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I had an ankle fusion 5 months ago. How long does the stiffness around the ankle last?

By August 22, 2015 - 5:25am
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I had my fusion in March. I haven't had much pain only once in awhile on the outer side of my ankle. My fusion is on my left foot. My outer side of my foot feels like pins and needles and my ankle is stiff. I move my foot up and down about every half hour. I want to know if all this is normal and will it go away? My doctor keeps telling to be patient. I have anxiety because of this. I get about 3 to 4 hours of sleep. Don't know what to do.

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Hello and thank you for using EmpowHer,
Unfortunately your doctor is right. It has only be 5 months since the surgery. Some people may completely heal faster than others. What you can do is improve your circulation and production of red blood cells through cardio. You can go in the sauna and do hot/cold treatments. Take 5-10 minutes in the sauna, then take a cold shower and repeat. This improved circulation through the whole body which will execrate healing. Also bicycling is good cardio because it does not put too much impact on the ankle. I understand that 5 months of loosing sleep would cause anxiety, but you can focus on improving your over all health and your ankle will heal over time.

August 22, 2015 - 7:48pm
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