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Ankle fusion surgery recovery

By October 29, 2015 - 12:56pm
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I had a triple ankle fusion (2 screws up through my heel and one across my ankle) 10 1/2 months ago. I was told that I would have three months of hell then there would be no more pain from the arthritis. Not so. I am still experiencing excruciating pain night and day. I can only walk with difficulty and with the aid of a cane. When I first try to walk the pain is so intense it brings tears to my eyes. I wear the air cast on days I can and if I have to do any amount of walking. I can't remember the last time I had a decent night's sleep because of the pain. When I drive my car, the ankle pain brings tears to my eyes and even sitting in the passenger seat is difficult because I cannot rest my heel unless I have on the air cast. My ankle is continually swollen and extremely tender to touch and is constantly black and blue. I just don't understand it and I don't know what to do. My surgeon says that according to the x-rays and the cat scan the fusion went well and he cannot understand why I am still experiencing so much pain. I am so frustrated and at a loss on what to do. I elevate my ankle several times a day and wrap it in an ice pack to relieve the pain and swelling. I often have to ice my ankle through the night as well to relieve the pain. Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted. I've always been a busy and active person and this is driving me crazy. (Scottishlass)

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Hi Scottishlass,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Did you have physical therapy to asisst you in rehabilitation? Most patients can restore muscle strength and feel comfortable walking within four months after surgery.
Have you been fitted for a shoe modification?

After physical therapy patience are fitted with an insert in the shoe called a SACH foot is sometimes useful to help you walk more normally. This heel cushion compresses as you put your weight on the foot and allows the foot to roll more normally as you step. Another useful modification of the shoe is a rocker sole. If you don't have these items, talk with your doctor about them. Perhaps they will offer some relief. If that doesn't help, I would get a second opinion if I were you.

I hope this helps.

Be well,

October 29, 2015 - 2:34pm
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