Testimonials: Foot & Ankle

Natalie Lane – Foot Surgery & Care

Dr. Joel StewartOver the last 3 years, I have had 7 surgeries and have seen more specialists than I can count.

Out of all of them, Dr. Stewart has been the best. Not only is he humble, kind, and listens to you, he also is incredibly thorough and has an amazing skill set. He is a wonderful doctor and I give him my highest recommendation!

Natalie Lane

Diane Kyrus – Mass Removal Surgery

Dr .Joel StewartI have nothing but the highest regard for Dr. Joel Stewart, as well as the staff I have encountered at Orthopaedic and Spine Center, and the people who cared for me on the day of my surgery at Sentara Princess Anne hospital. My surgery has gone remarkably smoothly, and less than two weeks afterwards I am completely back to normal— oh, except without that horrible, painful bump on the bottom of my foot!

I am so grateful to everyone, but especially to Dr. Stewart for his expertise, professionalism and being an all around mensch!

Diane Kyrus

Sandee Darden – Total Ankle Replacement, tendon repairs and lengthening

I just returned from my one year follow-up appointment, what a difference a year makes! My case was complex, and the patient (me) high-maintenance…and Dr. Joel Stewart took it all on! Dr. Stewart thoroughly examined me and my ankle and laid my options out in a practical and precise manner…he listened to what I wanted in terms of outcome and really helped me to make some difficult decisions. He tailored the operation according to my specific needs…I felt like he was not making me fit into an assembly line replacement factory. For instance, when I was very anxious about the ankle incision opening post-op, he told me he could use stitches, which worked beautifully for both of us! He was very thorough and knowledgeable and never talked “down” to me, I was relieved by his confidence!

The end result was way more successful than I ever could have hoped. I am walking and travelling without a limp or pain, and doing yoga and water aerobics again! If you want a surgeon who is super knowledgeable and will really listen to you before, during and after your journey, Dr. Stewart is your guy. BTW, Thanks!

Sandee Darden (the patient AND the artist)

Michelle Nain – Ankle Tendon Surgery & Follow-up Care


Dr .Joel Stewart

I’ve been a patient of Dr. Joel Stewart since before him coming to OSC, and after building a rapport with him at his previous practice, I wanted to continue treatment with him. We tried conservative measures and after so long, I ended up needing surgery on my Ankle tendon, which was torn. I’ve never had a Dr. go to the length that Dr. Stewart has gone for me.

I’m not the easiest to deal with due to my other conditions; Epilepsy, CRPS and having a service dog. I was terrified going into surgery but, I had comfort knowing that Dr. Stewart was my Surgeon. One of my seizure triggers is pain, Come the day of surgery, he and the team did everything they could to make sure I was in as little pain as possible.

Fast forward 2 weeks to my getting stitches removed, I ended up seizing due to a combination of accidentally putting weight on my ankle and the unavoidable discomfort of getting my stitches out. Thankfully, I had the warning of a nearing seizure from my seizure alert service dog before my appointment, so my sister was able to give Dr. Stewart a heads up that I very likely was going to seize within the appointment time. I don’t remember much, but he dealt with my stitches/ankle and helped my sister deal with me seizing. He allowed me to rest for a bit. After I was more with it, the staff helped my sister get me to the bathroom, and check out. My sister got the car and again, some of the staff helped get me in the car.

The appointment was a blur, however, if you want a Doctor that’ll tailor your treatment to you, have compassion, is caring and knowledgeable about everything involving feet & ankles; Dr. Stewart is the one to see.

Michelle Nain














Lora Harrell – Great Toe Fusion Surgery

Dr. Joel StewartI had a great toe fusion on my left foot. One week after surgery, I was doing great. My foot looks excellent. I have never had a Dr./surgeon like Dr. Joel Stewart. He is very caring, has compassion for his patients, has an excellent bedside manner and a good personality. He also is very professional. He explains your diagnoses and what is the best treatment for you.

I am and will keep on referring people to him. I give him a ten stars. I also give his staff and nurses a 10. They are very curious, professional and will go beyond to help you in a timely matter.
Thanks again to Dr. Stewart and his staff.

Lora Harrell

Tony Cerri – Bunion Repair Surgery

Image of Dr. Robert SnyderDr. Bob Snyder fixed my bunion on January 19th, 2019. I waited 8 months to evaluate my results because that is about normal for total healing. It came out perfectly – exactly in accordance with what Dr. Snyder told me was going to happen. Pain is gone. I’m wearing shoes I thought would never fit again. My foot looks normal.

His patient engagement and care are just right. One reason I went to him for surgery was his interaction with me as a person versus just another foot surgery. In retrospect, I am also very impressed with the way he predicted conditions of recovery and the various stages. He absolutely nailed it. I highly recommend Dr. Snyder.

Tony Cerri 

Sandy Friend – Orthopaedic Care for Knees, Hands and Ankles

Image of Dr. John BurrowDr. John Burrow is one of the good guys! The best Ortho Doctor….

The four years I have been going to him, he has saved me from much pain! Now that I’m moving to Rhode Island….I wish I could take him with me! I’m telling anyone, if you want some help in feeling better, knees, hands, ankles…he is the Dr. to go see!

Also, Dr. Burrow sent me to Dr. Boyd Haynes…he too was outstanding! Nothing about OSC I did not like…Thank you!

Sandy Friend

Steven Kast – Achilles Tendon Repair Surgery



During the summer of 2012, I ruptured my right Achilles Tendon. Physical Activity is a big part of my life, so I sought the best solution and Orthopedic Surgeon in the community. I was referred to Dr. Boyd Haynes.

After my visit with Dr. Haynes we set a date for surgery. Dr. Haynes informed me that he was having great success in placing the patient in a boot only and not the traditional casting and immobilization. I was excited to hear this optimism and the news that I could be up and moving much quicker.
The surgery went well and, as promised, I was placed in the boot and given crutches with great after-care instructions. After a few days, I started to get myself moving using the crutches with light pressure. Then, I started walking moderately with the boot. In a few weeks, I was walking in the boot without crutches. A few weeks later I removed the boot and was walking with great care but moving nicely. I continued with my own therapy because I was motivated to get active again.

Approximately, three months from my surgery, I was running again and within six months I had forgotten I had the surgery. In fact, I was more active because my chronic Achilles pain was finally gone. Kudos to Dr. Haynes and his staff for the great surgery and most of all, the new recovery protocol. If you choose Dr. Boyd Haynes you are in good hands!

Steven Kast

Angela Rowe – Non-Surgical Procedures

IMG_9998I see Dr. Andrus for 2 issues. One is my foot that causes tremendous pain and the other is the sacroiliac problems in my back. I have had injections by Dr. Andrus and each time she is so gentle when giving the shots. I’m usually surprised when she says she is finished. Dr. Andrus also has an excellent staff that works with her. They are professional, helpful, and always cordial during office visits. My favorite part about Dr. Andrus is that she has not given up in helping find treatments for my back. I have seen other Doctors and they told me they didn’t know what else to do. With Dr. Andrus, if one thing doesn’t work, we move on to something else. Our next step is Prolotherapy and we are hoping that this does the trick. She is always so knowledgeable and also kind and compassionate every time I see her for an appointment. Thank you Dr. Andrus and staff for being the BEST!

Margaret E. Bailey – Ankle Fracture/Spine Surgery/Knee Surgery

Physician Name: Drs. Coleman, McFarland, and Snyder

My story: A few years ago after breaking my ankle and not knowing any orthopedic doctors, my friend recommended Orthopaedic & Spine Center. Dr. Coleman saw me immediately and gave me advice to reduce the chance of putting pins in. I followed his advice and with his great care I have not had any aches, pains, or problems with my ankle. When I developed back problems other government physicians gave me treatment options that would only be temporary, if they found the problem. I again called OSC where I met Dr. McFarland. He removed 4 bone spurs off my spine. He was honest and told me I would always have some pain, but it would be manageable (and it is). Then I had to have knee surgery which Dr. Snyder performed. I am 74 and active. Thank you all. If you have a problem, don’t hesitate to call – they are caring and they listen. I hope I won’t need their services again, but they will be the first call I make.