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Old 05-25-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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ankle fusion questions

Hello everyone. About 7 years ago, I had a boo-boo and broke my ankle. I did a number on my talus bone and just about blew part of out the side of my foot. I totally dislocated the talus and broke it into four chunks. The ortho surgeon put it back together and sent me on my way. SInce then, my talus has collasped. Not just a little but I have smashed it down really flat. I have endured a lot off pain and it is really starting to interfere with my life. I get where I sit on my butt to much because if I do to much, I pay the price.

I am considering surgery and wanted to know for those who have gone through this type of surgery, what time frame will I be down? Keep in mind that they will most likely remove my talus bone. I understand this is a harder type of fusion to do. It will make one leg shorter than the other. This way I can walk in circles all day. Whoever has had ankle fusion with or without the talus, please speak up and let me know about how long it takes to recover and if it was successful. Thanks

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Old 05-26-2009, 04:31 AM   #2
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Re: ankle fusion questions

I had my ankle fused 6 months ago. I had my tibia fused to the talus. The talus is a bad bone to break. I broke the the dome of my talus. The top turned to sand instead of healing. My Os took a piece of my fibula to fill in between the tibia and talus so my leg is the same length. Than fused the fibula to the side of the tibia and talus. Most people I have found on boards are in a hard cast for 12 weeks with most of that time no weight on it. I was in a cast for three weeks then went to a boot. The boot came off at 14 weeks. I was not able to put weight on ankle for 10 weeks. It took about 4 months before I could really walk with out crutches. Keep in mind that my whole leg was shot from not being used for 7 months before the fusion surgery. It was a painful surgery with a long recovery, but I am now able to get back to my life. Yes I still have some pain and swelling but it gets less each week. So far I have not found anything the fusion prevents me from doing. I have been told running and jumping would be difficult, haven't tried yet. I am a teacher and on my feet all day and plan to return to skiing every weekend come winter. Good luck sounds like you are very limited now.


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