Surgery for Ankle Sprain

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  • misty34883 Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    06
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Cast, Boot, Physical Therapy, Surgery, Rest, Brace
      Not Improved
      Compression

    I broke both bones in my ankle in 4 places and have a plate and 16 screws and then 2 that come from the back. I also had surgery to clean out the shattered bone fragments from the joint and surgery to lengthen the achilie tendon to help with recovery I did this in August 2015 and had surgery 10 days later due to swelling. I have had 3 casts, one Cam Boot, a brace and am now with a cane learning to bend and walk. I was non weight bearing for 2 months and could go no where without assistance. With PT I am now able to bend up, down, and side to side, but still have pain and swelling. I too wear a compression sock, but that doesn't seem to help much. I have temporary handicap pass, but they will renew it again in February so I am able to park close to where I work. fI spent my 60th birthday on pain meds and down - happy bday to me sad I have had the cane since end of November and can get around in the house but not out and about due to my stability. 2 years for swelling to go away that just isn't right


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  • MsCamboot Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    05
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Boot, Surgery, Ice, Crutches, Compression

    broke my ankle August 2015 in 3 places with a dislocation. Surgeon says worse end of the spectrum regarding ankle breaks. I'm hobbling with a crutch and sometimes wear the moonboot / camboot. I too have swelling and wear a Tubi grip. I keep the right leg elevated when at home sitting and sometimes with ice. I've heard it can take 1-2 years to be rid of the swelling if you're lucky. I'm not yet back at work as I have a highly active physical job. I'm nearly 60.


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  • 14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Boot
      Almost Cured
      Surgery
      Improved
      Strengthening Exercises

    It is now just over 2 years since I had my ankle replacement operation and quite frankly up to about 2 months ago I really despaired for m future mobility. Unfortunately I did not have any Physio offered. My consultant felt it was not necessary. ..?? I paid for a private trainer to work with me 2days a week to both strengthen my ankle and leg as well as work on my core strength as your whole body needs to adjust and readjust to the physical change. I experienced all the symptoms bing outlined. Swelling all around the ankle and up my lower leg. Pain in the ankle and then referred pain in the lower back and hips. My consultant could not find anything wrong and carried out yet more tests, scans, both CT/MRI and ultrasound Yes there was obviously something not right but he did not know what and wanted to reopen he ankle to see if that would tell him anything more. I did not want this and so aid to see a podiatrist who recommended that I wore an ankle boot-not anything horrible -just a normal formal shoe but covering the ankle and giving it support.

    At the same time she felt I needed an insole to support the arches. I bought the boots and wear them at work Monday to Friday It works! Within 2 weeks the swelling ad subsided. Most of the pain had gone and I feel much more mobile and at ease. I am still working with the hospital orthotics dept on an insole but I don't feel this is germane to the ankle problem Believe me it changed the whole situation almost overnight. After 2years of regret I now feel the operation was worthwhile.


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  • extremstorm Ankle Sprain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Surgery, Other

    I broke a piece of bone off my ankle seven and a half years ago. I have had complications from that because it was not removed for more than a year. I suffered subsequent nerve and soft tissue damage. I have had 11 procedures including the one to remove the broken bone. I have trouble walking, standing and cannot get up on my tip toes any more. I have been suffering in pain for a long time and still cannot manage it. I've tried non-medicinal ways through hydrotherapy, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator), and different creams. I've also been on and off narcotics for years. Nothing seems to work.


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  • Jemora Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Surgery
      Worsened
      Cortisone Injection

    I was told that I had tendinitis by the hospital doctor. It got to the point that I could not walk on my foot, it was so painful. I was given two injections in my ankle but it just got worse. My own general physician decided to give me an x-ray as the hospital doctor did not. It was discovered that I had broken my fibula and tibia, it was a stress fracture and I was walking on it for 10 weeks. I have had two operations, metal work and 14 pins and 2 years on I am still walking with a limp and a stick.


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  • 10
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery
      Not Improved
      Cast

    The reason I ended up with a TAR was that I had a spiral fracture of my tibia and fibia while skiing when I was 20. The was an attempt to set things with full length and then walking casts for almost 1-1/2 years. That immobility was the source of my cartilage problems until the ankle replacement 40+ years later. I can tell you that the slight resistance of my fibia to mesh kept my tibia from healing for 18 months. Then, when I had surgery, it healed in weeks when the parts were in the right places. If I had had the surgery originally, I would never have had a life of ankle problems.


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  • Marc Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    23
    Sep2015

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Physical Therapy, Surgery

    About 10 years ago I had a severe ankle breakage after a motorcycle accident requiring orthopedic surgery and the implantation of hardware. However, I received great physical therapy and really threw myself into it (doing all my at-home exercises to the letter). After doing so, I returned to full capacity and can even do ultramarathons on trails. So if you are at all in doubt, go to an orthopedist/sports medicine specialist (not a primary care physician), get an x-ray and get physical therapy. These physicians are accustomed to dealing with athletes who need to heal completely -their patients cannot afford to wobble around for the rest of their lives. Also, I cannot overemphasize the efficacy of physical therapy to address a variety of movement and pain issues. Please try this first instead of narcotic pain killers (which is what you will probably get if you go to a primary care doctor).


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  • Robert Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    19
    Sep2015
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Surgery

    I had these sprains all of my life, through running four marathons, playing sports such as ultimate and squash, touring cities all over the world, and hiking dozens of mountains. The ankle finally gave out after 55 years of loyal service five years ago, so I had total ankle replacement surgery.

    The surgeon blew it. Oh, I still kinda hobble about and can make it across a Costco. I'm otherwise quite healthy and cycle up to 50 miles. But the ankle is getting gradually worse, and may well seize up completely.
    Where, dear readers, do they remedy such complex things? After five stabs at this ankle, I've only got one more surgery left in it. And it takes more than a surgeon. Looking for a complete support infrastructure, with PT so aggressive it will prevent bone spurs this time. I will travel anywhere for this. With a good deal of work overseas, I have a lot of adventure ahead if I can walk.


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  • 30
    Nov2014
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy, Surgery, Brace

    I injured my ankle a number of times playing a variety of sports (mostly basketball and soccer). I had a bad sprain with visible bruising and large amount of swelling when I was about 14 that took a couple of weeks to heal. After that injury, I basically had problems with frequent sprains.
    Eventually, in my late 20s, I started having trouble with acute pain in the ankle. X-rays found a couple of bone chips and a bone spur along with a significant amount of scar tissue. I had an arthroscopy and went through physical therapy. I am now in my early 40s and I still have trouble with the ankle (it acts like a barometer - I can tell the air pressure is dropping and it is likely to rain because my ankle starts to hurt).
    Even before the surgery, I would wear a brace on my ankle to try to prevent injury. I have tried a number of them and none have worked super great. They have all been either uncomfortable, ineffective, or both.
    I still try to do some of my physical therapy exercises, but I don't think my ankle will ever completely heal. At this point, probably the best thing I could do for it would be to lose some weight and be more diligent about my physical therapy exercises.
    I have quit playing sports such as basketball and soccer due to repeated injuries. I mostly stick to low impact activities like swimming.


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  • Susannah Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    24
    Jul2013

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Surgery

    In 1998 I was working in a hospital pharmacy when I stepped down about 4 inches from a stool I was using for computer entry. At that moment, I felt a sharp searing pain in my left foot that did not lessen. Within a few minutes I was taken to the er in a wheelchair, because as you know most hospitals do not have workman's compensation insurance. I had not finished my 90 probationary period either so was without insurance at the time. The er doc diagnosed my pain as a sprain even though I told him I had sprained that foot before and it most certainly didn't feel like a sprain. I was sent home to elevate an ice it for 10 days. It hurt like a fracture and by the next day it looked like a fracture so I went back to the er and a different doc repeated the diagnosis without even looking at my foot. Well, within a year I had saved enough money to visit a orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed my pain from having a dead talus and he told me that there was nothing that could be done about it. I had my first surgery 6 years later and my second 2 years after that. I now have 7 screws of various sizes holding my ankle in a permanent blocked position. I can walk with the assistance of a cane. I can't stand on my foot much longer than an hour. I will never be able to run or jump again and I had been active.

    My advice, if your ankle hurts then insist on an a Xray and don't stop complaining until you are sure of the diagnosis yourself.


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  • 10
    Aug2008
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery
      Not Improved
      Ice, Brace

    I have had major foot reconstruction (tendon transfer and medial displacement calcaneal osteotomy) on my right foot. It all started many years ago when I twisted my foot and let it go, and then twisted it again about two to three years after that and never sought medical treatment. Like most people, I iced it, wrapped it up in an ace bandage, and toughed it out. It was, after all, “just a sprain.”
    Well, after many years of ignoring the swelling and soreness and walking on the outside my foot and limping around whenever the pain got intolerable, I finally went to see an orthopedist (about 5 years after the initial sprain and two years after the second). He immediately thought I may have torn my right PTT (posterior tibial tendon, one responsible for inversion and supporting the arch). An MRI confirmed it, and after nine months of conservative treatment, my foot only got progessively worse to point where it was “severe tendinopathy,” at which point the only option was surgery–and the whole nine yards as noted above. Even though I had a remarkable and talented orthopedic surgeon whose specialty was foot and ankle, it has taken me close to a year and a half post-op to feel any normalcy in my foot. Immediate post-op entailed nine months of non-weight bearing (i.e.crutches), more specifically, of splinting, casting, removal of cast to remove stitches, recasting, and then aircast boot, and then months of physical therapy. In my case, because I also encountered complications during rehab (tendinitis in another tendon–likely because it was compensating for tendon that was operated on), recuperation was much longer than normal. All told, I would say it’s taken about a year and half, and only recently (six months ago, and surgery was in 9/06) have I felt that it’s back to normal. Luckily, due to my wonderful doctor who saw me through this incredibly tedious process, I am walking again (and even running!).
    But the moral of this long story is: Seek timely professional medical help whenever there is pain or swelling, even if it is “just a sprain.” Otherwise, it can cost you big time further down the road.


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  • Chris02 Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    26
    Jul2008

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I was fortunate to have my sprain x-rayed – revealing what was actually a fractured lower fibula. Surgery followed to help the ankle stay aligned while the fracture healed. Six months later it still aches like crazy but the ankle joint is sound and strong. If you feel a “pop” during the twist, seek a prompt x-ray to rule out a fracture.


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  • Donald Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    26
    Jun2008

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery, Supportive Shoes

    After spraining my ankle so many times growing up and playing basketball in the 1950’s (wearing those Converse Chuck shoes – look great no support at all) I ended up with ankles that had nothing but bone holding them together. After having one fused with 5 screws I was relieved of most of the pain. Now my other ankle is acting up so I guess I have another fusion in my future. For shoes with ankle pain I recommend, ECCO, Clark, New Balance, and Keen. Believe me I h ave tried them all. GET GOOD SHOES!!!
    I wished I had had better treatment way back when but the old it ain’t broke stop whining was the norm. I discovered that while not broken I had minor fractures more than likely.


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