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Ankle Osteoarthritis

By August 31, 2016 - 9:03am
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On 1-2-12 I was involved in a bad vehicle accident resulting in an opened compound fracture to my talus. I underwent 2 surgeries that year. The first doctor was, lack of a better word, a moron which impaired me to have a plate put in at my 2nd surgery. I had 4 screws in my foot for 4 years. I am now 22 years old and found out I have Osteoarthritis. I had a surgery 2 months ago to remove the bone spurs, remove 2 screws, and to "clean up" the joint. I am still in the recovery stages of this surgery, but was told that my next surgery (depending if I have reliefs from this surgery it could be in 1 year or 10 years) will most likely be an ankle fusion "due to my young age".

I am asking for any advice at all from anyone who had an ankle replacement or an ankle fusion or has had a procedure of a different sort. Did you have success? Do you recommend the procedure you had?
Also if anyone would like any advice from what I have been through and how I have "dealt" with osteoarthritis/ ankle pain in general, please feel free to contact me!

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I had my ankle fused 12 years ago. No pain at all from the surgery. Had to use a walker and hop on my good ankle for 4 months (no weight bearing) so I got a wheelchair to use, so I could use my hands to cook and do other things. First time I walked the ankle swelled up, but eventually it was fine.When they fuse your ankle, you lose the ability to dorsi-flex,(the up and down movement) the only thing I have to be careful with is going down curbs, so I usually go to a handicap area that has a ramp. Going up steps is fine down steps, not so easy. I must always wear shoes/sneakers etc. some footware. I exercise three times a week in a gym and do water exercises everyday that I can. I could not get an ankle replacement due to the joint destruction done. Before the ankle fusion, I played tennis, ran marathons, very active, can't do that now a/c ankle,I can play golf(go up the t box backwards)any general walking you will be able to do.

August 26, 2019 - 2:14pm
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They will fuse the ankle and you will be able to walk. I am 82 have a fused ankle with 4 screws and i do just fine.

December 2, 2016 - 3:30pm

Hello sjlanich2012,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to our community for advice and to share your experience.

For the benefit of all our readers, a talus fracture is a break in one of the bones that forms the ankle. This type of fracture often occurs during a high-energy event, such as a car collision or a high-velocity fall.

Because the talus is important for ankle movement, a fracture often results in significant loss of motion and function. In addition, a talus fracture that does not heal properly can lead to serious complications, including chronic pain. For this reason, many talus fractures require surgery.

Posttraumatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that develops after an injury. Even when your bones heal normally, the cartilage protecting the bones can be damaged, leading to pain and stiffness over time. The majority of talus fractures result in some degree of posttraumatic arthritis. In cases of extreme arthritis that limits activity, additional surgery, such as a joint fusion or ankle replacement, may be the best option to relieve symptoms.

Wishing you well,

August 31, 2016 - 9:20am
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