Heel Pain

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has anyone had severe heel pain after an ankle fusion? I’m almost 13 weeks in & can hardly put pressure on my foot because of heel pain. It seems to be getting worse instead of better. Has anyone had this & how long before you noticed improvement?

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    Hey Barb,

    I have no personal knowledge to offer, but wanted to, as always send my positive thoughts your way.  I know how much you have suffered and what is to come from everything you have shared.

    I can't even imagine it all...

    I'm so sorry for your ongoing issues.

    My hope for a quick recovery and my support...such as it is thru a website.

    Kind regards,

    Deb

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    I have had two ankles fused. The first one resulted in extreme heel pain. I think in my case it was being NWB too long, the heel had lost all tone and flesh gets very soft and the heel bone presses and hurts. Only way to get that back is to bear what pain you can and keep trying, wearing very supportive shoes that spread the weight throughout the sole of the foot. Don't despair it gets tone back and toughens up. I do remember it was extremely painful. But it goes.

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      Thanks Steve. I will be getting my other one fused next summer? What’s it like living with two fused ankles? As long as I can walk again, I will be happy. 
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    The relief from it hurting makes any minor problems disappear. I can't say its anything other than better since I can put it down, walk on it and it does not give way, wobble or hurt as much. I don't really feel anything other than better. Getting the right shoes might take a bit of time, I have tried an awful lot of pairs and bought quite a few that were subsequently given away. I tend now to wear fairly curved soles, Not special rocker soles, but quite curved and they suit me. Clarks Bow. As you already know, getting the foot as supple as possible is the key. Good luck with your second, piece of cake compared to the first.

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    Heel pain usually builds up gradually and gets worse over time. The pain is often severe and occurs when you place weight on your heel.

    The pain is usually worse first thing in the morning, or when you first take a step after a period of inactivity. Walking usually improves the pain, but it often gets worse again after walking or standing for a long time.

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      Hi Priya, how long did it take you before it went away? It doesn’t appear to be improving but is getting worse. Mine has also moved into the back of the heel. Almost like I have Achilles Tendonitus. 
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