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Old 02-28-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
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Ankle surgery - polio survivor

I had polio as a child in the 50's which affected my right leg from the thigh down. I had to learn to walk again by using a back leg muscle to throw my hip forward as I take each step. I have worn a brace of some sort all my life on my ankle and walk with a slight limp.
The past 2-3 years I have been experiencing much more pain in my ankle to the point I can hardly walk on it and working is getting difficult especially as I am on my feet all day. I have been to several orthopedists who have tried putting me in painful leg braces or wanted to fuse my ankle which would make it difficult for me to walk, work or drive a car.
My current doctor wants to do an osteotemy of the heel along with fusing some bones in the forefoot. My foot has twisted over the years and I walk mostly on the outside edge of it. This has caused a turning of my ankle joint causing one side of the ankle joint to rub bone on bone - the cause of the pain in the ankle. He hopes to make my foot sit flatter taking the pressure off the one side of the ankle joint.
I will be in a cast for 2-3 months and off work for 5-6 months at least and maybe more if they have to do more surgery later.
I am wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience or any thoughts on this? I am only 54 and too young to retire from my job. I am normally a very active person involved in remodeling our home and children's home or some activity. All my doctors tell me I have a high tolerance for pain.

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Old 02-28-2006, 07:36 PM   #2
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Re: Ankle surgery - polio survivor

Posting for my husband, Gary

Hi bassman 51,
I think I get my own posting name. Wonder if I could get the name bassman 58. Bass fishing, making lures, and watching NASCAR is my 24/7 thing…. Oh YEAH.....

Doesn't sound like I have your problem, but am glad they are willing to do something for you. It sounds like your problem would cause you to have back troubles. Does it? I say if you don't have post polio and it would keep you mobile longer then go for it...
The knee operations I had in the 60s, to straighten my good leg, enabling me to walk again. But in 85 I was told I had Post Polio and had to quit my drafting job. For years my knee has been giving way, but the Doctors refuse to operate on it because of the Post Polio. They refuse to operate on my carpel tunnel also. They say it would just be a temporary fix and the problems would quickly return even worse than before.
I'm in a power chair now because of my knee giving way and because I can't use my crutches either, not without severe pain anyway.
I'm only 58 and have a hard time slowing down. I got stuff I want to do and would love the option to get back on my feet.

Just waiting for warmer weather so I can get a line wet,

Old 03-01-2006, 08:06 PM   #3
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Re: Ankle surgery - polio survivor

Gary (aka bassman58): You should get your own name! Sounds cool! I am bassman cause I play bass guitar but I do love to go fishing for trout. I don't get much time to do much fishing though.
With my right leg being shorter than my left, I do have some mild back problems but it really doesn't bother me that much. Not like the pain in my ankle!! My knee hasn't given me problems either but the specialist I saw for a third opinion on the surgery was concerned as she felt my knee is unstable.
I understand about not wanting to slow down. I don't think I know how to slow down, or at least that's what my wife tells me.

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