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What is my physical restrictions going to be after a complete ankle fusion?

By February 25, 2012 - 2:34pm
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I had a ankle fusion in early 2000 as a result of an old sports injury. I recently had a subtalar joint fusion, being 8 weeks out now it seems to be going okay. However I know once Im out of my casts my ankle will be completely stiff other then my toes wiggling.
My work keeps asking me what I can and cannot do as I was a CNA, so I transfered clients which took proper body mechanics, pushed and pulled hoyer lifts. My concern is I wont be able to do those things from loss of motion. I'm also concerned with driving. I've tried to find others who have had this complete procedure but its hard to find on just teh regular interent. Also how is it using the stairs and such?
Thank you

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Hi there I had a Subtalar fusion in may of this year. I went back to work as a carer in a nursing home, at the end of September this year. I have orthotics in my shoes and I have to pretty much wear these all the time. I am on my feet all day when at work and still have some pain post 7 months surgery. I still get swelling. The pain is not is the same place as it was when they did the surgery it is actually on top of the foot where the scan did show some arthritis as well. I am still on pain killers while I am at work and think I may have to go back to the doctor prior to march next year when my next visit is. My advice do not rush back to work unless you are 100% fit and feel you can do the tasks especially by the sounds of it you are on your feet and lifting and pulling equipment.
I hope you get better soon.

December 22, 2014 - 4:54pm

Thanks, I guess Im worried about not being able to do allot of things i did before. I will be thankfull if there is no more pain. I do plan on therapy as I will need to learn to walk again.
Thanks again!!

February 26, 2012 - 11:15pm
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Hi cowboysbutterfly,

Thank you for your question but this is a hard question to determine. Each individual is different as some of us will have a full recovery while others may have some issues. I am hoping that you are going through physical therapy of some sort to try and get full motion but only your doctor can tell you your limitations.

I hope this helps.


February 26, 2012 - 9:33am
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