Ankle foot surgery, thought on the xray

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Hello everyone I'm new to the forum and I just wanted to get some input on my recent xrays of my ankle to see what you all thought. So a little background when I was about 16 I had surgery on both of my ankles because of a sever form of flat feet, the doctors told me it was to hopefully realign my ankle and help me in the long run. I am 30 years old now and since my initial surgery I have had chronic pain in both ankels in various areas, I've gone back to several doctors over the years for pain relieve which involved different medications and other non pharmaceutical medicines such as oils which did nothing. The last doctor I seen which specializes in orthopedics finally ordered an xray to see how bad everything was and his finding were that I would need fusion in the joint below the ankle which should hopefully relieve some of the pain. I'm not so worried about what I'll be able to do physically because I stopped playing sports years ago, but as long as I can walk and get through the day without having to down pain medication and lay down for hours with a throbbing ankle ill do it. I'd really like to upload a photo of the xray to see what everyone thinks after looking at it, it seems like there's a growth almost like bone spurs but I'm not to sure all I know is, is that I'm constantly in pain and the area on the xray which looks like to sharp points poking each other is where it hurts. Doctor says I have a severe form of osteoarthritis in both ankles probably due to the surgeries when I was younger.

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    any type of surgery will limit you for 8-10 weeks at the least

    Im just about 12 weeks post op for broken ankle and improving everyday

    Its a long journey back, but you are young and will heal quickly

    As far as pain everyone tells me Ill have pain rest of my life

    Im hopeful that Ill be just fine Before my injury I was walking 4 miles per day plus volunteering at my local dog rescue

    Im just starting back at dog rescue now Brings me such joy!

    ALL my best

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    hi i can sympathise

    with you i had very similar problems in my youth

    in both feet

    but stuck with it

    i made the decision last year to see a specialist

    i found that different doctors had different ideas of how to go about it

    i am not quite sure if you are in the uk

    as i am. i googled top ankle surgeon in uk

    and paid for a private consultation in London

    before going any further

    i would advise you to get more than 1 consultation

    the first specialist i saw said ankle fusion

    the 2nd ankle replacement TAR

    3 weeks ago i underwent TAR at wrightington hospital so far so good

    good luck


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    Thanks for the replys everyone, I'm located in the United States states, California more specifically, I've seen 3 different specialists within the kaiser network and all 3 have said fusion is the only option I have, I was just curios what type of movement om going to have after the surgery and what I'm going to be restricted to after a full recovery. Either way it doest matter because the pain is just to much to handle anymore.

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    First let me say that i have no direct experience with an ankle fusion. I'm recovering from a calcaneal osteotomy in which my heel bone was realigned and flat foot corrected. My doctor informed that unless I had this surgery relatively soon, i would be facing a fusion. Coincidentally, the nurse who was about 55 had an ankle fusion. She said she had absolutely no problems with her recovery. I remarked that she did not walk with a limp and she responded that initially she had to work really hard at not limping as she did not want to attend a job interview where a large amount of walking was required and present with a limp. She was glad she had the surgery and commented that it was wonderful to be pain free.

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