10 Weeks post op after a Navicular fusion surgery

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Hello,

My doctor allowed partial weight bearing 2 weeks ago (50%), and I am using a walker to walk about 70-100 steps a day. The past couple of days, I am having a lot of pain and swelling. Today I only took about 10 steps. 

The weather is also getting cooler, and I wonder if that could be a factor for pain. 

I would like to know what people have experienced once they were allowed to weight bear. Thank you! 

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    I had surgery for torn ligaments and chipped cartilage. Was told I could do partial weight bearing after 3 days but waited two weeks. For about two months I would try to do a little walking in a boot with walker but would have moderate pain a few hours later. My surgeon said I should continue weight bearing but it just worried me that I was delaying my recovery by stressing the ankle too much. I kept trying the partial weight bearing every few days to see if it resulted in pain. Like you, I was doing about 100 steps a day around the house. Just this last week, about 10 weeks post op, I am getting only minimal pain, so I'm going to continue and slightly increase the amount of walking each day. 

    However, I have talked with others who had various types of injuries who just toughed it out and endured the pain. They also recovered. 

    Hope this helps. 

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      Thank you! I wish you a speedy recovery! 

      I am glad you shared your experience as my physical therapist told me that there shouldn’t be any pain so I was worries as to why I am having so much pain. I think I will keep pushing through the pain as patience is not a strong virtue of mine and I want to be able to walk by the end of the year smile

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      I'm surprised by your physical therapist. I've never heard anyone say there was no pain with physical therapy. 

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      Yeah my surgeon said I should expect pain and swelling for ag least 6 months after the surgery but the therapist said I should slow down due to the pain as there should be no pain with walking. I was surprised by that too. I think I will listen to my surgeon and my body smile 
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    I had my talo navicular fusion on June 21st. I am now back in normal shoes but still finding it quite painful to walk much and still using a crutch when out. Ankle still swells quite a bit during the day which is where my pain is. I have been told to expect swelling for at least 6 months but the pain I am getting is hindering my recovery. Its all in my ankle, not around the fusion. Grrrrrrr!
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      Sorry to hear that! I was also told to expect pain/swelling for a minimum of at least 6 months! It has been a long journey but I am hopeful that I will be able to walk about without any crutch/walker/boot by the end of the year. 

      Good luck to you! 

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