Re: Surgery complications
Sorry to hear you are having problems with your surgeries. As far as subtalar joint implants, I will tell you this. They are typically not used in adults and are almost always for use in children. This is because a child's foot will adapt better and the realignment can allow the tendons and ligaments to function to support the arch better. Essentially allow the growing child to adapt to this corrected position. They almost always will have to be removed in children at the age when they stop growing because they become painful. The implant causes realignment of the subtalar joint and also limits pronation. If your foot wants to pronate, the implant may cause pain because it is blocking motion that naturally wants to occur. A flexible child's foot is much more forgiving and able to adapt to this block in motion. Adult feet typically are not.
The subtalar joint inplant is placed between the talus and the calcaneus. In actuality it is not within the joint but within a tunnel between the two bones. I doubt you have had any damage to the joint because of this. There are no major nerve branches that run in that area either. You most certainly need the implants removed. You should feel some relief after that, but the question is will you get 100% relief. Most likely, your foot will return to the flat position with excessive pronation that you had prior to the surgery.
Were you having pain in your ankle or arch prior to the implants being placed? If not, there was no reason to put the implants in. If you were, they should have performed a more typical surgery for flatfoot repair, which involved bone cuts and tendon repair. This physician either wanted to take the easy way out or doesn't know how to perform a proper flatfoot reconstruction. In either case, I would have the physician remove the implants and see how you do after that. You may benefit from custom orthotics prior to deciding if you need a more extensive flatfoot reconstructive surgery. If that is needed, a second opinion is the way to go.