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I have just had my cast removed after THIRTEEN weeks following a longitudinal fusion of my left ankle due to arthritic pain. This is my second fusion (Already had a lateral) and third op overall!!
After 10 weeks everything seemed to be going well. I was partial weight bearing on two crutches, then one day whilst making a short walk in town the pain in my ankle increased so by the time i got back to my car (an automatic!!) the pain was almost unbearable.
I went back to see my consultant and was advised to NWB for two weeks.
In that time the pain never really decreased (I am a widowed single parent living in a cottage!) and my ankle always felt swollen if I spent any time on my crutches and not resting.
On Tuesday last i returned to see my consultant. The cast was removed (Hooray!!). He was happy with the fusion and when I told him of my continuing discomfort he said that the bone is fixed but the tissue still needs to repair itself. I also mentioned physio, but he said not at this stage!!
My problem now is the same. The ankle swells and my lower leg goes purple any time that I am on my feet. I cannot bear any weight as the pain is quite severe. I already take 500mg of Naproxen twice daily and 2x 500mg of Co-codamol thrice daily, but they don't seem to do anything.
I need to get back to work as soon as. Can anybody help!!?
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