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Old 12-06-2009, 08:04 AM   #1
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subtalor joint fusion

Hi, i was born with talipies (a bit like club foot) in both feet and have undergone 18 operations which has now led me to be diagnoised with arthritis in my left ankle at 25 yrs old. I've tried alsorts for the pain and to try and stop the arthritis in it's tracks but haven't had much luck. I'm now on the waiting list to have a subtalor joint fusion. has anyone had this op? if so, how has it impacted on your day to day life? do you think it's made a difference for the better? I'd really like other people's opinions as everything i've read so far have been just the basic 'medical' facts and what 'should' happen after the op and not necessarily what actually does happen to the patient. Thanks

 
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:14 AM   #2
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

I had a subtalar joint fusion with a tendon transfer a few years back. I can honestly say it's the one orthopedic operation that I'd have again! I lost all side-to-side motion but the up-down (ankle joint) motion is unaffected. I went from walking on the side of my foot, completely turned in, to walking normally in 2-3 months. I wore a regular cast for a little while and then a cast "boot" the rest of the time.

I had the surgery done by a foot specialist orthopedist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida.

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Old 12-10-2009, 07:50 AM   #3
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

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Hi, i was born with talipies (a bit like club foot) in both feet and have undergone 18 operations which has now led me to be diagnoised with arthritis in my left ankle at 25 yrs old. I've tried alsorts for the pain and to try and stop the arthritis in it's tracks but haven't had much luck. I'm now on the waiting list to have a subtalor joint fusion. has anyone had this op? if so, how has it impacted on your day to day life? do you think it's made a difference for the better? I'd really like other people's opinions as everything i've read so far have been just the basic 'medical' facts and what 'should' happen after the op and not necessarily what actually does happen to the patient. Thanks
I had this done on 30 september. I am now out of my cast and in a Cam boot. I also have started physical therapy. I was told that I can now walk and weight bare as much as I can stand to. Meaning if it hurts STOP. But December 28 i will be back into regular tennis shoes. I am still having pain and physical therapy hurts. I was told that anywhere from 6 months to a year is recovery time. So Im hoping pain goes away. on a scale from 1-10 my daily pain is anywhere from a 4-6 and on over done days an 8.
Good luck. just be patient, its not going to be pain free immediately.

 
Old 02-22-2010, 08:40 AM   #4
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

Hi Ashleyj I was going through the posts and came across yours. I have recently had the Subtalar Joint fused, it has been about 5 weeks now and I must say that the initial pain was tremendous after surgery but I do not have anymore pain in the joint. Now it is too early for me to comment on if it was a success or not , but in time I will know and I will be happy to share the outcomes with you.

 
Old 02-23-2010, 01:47 AM   #5
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

Hello AshleyJ.
I had the subtalar ankle fusion October 1 2009, where they placed a three and a half inch screw threw my heel pointed towards the top of my foot. I have to say that i might not get it again if i know what i do now. As a 30 year old female, I now have pain due to arthritis, tendinitis as well as the other parts of the foot compensating for the lack of ankle motion. I have lost 75% - 80% of my left and right motion, and a bit of my up and down motion.

I have been in physical therapy now since December three times a week. (making progress) but my pain level is a steady 3-5. As far as exercising, I was an avid runner but running is not an option for me any longer, but low impact is such as swimming and using the elliptical are my new options, but the elliptical also causes irritation after extended use. (30 min)

I have recently (4 days ago) put on an anti-inflammatory / pain reliever for the arthritis. I have had to purchase a more comfy tennis shoe, two pairs. One in my normal 7 1/2 and the other in an 8. I was told that the swelling can be present up to a year, but it should go down.

I am not trying to scare you by any means, but I wanted to share my story. I too did much research prior to the procedure, and wish that i would have heard a few of these stories to weigh my pros and cons. I will be more than happy to send you a picture of my x-ray to show you what you can expect. I was a little speechless when i saw it for the first time.

May you have the best of healing what ever you decide.

 
Old 02-23-2010, 11:28 AM   #6
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

hi, thanks for everyone's feed back, it's really helping.
I'm actually having the op on march 18th, 2 month later than expected but at least it's actually going ahead.
Mine's gonna be a bit complicated as well as i'm having 3 toes fused (for the 4th time) and i'm also having my heel bone realligned (for the 2nd time) as well as the fusion of the subtalor joint. It's a lot to have done at once but i'm terrified of going to theatre so i'm more than happy to get it all done at the same time. I've read a lot on the net about the fusion and have been warned by my doctor about the pain. I would rather people tell me the truth than be told it'll be a breeze. i've been told i'll be in plaster for 10-12 weeks and off work for 4-5 month. does this sound about right?

angier723, if you could send my your photo's that would be great, i've seen a few on the net and pics of the op but the more info i can get the better.

thanks again to everyone!

 
Old 04-09-2010, 03:34 AM   #7
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

hi, well i had the op 3 weeks ago along with having one of my toes fused again and i have to say it was the most painful op i've had to date (and thats a few). I had the dressings taken off the week after and my foot was an absolute mess, it was black and blue and 3 times the size! just had the stitches removed and a new cast put on this week but again its still huge but now green instead. I haven't seen any xrays but i have had 2 screws put in from the bottom of my heal right up through my ankle and i have a wound about 3-4 inches long just above my ankle bone. i get my toe pin out in 2 weeks, can weight bare in 3 weeks then hopefully get the cast off completely middle of june. Can i just ask, did any of you have physio afterwards? how did your recovery go once you got the cast off?
finding out other people's views on this op really helped prepare me for it, doctors don't seem to tell you the full story so thanks

 
Old 04-11-2010, 01:00 AM   #8
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

Ashleyj
Im so sorry that i just got this message... how do i get my xray picture to you? sounds like you and i have the same xray.
I had the bruising and the swelling just as you do. What is exactly physio? Now im no doctor and im just relaying my experience to you. Recovery is slow. I have been going to PT three times a week and still have some residual pain. My Doc told me that I am going to have a long recovery time. I still have swelling and was told that the swelling would eventually subside anytime from 6 months to a year. My surgery was in October. remember though that everyone is different and everyone recovers differently. I'll be more than happy to let you see my xray if you would like.

 
Old 04-11-2010, 07:41 PM   #9
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

Hi Ashley I too had my subtalar joint fusion in the middle of january and it is now the 11th of April and I must say that I am still awaiting to seee if I may start weight bearing as I has a real bad calcaneous break that is your heal. Anyways as it goes so far I have some real bad days but some good ones too. I had really a lot of pain when I walk and the foot bends,not so much the the side to side motion now I am wondering why this opperation and not the fusion that stops the bend of the foot.Any how I am getting off topic wish you the best keep your chin up.

 
Old 04-12-2010, 05:46 AM   #10
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Re: subtalor joint fusion

hi, sorry physio is what i've been told i'll need once the cast is off. i'll have to see a physiotherapist a few times a week to excercise and build my foot and leg back up but i'm not sure how long this will last for. I've actually had to go back to the hospital this morning as i've been getting excruciating spasms in my ankle during the night- every night since last wednesday, they've put a new cast on and said if it continues tonight then i have to go back and see my consultant tomorrow as they don't know whats causing it.
I'm finding it really frustrating at the minute as my foot isn't too bad when i have it elevated but as soon as i put it down in order to stand up the pain is unbelievable so i'm basically doing nothing but sit in the house all day (i suppose i should just be happy that i'm not at work!)
thanks again for replying, its great to hear from other people that have just had the same surgery, makes you panic less about things that are happening.

 
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