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In 2011 I suffered a multiple displaced fracture of my ankle. It was the third time the same ankle had been fractured, but this was by far the worst.
At the time I had surgery and plates and screws fitted. They were subsequently removed in 2013. I have experienced a lot of problems ever since with my ankle including pain, swelling and numbness. I have since had 2 further surgeries... one was a cortisone injection below the outside of the heel bone, and open surgery to remove some of the arthritis, a cyst and repair the ligament that runs down the outside of my foot.
I recently went to see my surgeon for a follow up since it is more than a year post surgery. I am still experiencing extreme internal pain, swelling and it effects me walking (especially on uneven ground where it is needed to do a rocking from side to side movement).
My surgeon has suggested another cortisone injection and then proposes to do an ankle fusion.
What is the cortisone injection supposed to find out, that it did not find before? Following the first cortisone injection initially it was quite good for the remainder of the day, then the next day, upon waking, was extremely uncomfortable for about a week. It then eased off for about 4 weeks but the pain and problems soon returned!
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