I have PTTD grade 2 almost 3. I have a ritchie brace which bothered me, then was put in a walking boot (CAM AIR WALKER) with crutches. When I was able to take it off in January I DID feel better, but slowely things have gotten worse. MY foot and ankle feel like the are going to crumble on most days, some days I can not even put weight on them.
In the morning when I wake up I can not walk without first moving my foot around. I am in constant pain. Not to mention numbness has now started.
I work for an orthopedic surgeon, and all 3 of our doctors have said that the surgery is only about 40-50% succesful and that I could end up in a bigger quandry. My POD has said the same, but that because of the severity of the injury there may be no other option since most conservative treatment has failed.
I do not want the surgery, I want to get some weight off, and find a way to REHAB my foot and ankle. Does anyone know of strengthening exercises that can be done to help? I am going to start wearing the ritchie brace again and work through the annoyance of it. I need to even out my other leg because the brace makes me uneven and so that causes back pain. As you can see I am a BAD patient and hate things on my legs, which is another issue with the surgery, I DO NOT THINK I COULD STAY IN A CAST!
I know I am rambling but I am desperate. Anyone WHO HAS NOT had the surgery have some suggestions?