Life on the Other Side of the Knife- Healing

October 11, 2012
For those of you who have followed the blog of my surgery recovery I am happy to report that I am back in game shape and training for the Columbus Half Marathon in October. This will be my victory lap of my recovery from repair of my peroneal tendon and ankle ligament tears in December 2011.


Victory Lap for Dr. Berlet !

On Sunday October 21, 2012 I completed the Columbus half marathon in under 2 hours. This was 325 days from my ankle surgery to repair my torn ligaments and peroneal tendon. I am now officially at 100%. Thank you Dr Hyer !

The recovery process is long and requires commitment to the routines of rehab and nutrition. The purpose of rehabilitation is to reconnect your brain with your foot and this process is not as easy as you think. I strongly disagree that healthy gait patterns will naturally return without some focused attention. My patients often hear me say that formal physical therapy is the starting line of the rehabilitation process but a dedicated home exercise program will take you over the finish line with the average patient taking upwards of a year to make the full recovery. At OFAC we have developed custom rehabilitation programs in conjunction with expert physical therapists. We freely share these rehab protocols with other physicians across the country to promote better outcomes for all. We also recognize the significant impact that healthy lifestyle choices make on your recovery.  Healing from an injury or surgery places a significant metabolic demand on your body. For years we have counseled patients on healthy diet choices, avoiding smoking, and supplements when appropriate. At OFAC we are now proud to introduce Dr. Ashley Doyle-Lucas as our nutritional consultant. 
Dr. Doyle-Lucas began her training in classical ballet in Washington state and completed her BFA in ballet performance at the University of Utah. She danced professionally with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and  then later, The Richmond Ballet.  Following her dancing career, she attended Virginia Tech where she completed her PhD in Nutrition in Sport and Disease. Her research focused on energy metabolism and the Female Athlete Triad.  Her research is published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and she has other publications in Today’s Dietitian, SCAN’s Pulse,, and Dr. Doyle-Lucas is now a lecturer in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and teaches both ballet and nutrition to dancers across the state of Ohio.  She also develops and implements nutrition education programs for adults at the local YMCAs.  Ashley is currently an intern in The Ohio State University’s dietetic internship and will be a registered dietitian in 2013.  She is a member of IADMS, ADA, and ACSM. Over the next few months Dr. Doyle-Lucas will provide an educational symposium, via this blog, on nutrition and its affect on healing. She will help us understand how to obtain these vital nutrients from whole foods and supplements when needed. We are also pleased to introduce a line of nutraceuticals to FootSourceMD that GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) requirements and has achieved organic certification.  Each nutraceutical that we will offer has been custom selected by Dr Doyle-Lucas to facilitate healing from foot and ankle injuries and surgery.
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