Podiatry patient.

Back on Her Feet

Joann didn’t let foot pain keep her down.

Joann Lemke is a small woman with a big personality. When persistent foot pain began to interfere with her ability to do the things that bring her joy, she decided to seek the care of a podiatrist.

After doing her research, Joann chose to receive her care close to home and scheduled an appointment with podiatrist, Dr. Keith Anderson at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital. Following her first appointment, Joann knew Dr. Anderson was the right choice for her, saying, “He was just one of the nicest doctors that I have met in long time. He took the time to answer all my questions.”

When it comes to feet, it’s not one size fits all. Treatment options vary patient-by-patient.

Joann and Dr. Anderson discussed all of her options together. Dr. Anderson says, “I don’t recommend surgery to everyone, we discuss each person’s lifestyle and needs–then decide together what the right treatment is.”

For Joann, who was experiencing foot pain as the result of a bunion, the right treatment did involve surgery. Dr. Anderson is able to perform many different surgeries for painful bunions and after discussing the different options with Joann, they agreed to proceed with “Big Toe Fusion” which involves realigning the big toe by fusing two bones together. This was a great option for Joann, because she was able to bear weight on her foot the same day of surgery, allowing her to retain her independence.

The day of surgery, a caring neighbor drove Joann to the hospital and helped her get situated. “All of the staff were very kind,” says Joann. “They took time to explain everything they were doing and why.” Following surgery, Joann was able to return home to recover, under the watchful eye of her neighbor. Though she did experience swelling, she was happy to be able to be on her feet again. Recovery for this type of procedure is approximately six to eight weeks. While she is still awaiting clearance during her next appointment with Dr. Anderson, she is very satisfied with her recovery so far.

When asked to give their advice to other people experiencing foot pain, Dr. Anderson and Joann both said the same thing… “Don’t wait.”

Dr. Keith Anderson, DPM

While Joann credits Dr. Anderson with her successful surgery, he says that she played an important role in her successful outcome. “Joann is a great patient, she was very compliant and carefully followed her post-operative instructions,“ says Dr. Anderson.

Joann is now looking forward to next year when she can rejoin her bowling league pain free. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, don’t wait too long–the right treatment is available for you. Dr. Anderson sees patients at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Memorial Medical Center.


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