After a seemingly minor incident, I had a continual problem with my ankle for over a year. Four doctors, and one failed arthroscopic surgery later, I combined a visit to my brother in North Carolina with an appointment to see Dr. Parekh. I wish I had by-passed local (California) doctors and gone directly to him. His mannerism, communication skills, and professional knowledge immediately put me at ease. I chose to temporarily stay in North Carolina and let Dr. Parekh perform the required surgery which included replacing my irreparable synovial membrane.
My first appointment with Dr. Selene Parekh was in December 2010. Needless to say after having been seen by four other doctors I was skeptical about the appointment. I had pain in the joint of the second toe on my right foot. I had had numerous x-rays,an MRI and a bone scan, but no explanation for my pain. Every doctor before Dr. Parekh had told me the same thing: “We’re not really sure where the pain is coming from.” I started to feel like the doctors probably didn’t even believe me… I had walked for a year and a half with the pain being a full 10 when I walked. I had been an avid walker/jogger, which of course I could no longer do and I could hardly perform daily tasks. Playing with my daughter had also become very limited, which was the hardest “pill to swallow”. I felt like I was a 36 year old woman that had been put into an eighty year olds body.
I am thrilled with this new procedure and the possibility it offers many who suffer from ankle joint pain.
For the preceding two years I had struggled with arthritic pain in my right ankle which forced me to give up golf and my job as an outside attendant at the golf course. It progressed to the point where I could no longer walk more than 30 yards without severe sciatic pain in my hip from favoring the ankle. My heel had moved inward and my ankle was turning under with each month that passed. I feared being in a wheelchair at 67.