Here I am 5 months later, just got back home from the docs checkup.
In Feb I had an arthroscopy to remove a 20mm piece of chipped bone from the talus, had drilling and microfracture. NWB for 6 weeks.
Good part... the ankle seems to heal fine, no pain, I walk normal and the strenght is about 80% of pre-op.
My OS wasn't there so I was seen by someone else, he was happy with the way my ankle felt and how I feel it... the only problem is my arches are colapsing so he send me to have custom insoles done for support.
Other then that, so far, it seems the surgery was a success
Still no scan done to see what happened, but hopefully I'll get one in 3 months when I'll be back for checkup.
My ankle is ok ... OCD site feels good and so does my knee, but my ROM is still bad. PT causes the stabbing pains to come back so I've been pulled out again, but I have to say as slow as its going it is getting better... I think.
I still walk with a limp, still have to wear the brace and can only wear wide sneakers, still swells to twice it's size after a 10 hour day at work and need to be iced, but even with all this said, it is better than what it was before OATS.
But the question is ... if it stays this way for the rest of my life can I live with it? And the answer is of course no ... I see my OS at the end of August and we'll see what he says. Perhaps I just need more time.
I've been laying low because I haven't been sure of how I am doing .. some ok days and some bad days ... some really bad days, but they are becoming fewer and just really depend on how much I am on it.
Glad to hear you are doing well! I have been lurking and need to hear the success stories.
It will get better, just give it time
PT sounds a bit agressive... did you try swimming? it helps alot, and also you have the control over how much to do and stop if gets too painful.
My ROM sucked too, but when I was remembering I was fiddling with the foot, massage it and move it up and down with my hand, pushing a bit more each time but if was hurting too much I was stretching it less.
I got good ROM now and the strenght in ankle is good too, when I started to walk I couldn't lift the heel of the ground more than to put a finger between the heel and the ground, now I can go all the way up on my toes with weight only on the right foot (the one with the OCD).
Great to hear the good update. Now be patient and try not to over push so there is no set backs. Standing up on your toes is pretty impressive to me. And I find it ammusing that such a little thing for most people has me going WOW she can stand on her toes. Did you call this barbaric on another thread? Boy aint that the truth. It would be truly barbaric if we did not need it bad enough to put ourselves through this. Kind of a shame.
Kim, 18 months out and I still limp. But if you remember my other leg is waiting on the oats. So depending on which one is worse I limp either way or walk like Egor. My kids make fun of me. My latest set back has been a pain in my front calf. I went to my reg doc cause I also need to update my blood pressure meds. Got sent for a blood clot test which was neg. And an x-ray. Now they think I got stress fractures. So Monday its back to the OS. I am not sure if he is the one to deal with this, but the guy they sent me to through the regular doc is the one who patted me on the head 3 years ago and told me to get shoe inserts. I have no faith in him even looking at x-rays. I had to explain to him what the oats was. The x-ray tech knew more about it than he seemed to. Scary Huh? this is the ortho guy at my reg docs office.
And I had to pay extra cause he is a specialist.
Wish me luck. Sorry Sparks, I soiled your positive thread with problems.
Glad to hear things are going well. I'm 10 mos out from OATS and have good and bad results. The OATS part is good. Knee is good, no more stabbing pain there, but I'm having surgery on Tuesday because my gait changed from limping and loss of ROM that my peroneal tendon, posterior tib tendon are messed up and I'm getting scar tissue in front cleaned up as well as my hardware out. Hopefully I'll be a new woman. I never thought at this point the tendons would cause me more grief than the microfracture of smaller OCD and OATS on the bigger one.
Wow Kris - surgery again! Hopefully this will clean out the joint and get your ROM back! I'm saying a prayer for you.
Kim - I'm glad to hear that your foot has started to feel better in the last month. It is discouraging that it's been over a year and it's not doing better. I think you're right that the quality of life is not acceptable. I would think the majority of swelling should have left by 9-12 months. There's definitely something else going on in there. It's sad that it feels better than before OATS - you were in some major pain! Please let us know what the OS says in Aug.
I am now 18 months from OATS and of course it is still very successful. In the last 6 weeks I have suffered from 'shin splint' pain after I did a long bike ride. I wonder if it has anything to do with the osteotomy/screws? The pain is pretty mild to non-existant now but was enough to make me slow down and do other things. I've been entertaining myself with berry-picking and weight training at the gym!
Sparks and Dizzi - I can't even imagine having 2 bad ankles!! Hang in there!