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I've been reading these comments and have been struck by the wide variations in treatment and outcomes. I had my operation 5 weeks ago and was told to put my full weight on the ankle from day1. I had a plaster cast for 10 days and have been using a moon boot since - although I take it off at night. For the first 2 weeks in the boot, I used two crutches. I'm now down to one - or none if I'm just hobbling from room to room, but I've had no physio.
Apart from difficulty getting the foot into a comfortable position at night and pins and needles when I don't have it elevated for a while, I've had very little pain and I'm not taking any painkillers. The wounds - one on the front of the foot and one on the instep - seem to have healed well and I'm hoping I can dispense with the moon boot after my appointment next week.
I saw two consultants before the operation. One was clearly of the view I should go for a fusion and warned that a TAR would only last for about 8-10 years (I'm 68). But the other recommended a TAR. She used a new custom made US prosthesis which she thought would last at least 10 years and she said that early indications were that it would last longer. She told me afterwards that the operation had gone well and I'm hopeful for a good result.
I'll post an update when I get rid of the moon boot and start walking unaided.
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