Re: Amputation vs ankle fusion due to arthritis and leg length differences
Have you considered just having the shoe for the shorter leg, built up?
My aunt had a bone infection when she was a child prior to the age of antibiotics. She has surgery after surgery as her father wouldn't let them amputate her leg. As a result, her left leg was a good 4-5 inches shorter than her right so she had special shoes..one built up and one regular. They can build up just about any kind of shoe. And if you think this would show more than an amputation, your wrong.
I had very bad arthritis in my knees and my left knee lost so much bone it was a good 1" shorter so I did find shoes that looked alike but with different size heels. With sneakers, I'd find one pair for women and a similar style for men and the sole was always much thicker and made walking much easier. And then I put in a thick insole. When I finally had my knees replaced, they did both at once to get the lengths right and I came out of surgery 2" taller.
Amputation is a very drastic solution to a fairly common problem and one you can't take back...ever. And you trade ankle pain for stump pain...it will not get rid of pain and may leave you with more pain. Try the shoes first and then whatever else the docs or prosthetic people can think of.
I just read an article on ankles.....fusion vs. replacements. Replacements are only used on older folks who won't outlive them. You get one go around with them. Not like knees or hips that can be revised. Fusion is for younger more active people. So you wouldn't qualify on those terms either. But I know young folks who got ankle fusions and think they're great. No problems.
But to think amputation rather than fusion......why would you want to go that far? I know how bad having different length legs is but they can always do a leg shortening surgery on your good leg if it's that much of a problem. And they can do leg lengthening surgery too.
You have options.