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Old 06-30-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Help with Stiff ankle problems...

Hi! I am new to this board. I had an inversion sprain of my right ankle back in March 2009. The x-ray showed a small piece of bone detachment. After the initial sprain I was given an aircast and PT was prescribed. I did PT from April 2009 until December 2009 with no real progress. Ever since the sprain I have had trouble doing squats. I do not have the dorsi flexion on that foot. When I squat I feel a sharp pain on the top of my ankle. I started physical therapy again in March 2010 until October 2010. Still no real progress. I have recently started going to a massage therapist who has helped break up the scar tissue on the inside of my foot. However I still have pain on the top of my foot. I started playing kickball 2 weeks ago and the pain on the top of my foot has drastically increased. My ankle is so stiff that I usually have to force my a squat through the pain. I have a doctor's appt July 10th and am afraid he will just prescribe more PT. I have done over 15 months of PT with Zero progress.

Have any of you experienced this type of injury or symptoms? I know that everyone is different and progress can be slowed. At this point I am tired of not running through the pain and waking up with a stiff ankle that makes me limp. Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: Help with Stiff ankle problems...

Sharp pain with squatting, eh? That's pretty specific.

I had that following several ankle sprains. It eventually got pretty bad, and I wound up having surgery to remove some scar tissue inside the ankle joint. It worked perfectly!

Now, you might or might not need surgery. First things first, [I]stop squatting.[/I] Forcing it into a position it doesn't want to go to is just making the swelling and irritation worse.

Ask your doctor for a referral to an orthopedist, preferably a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon. That's the best person to assess the problem.

 
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Re: Help with Stiff ankle problems...

So I went to the doctor today. I had an x-ray taken and there is a bubble on my talus. I actually took a picture of my x-ray. I am getting an MRI shortly to determine what caused the bone cyst. He did say it was OCD of the Talus. Any way I can upload the x-ray? I am wondering if any of you have had the same exact bone cyst.

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Re: Help with Stiff ankle problems...

Okay, OCD is osteochondral defect. What that means is, the talus was injured, maybe that bone chip that the original x-ray found, and now there's a hole, or an area of dead or soft bone. It can sometimes be repaired through surgery, either drilling holes in it to stimulate new growth, or putting in a plug of bone taken from a donor or a large bone on another part of your body.

See what the MRI shows and how big it is.

 
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Re: Help with Stiff ankle problems...

Thanks Jane! Is surgery the only option for OCD?? It the bubble on my talus actually looks like a door stop and according to the OS that is probably why I cannot dorsiflex my ankle. What should the MRI show? I guess what is the purpose of the MRI if the x-ray shows it??

Does anyone know any good physicians in the DC/Baltimore area who have had this surgery??

 
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The MRI will show it more closely and help the doctors figure out exactly what shape your talus is in and what the best treatment is.

 
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Oh okay. Are there any alternative to surgery treatments that you are aware of? Thank you again! My MRI is scheduled for July 27th and my doc appt is on Aug 6th.

 
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