Over the next four weeks, Thea had physical therapy three times a week. Sessions consisted of manual manipulation, electrical stimulation, whirlpool treatments, massage, toe and calf stretches. She was also given a series of exercises to do at home to ensure her momentum continued.
Progressing on schedule, Michael happened to see Thea walking in the parking lot and noticed her gait was off. This time it wasn’t because of the pain. With his biomechanic background, he broke down the issues she was having and was able to fix the problem in two weeks.
“Walking is not as easy as we think,” McKindley said. “Thea was walking with short strides, a compensation pattern she learned over the years of having her foot pain.”
“The best thing about Michael fixing my gait, was my knee pain went away,” said the 56-year-old administrative assistant. “I always thought it was just from aging or maybe a bit of arthritis, I had no idea it was because of the way I was walking.”
Within a month, the physical therapy had been successful. Thea was out of excruciating pain, able to wear shoes comfortably, and participate in her volunteer and family activities.
“I am so grateful to Michael and the entire staff,” she said. “They saw me at my worst and made everything better. The individual compassion and care I received was outstanding. It is going to take a few more months until I’m fully recovered, but the worst is behind me.”
Having gone through two foot surgeries in the past year, Thea has been out of action for a large part of the time. She already has plans on how to celebrate her triumph. She will be ringing in the New Year wearing fashionable high heel shoes.
“Just don’t let Michael know,” she says with a good-humored smile.