HAVING been unable to walk more than 50 yards at the age of 40, a mum-of-one is now preparing to take on a gruelling physical charity challenge after having a full hip replacement.

Lisa Fogg from Padgate suffered problems with her hip as a youngster, but these issues seemed to disappear as she grew into adulthood.

It was only in her mid-30s that she discovered she was not walking properly, and by the time she was 40 Lisa was unable to walk more than 50 yards without stopping and taking a rest because of the pain.

The personal assistant was shocked when she was told that a total hip replacement was her best option.

She said: “I struggled with simple things such as doing the shopping or walking my dog.

“Physiotherapy helped but in the end even my physio said I should investigate the possibility of an operation.

“I just didn’t feel I was old enough – I thought hip replacements were for people much older than me and I just didn’t feel comfortable with the idea.

“It has changed my life completely – I am no longer getting home from work to sit on the sofa exhausted.

“Most importantly, I am able to take my daughter Faith clothes shopping, something we both love, without having to stop four times an hour because of the pain.”

Lisa is now back in the gym swimming and cycling and has lost a stone since the operation.

She managed to complete the 6.5-mile Starlight Walk for St Rocco’s Hospice in June, raising £1,200, and is now preparing to take on the Tough Mudder challenge.

Nikhil Pradan, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Cheshire Hospital in Stretton, said: “It is true that Lisa is at the younger end of the scale when it comes to having a replacement operation, but I feel it is quality of life and not age that should influence your decision.

“The surgery was minimally invasive, leaving her with just a small scar, and following excellent physiotherapy care she was up and about in next to no time.

“In some ways the fact that she was young and fit meant her recovery was much quicker than might be expected in an older patient.”