Our Patient Stories Offer an Inside Look at Our Practice and Services

We know it can be difficult to trust someone with your health and future mobility. That’s why we encourage our customers to share their experiences at Sierra Foot and Ankle, helping new patients become familiar with the care and attention we provide before they walk through our door.

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  • Patient Yvonne Rempp describes her medical issue, treatment and satisfaction with Dr. Melhuish

    Before I became a patient of Dr. Melhuish I hurt my ankle while riding an exercise bike. I shattered my left ankle and tore my achilles tendon. I saw five different Dr.'s before I came to Dr. Melhuish. Two of the Dr.'s wanted to fuse my foot, and 3 other Dr.'s gave me a brace to use, but I still had difficulty walking. One of Dr Melhuish's patients, who was treated for plantar fascitis, highly recommended Dr. Melhuish and gave me her telephone number so I could make an appointment. I am so pleased and I can walk again with no brace and no pain. Dr. Melhuish is so great at explaining things I think she should teach at a medical school. I absolutely would recommend her.

    Yvonne Rempp, Gardnerville NV
  • Patient Sue Landes talks about her sailing accident and full recovery using custom orthotics and laser treatments.

    I came in because last March I had a sailing accident.  Banged up my right foot really bad.  I was seeing an orthopedic doctor.  I just wasn't satisfied with the fact that I was getting no more improvement. So I called Dr. Melhuish.   First thing we did was order custom orthotics.  But the other thing she mentioned was trying this Laser therapy, and after 10 treatments my foot is like brand new.  The laser works.  It's awesome, and all I can say about it, is my foot now is like it was before the accident.

    Sue Landes, Wellington NV
  • I can walk for hours, I can hike, I can do all the things I couldn’t do before I came to Sierra Foot & Ankle.

    I came to Sierra Foot & Ankle about 3 months ago because I had chronic tendonitis in both my achilles tendons, and a possible bone spur on my left ankle.  After going through treatment I received custom orthotics, the L3000’s, and they have made a world of difference.  In the last 6 weeks since I’ve had them I have experienced no pain in either foot.  I can walk for hours, I can hike, I can do all the things I couldn’t do before I came to Sierra Foot & Ankle.  I highly recommend coming up here for all your foot care needs.

    Brian
  • It has had a very large impact on my comfort level with wearing open toed shoes, and I have absolutely no regrets.

    I came to Sierra Foot & Ankle 10 months ago with a very severe, long standing fungal problem, that had been treated in the past with oral medications and ointments, none of which worked.  And I had resigned myself to feeling that I was going to have to live with this forever, and when I came here I was offered this alternative.  Now, 10 months out from my first treatment and my toenails look beautiful.  They are growing out normally.  I’m not embarrassed by how they appear.  It has had a very large impact on my comfort level with wearing open toed shoes, and I have absolutely no regrets.  It is a safe procedure and I would recommend it to anybody.

    Ann
  • Since [getting orthotics], I’ve got my running to a consistent 30-60 miles a week.

    My flat feet have plagued me with debilitating shin splints on and off, seemingly every nine months, since I was in 9th grade. Usually I take my rage out on my bicycle, that two wheeled contraption I’m forced to sit on as proxy for using my legs. I’ve sat on my bike wailing until I couldn’t see clearly enough to ride, rolled over something sharp and got a flat. I threw my bike over the side of the highway and plopped my butt in a patch of cheatgrass. I’ve been picking those prickly seeds out of my shammy ever since. Dr. Melhuish made me Icon Orthotics near Christmastime 2012. Since then, I’ve got my running to a consistent 30-60 miles a week. I won a half marathon; finished 1st, 5th, 7th, and 9th racing my last season with the University of Montana Triathlon Club; earned 2nd place at a 50k; and ran through the night pacing 13th woman at Western States 100. By this fall, I have plans to pace at the Tahoe Rim Trail 100, run my first 50 miler, and run the fastest known (solo?) time on the Ruby Crest Trail. Every week this summer I’ve found myself in a new random spot on the Nevada map, working with the state monitoring streams and rivers. Every day I slip in my Icon Orthotics and lace up my running shoes, I’m so grateful to be able to use my legs to explore every niche and crevasse of this Battle Born state. If I had a tail, it would wag until my hips swayed every time I laced up my running shoes.

    H. Riedl | August, 2013
  • This is the first time in almost 15 years that I am able to wear sandals without the embarrassment of the unsightly appearance the fungus

    I have tried other Nail Fungus Treatments before deciding to have the Pinpointe Footlaser procedure. Nothing I had tried seemed to combat the fungus. When I heard that Dr. Melhuish had the Pinpointe Footlaser I literally jumped at the chance of a permanent method of ridding my nails of this unsightly and painful fungus. After my first laser treatment, as my toenails slowly grew out, I noticed the nails were growing out of the nail bed in a normal fashion, not like the thick yellow outgrowth I was used to seeing. The nail had to grow out completely to see the full results as would be expected. I did have a follow-up laser treatment to ensure the fungus was completely dead. This is the first time in almost 15 years that I am able to wear sandals without the embarrassment of the unsightly appearance the fungus had given my toenails. The yellow, thick and deformed looking toenails were disgusting and I would see others wearing open toed shoes and sandals with the fungus and wonder how they would even consider going out in public with such ugly looking nails. I am so pleased with the results of the procedure I would highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from this unsightly and often painful condition. For me it was a matter of pride and instead it was a source of constant embarrassment. To try to keep my nails in a less hideous condition I was using the strongest nail cutters on the market plus extra course emery boards as well as steel rasps to try and file down the thickness of the nails. This was very painful. I even resorted to using a Dremel which is a small handheld but powerful tool that sands, buffs and drills. Every visit I have made to Dr. Melhuish's office was delightful. Dr. Melhuish would explain what she was doing and how the laser worked, and everything she told me made total and clear sense to me. Everyone in her office was professional and courteous as well as friendly. To sum the whole experience up I would have to say, and this may sound vain and shallow, but who would want to walk around with ugly looking toenails? Finally, here is a virtually painless procedure (it does produce a sensation of heat which is certainly tolerable) that yields results. If it got a little too warm, I would simply tell Dr. Melhuish to "cool it" and in an instant it did in fact "cool it!" On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being poor and 5 being excellent), the service at Sierra Foot & Ankle rates a "5".

    Alan Achey | August, 2013