Broke my Talus bone 6 months ago and still experiencing pain,stiffness and swelling

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Hi I'm 27 and I broke my talus is a car accident 6 months ago.. My doctor said since I'm young it should heal fine and be back to normal in 3 months and that's not been the case! I work on my feet all day long and when I get home I'm in a lot of pain and limping everywhere and in even more pain when I wake up! It's been extremely frustrating and depressing dealing with this everyday I'm hoping with even more time that it might get better but it seems like it's always the same! Anyone with similar issues? 

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    Hi Stephanie, So sorry your still in so much pain. I broke 3 bones including my talus 7 months ago. I have no pain but still some stiffness. Did you have surgery, a cast, a boot, or physical therapy? Everyone heals differently. It can be so frustrating and depressing. If it were me I would go back to the ortho and get an x-ray just to make sure everything has healed properly, maybe even get a second opinion.

    Good luck, I know how hard it is.

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      Hey machelle! I did not have any surgery I was in a cast for 3 months then a walking boot for about 2 weeks I went back to work within 3 weeks of my cast coming off. Unfortunately I only had temporary insurance for 90 days so I was not able to do physical therapy which I think is what is causing my problems now along with going back to work to soon. I will be getting insurance with my job within the next few weeks so I will definitely be getting an x-ray then! Thank you for the kind words glad to hear your ankle is better it gives me hope!
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    3 months in a cast seems like a really long time that may be because you didn't have any screws or plates put in surgically to stabilize your ankle. After that long and no PT I can see why you would have issues. There are some ankle PT video's on youtube which may be helpful too you. I hope you can do Physical Therapy soon, it will make a huge difference. biggrin

     

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    talus bone is slow to heal and can give trobles.

    you should exercise but not overdoing it, try to understand if the pain comes from the bone or the soft tissues. if you see no improvements try to see a specialist.

    i fractured mine but didn't heal, i ended up refracturing it (and the malleolis).

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      I'm really hoping the exercises help it to start feeling normal again and I really hope that I didn't re fracture the bone again... I currently wear an ankle brace to work do you think it would help for me to not wear it at work? I have heard that ankle braces aren't that good for you but I'm scared of my ankle hurting worse if I don't wear one. 

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      in my case i used the brace and also crutches too much, because the ankle was painful and unstable. probably the talus never healed complitely because cast came off too soon.

      i was afraid and didn't exercise the foot, i had surgery to fix ligaments but never recovered.

      so my bones became weak and i refractured,

      try to walk w/o the brace, also try different kind of shoes.

      if the fracture was very comminuted it takes longer to heal, but if the pain get worse you shold ask a second opinion.

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    Hello😊

    I too broke my talus bone/open fracture 3/1/17 had no pain at all till i started to walk on it..I had a external fixator fitted and no weight bearing for 14 weeks..Its true this bone is a bad bone to break n it takes alot of time.. you really have to keep looking back on how far your progressing than look too far forward as this can depress you alot.(it did for me anyway😢wink all rehab is different but i have limited ROM, limp on days where i do too much BUT i can look after my kids and went back to college and this helps me on bad days as i look back at what ive done in a year and im gratefull for the people who helped me get through probably the worst thing in my life so far x Try not to think what u carnt do n focus on what u can do im here if u need any tips😄 love Maria xxx

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    Hi Steph,

    I sustained only a bimalleolar fracture/sprain (no cutting done on me), so I can only imagine what your talus fracture has been like.

    The talus is so crucial to walking and movement-- no wonder you are concerned about your condition.

    Chances are very good your bone healed okay-- doctor's final x-ray post-op would have proved it. That said, the talus is known to be possibly difficult in recovery, and long term pain is likely not uncommon.

    The biggest concern if it were me would be if cartilage or soft tissue (ligaments, tendons, nerves, etc.) were injured in your auto accident and you never knew it (these are not likely to show up on an x-ray).

    Cartilage is vitally important for smooth, pain-free operation of ankle joint since it is a smooth cushiony surface for bone articulation. Erosion of cartilage is a hallmark of arthritis.

    It's a shame you have to be on your feet all day to earn of living while still in recovery. But not all of us patients are fortunate enough to have desk jobs.

    A brace would only hinder your healing if it were not needed, that is, if your ankle joint is in good enough condition to withstand the stress of standing/walking all day long. Eventually as you recover you will throw it away as it would only be a crutch at that point.

    Good luck to you.

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    Hope things are getting better by now!Im 26 years old I fractured my fibula in two places and broke my talus in September 2017. I had surgery right away and had a plate and screws up my fibula and pins through my talus. I started physical therapy two weeks post op and was non weight bearing for 14 weeks. At 14 weeks post break I had the two pins in my talus removed. I was out of work a total of 7 months and I’m still on doctors restrictions and can not work more than 5 hours a day since I am on my feet all day at work and  my ankle swells so bad I have trouble walking. I was in physical therapy for 9 months and am now waiting my 3rd surgery to remove the rest of my hardware. It has been 11 months since my break. My surgeon keeps telling me it was a very bad injury and these things take time. Ice, elevation and stretching are life savers. It seemed for awhile like it would never get better but slowly but surely I am noticing small improvements. I hope you are able to get physical therapy it kills when you are doing it but helps so much! 
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