“She always motivated and encouraged me,” Pizzo says about Polk.
Polk says Pizzo never missed a session, always arrived ready to work and continues to show great effort while rehabilitating at home.
“Her attention to detail with her home program and excellent compliance allowed us to work on activities like gait training (improving how she walks), stair climbing, balance and progressive strengthening,” Polk says. “Once she was able to walk without a limp, felt comfortable with her home activity and felt safe working on her own, she was good to go.”
Recovery from anterior tibial tendon replacement is slow going and can take up to a year, but Pizzo has made excellent progress. She’s able to drive and scale steps using an ankle and foot brace for support.
“The tendon has incorporated, and her prognosis is very good,” says Dr. Whiteside. “This will be durable for her, and it shouldn’t cause her any problems.”