8 weeks post op ankle fusion

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I had my ankle fused 8weeks ago is it normal for the ankle to be swollen pretty badly I'm now partial weight bearing after about doing a mile on it it's so uncomfortable

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    Wow, if you're walking a mile at 8 weeks post fusion you're doing pretty well! I was still only walking around the house at that point, or doing very very short walks outside. I'm not surprised it's swollen, you're probably doing too much! My advice would be to rest and elevate it as much as possible, and don't try to do too much too soon.  For the record, I'm now 23 weeks post fusion and my ankle is still swollen, and gets more so when I walk, so I put ice on it at the end of the day and try to elevate it even now.  It all takes a long time to settle down unfortunately. Good luck! 

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    Hi. I had mine done about the same time too and I'm just PWB and it gets pretty swollen for me.

    I would still think after 8wks and FWB that you would get a considerable amount of swelling. I would just elevate and ice your ankle as much as possible to reduce the swelling.

    I was told by my consultant that the swelling can last up to 18mths after the op too. Let us know how your getting on.

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    Yes I too believe you are on it too long. I had mine done Sept of last year, it is a long process so don't rush. I am walking 10000

    Steps now and still have some swelling. So keep elevated and iced.

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    Your doing great 10 weeks for me and I am lucky to get around the house with a cane. The swelling is normal and could last up to a year
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    Wow 8weeks and walking!! I was still in my cast at 8 weeks with PWB then another 4weeks in boot with FWB. Now walking with crutche but can't walk too far as pain and swelling don't allow. Be careful your not trying to do too much. Ice and elevate as much as possible. Good luck.

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      Can i ask where you're pain is when you weight bear Sandra. I'm 8 weeks post op fusion, partially weight bear but it can be so painfull where the incisions are. Once elevated no pain at all. I'm wondering if this is where the screws are placed and does this ease off gradually ready for FWB.

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    Hi Will

    I have been told swellig can last up to 12 months. Compression socks help me. I am 12 weeks post op and still have lots of swelling however, no more pain smile

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      Hi Marion,

      Just joined discussion group. I had fusion 8 weeks ago, I am now in aircast boot and PWB get bit of pain and feels sore. You say you are pain free most of the time, can I ask how long was it before the pain subsided. I'm not getting any swelling so that's a bonus.

      Thank you

      Alison.

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    I agree with the others that a mile after only 8 weeks is a lot. I only had one of the joints in my ankle fused and I wouldn't have been able to do that. Be sure to keep elevating and icing your foot as much as possible, especially on the days when you may have done too much. I'm 6 months post-op and I still have some painful days after intense activity such as painting a room or putting grass down in the backyard, but overall I have more pain-free days than painful days.

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    The only reason I'm walking a mile ish is I'm on holiday with the wife and kids can't wait till Saturday when I can put my foot up and try and get this swelling down thanks for everyone's reply

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    If you've done a mile I would think you would have swelling, that seems like a long walk! Was that your first real walk? My Dr said swelling is normal and that I may want to wear compression hose (I have many pair for running he said most people liked them better than the medical kind) in the future because it will still happen later. Ice and elevate with increased activity but it's never a bad idea to give your office a call just to be sure. RICE-rest ice compression elevate. Words to live by now. Good luck to you.

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    Wow a mile is right! I'm 10 weeks postop from bimalleolar fx and I can't imagine going a mile. A trip around the grocery store and being up and around all day causes quite a bit of swelling by nightfall,although the last couple of days the swelling is less. It's still pretty significant, most of it seems to be fluid. Its goes away with massage and elevation,

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    As long as your swelling goes down then youre good to go. From what I have seen with my subtalar fusion which was done almost 10 weeks ago, swelling can look crazy and hurt at times, but is normal.
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