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Old 04-07-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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Question Avascular Necrosis of Talus

I was recently diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the talus bone (ankle). While I am grateful to have a diagnosis instead of being told it is a sprained ankle I am in need of possible resolutions to this problem. My podiatrist has been taking a wait and see approach sort of hoping for spontaneous regeneration. Meanwhile I can no longer exercise, I am trying to wear an air boot without much success ( due to severe neuropothy ).

Should I be seeing an ortho M.D. rather than a DPM?
Is core decompression the next step?
Is ankle replacement an option?

What am I looking at 5, 10 years out?

If you have experience with this please let me know how things progressed in your case/s


Old 04-07-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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Re: Avascular Necrosis of Talus

If it's progressed to AVN, I would get another opinion from an orthopedist who is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon.

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Old 04-16-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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Re: Avascular Necrosis of Talus

I have AVN of the talus too. I see an Ortho Doc. As he says I am young (just turned 40) I have braces for my ankle. One I call my forrest gump brace (which I hate) and the 2nd one is shorter but works as well. Without them I can't walk well. WIth them I still dont' walk "normal" but they do help.
The next step (as you asked) is different for each person. As stated above, my doc says I'm young and he doesn't want to do surgery yet (says in two years).
Good luck to you.

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