Has anyone out there had a pantalar fusion (staged or otherwise)?
In case you are familiar with the term - a pantalar fusion is a fusion of the tibiotalar (ankle) joint, subtalar joint, talonavicular joint, and calcaneocuboid joint.
I have had my ankle and subtalar joint fused already due to post traumatic arthritis, but am now experiencing serious pain in the talonavicular and calcaneocuboid joints. It is effecting my daily life. I have dealt with this chronic pain about as long as I believe I can tolerate. I just want my active life back. Right now, I can work, but after my shift I just go home and put my foot up. I have a very low quality of life.
We are currently trying conservative methods - orthotics, nsaids, injections. I truly hope a combination of them will do the trick. However, it never hurts to know what the next still would be like if we have to go down the route of more fusions.
Feel free to weigh in with suggestions, advice or personal stories you think might help even if you have not had a pantalar fusion.