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Old 09-23-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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Ankle fusion = hip pain?

This is my first post so please forgive any forum etiquette I neglect. After 10+ surgeries on my ankle, (after a complex ankle fx) had it fused not quite 10 years ago. It has been great since, adequate ROM, pain free and all. But now I am experiencing a great deal of hip pain on the affected side. I am assuming this is due to a gait change, attempting to compensate for the lack of ROM of the ankle. I was told this could happen down the road (I had my fusion in my early 20s). Has anyone else dealt with this and how? I haven't spoken to my ortho in years and am wondering if I should consult him or figure out some other way to deal with it. It's worse everyday and I just hate that I'm dealing with severe hip pain at 29! Any help, info, commeriseration, etc is welcome!

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Re: Ankle fusion= hip pain?

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Welcome to HealthBoards. I can't answer your specific question as I have different orthopedic issues, but I do agree with you that it is probably a good idea to see your orthopedic doctor.

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Re: Ankle fusion= hip pain?

Hi, definitely speak to your ortho if you haven't already. My understanding is that ankle fusion does place stress on the other joints and increase the likelihood of arthritis. Good luck!

 
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Re: Ankle fusion= hip pain?

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This is my first post so please forgive any forum etiquette I neglect. After 10+ surgeries on my ankle, (after a complex ankle fx) had it fused not quite 10 years ago. It has been great since, adequate ROM, pain free and all. But now I am experiencing a great deal of hip pain on the affected side. I am assuming this is due to a gait change, attempting to compensate for the lack of ROM of the ankle. I was told this could happen down the road (I had my fusion in my early 20s). Has anyone else dealt with this and how? I haven't spoken to my ortho in years and am wondering if I should consult him or figure out some other way to deal with it. It's worse everyday and I just hate that I'm dealing with severe hip pain at 29! Any help, info, commeriseration, etc is welcome!

Hello, I have had 18 Major surgeries to fuse my ankle as well as Muscle and Skin Graphs... I know exactly what you are talking about as I am experiencing the same severe pain in my hip...

The answer for me seems to be adding a 1/4 inch lift in my shoe of the fused ankle. Even though I have had great doctors and my legs are of exact length, I realized that when walking without ankle there is not as much lift in my walk... With this said adding inserts or adding lift to exterior seems to be the trick...

Please try it as I am 46 years old and have had injury since 36... It works... The doctors, chiropractors and specialists dont seem to have answers, but this helped me and I hope it helps you...

Also, I do not take narcotics as you can imagine I have had my fill... If Pain is bad try "Neurontin" a Non Narcotic pain reliever.. It works...

Hope this helps and if it does please pass it on...

Stay well...

 
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Hello, I have had 18 Major surgeries to fuse my ankle as well as Muscle and Skin Graphs... I know exactly what you are talking about as I am experiencing the same severe pain in my hip...

The answer for me seems to be adding a 1/4 inch lift in my shoe of the fused ankle. Even though I have had great doctors and my legs are of exact length, I realized that when walking without ankle there is not as much lift in my walk... With this said adding inserts or adding lift to exterior seems to be the trick...

Please try it as I am 46 years old and have had injury since 36... It works... The doctors, chiropractors and specialists dont seem to have answers, but this helped me and I hope it helps you...

Also, I do not take narcotics as you can imagine I have had my fill... If Pain is bad try "Neurontin" a Non Narcotic pain reliever.. It works...

Hope this helps and if it does please pass it on...

Stay well...

 
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