The procedure -- which corrects a small joint in the middle of the foot -- was performed in January by Dr. Robert Anderson, the specialist based in Charlotte, N.C.
"They went in and put a screw through one of my bones, and, I believe, they connected it with my next toe," Ivory said. "That's supposed to help it align, to line the bones and the ligaments back up, and at my last checkup everything was aligned perfectly.
"Right now I'm still rehabbing, and it has gotten a lot better. I'm to the point now where I can put a little more pressure on it, but that pressure is still -- I'm still hesitant to put a lot on it, to where it's like I'm walking normal. I still have a little ways to go."