Time to Heal
In June 2013, 57-year-old Sue slipped in the bathroom and slammed the heel of her foot against the lip of the shower. A visit to her primary care provider confirmed she needed an orthopedist, and she was referred to Keith Hill, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Orthopedic Specialty Center and Beaumont Bone & Joint Institute.
“A bone spur from my heel had lodged in my Achilles tendon,” Sue says. “Rather than jumping straight to surgery, Dr. Hill suggested we wait to give my body a chance to heal itself, which I greatly appreciated.”
After a year, Sue went back to see Dr. Hill because her pain wasn’t getting any better. Dr. Hill told Sue that he would perform the surgery whenever she was ready. “I was apprehensive and didn’t take the decision to have surgery lightly,” Sue says. “I did my own research and waited until August to have the surgery.”
Back on her Feet
“In August 2014, Sue had an Achilles tendon debridement and removal of bone spurs in her heel,” Dr. Hill says. “We also lengthened a small section of calf muscle to take some tension off the repair of the tendon. The procedure required two small incisions and took about 45 minutes.” Sue’s surgery was a success, and her recovery allowed her to return to the active lifestyle she had missed while injured.
“Within three months, I was back in the gym,” Sue says. “During my recovery, Dr. Hill and his team were incredible. I had a couple of mishaps, including falling off the scooter I had to use, but the team was always phenomenal. The care I received was as good as what’s available in Houston.”
In October 2015, Sue got the first real test of her Achilles repair — a trip to Horseshoe Canyon in Utah. “The hike into the canyon is an extremely steep decline in sand,” Sue says. “I made the hike in the middle