Ankle fusion

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i had an ankle fusion approximately five years ago on my right ankle.  I like to play golf and have a problem with pain in my lower back.  It is worse after playing golf but I walk with a noticeable limp and am wondering if my problem might be related to the ankle fusion and the change in my gait.  If so, any suggestions to help me?  Thanks!

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    Hi, I had a fusion 9 years ago, left ankle. It left me with my left leg slightly shorter. I too have had issues with my back. I know i I also have arthritis in most of the jonts down my spine, and adding a change in gait doesn't help. I now know that I should have seen a physio after the fusion. I see one now!. I also have found that having good orthotics in my shoes, and wearing good shoes, helps. Also therapeutic massage. I have a massage therapist near me whi is amazing at releiving my back pain. Dont go to a chiropractor unless you have had scans done first. Usually the pain is muscular. I also have a brace for may back which helps. Good luck.

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      Just interested in why you say don't go to a chiropractor. Have you had a bad experience?

      Cheers Richard

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    Level walking. And pt told me today that we rarely repair 100% and after may need a thin lifter in short leg. 
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    Hi Mike, I'm 3 weeks post fusion so still in cast but before that I had osteoarthritis in the joint for over 10 years.  The change in my gait gave me severe low back pain that sounds similar yours.  Went to a podiatrist who measured the distortion in my ankle and checked my gait before recommending orthotics for my shoes - both sides to keep it even.  This made a huge difference because my back no longer had to compensate for the abnormal gait.  Worth a try.

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