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[QUOTE=twohands;5242029]It's been a while since I posted on this board - I hope everyone's doing well and I see a lot of new faces in here, so hello to all of you.

I had an arthroscopic surgery Sept 2012 to remove a bone spur and clean out scar tissue in my left ankle. However, several months ago I had an ultrasound that showed a lot of fluid on my ankle, and my ankle surgeon said I have scar tissue and inflammation that has returned in my ankle joint. I'm just wondering if anyone here has had this surgery repeated and if it helped at all, and if the scar tissue returned again after that.

I also have a torn ligament and have been told I need Achilles tendon lengthening, but I'm trying to delay/avoid those surgeries if at all possible. In addition, I've developed a terrible case of neuritis around my ankle/foot, and I'm afraid that if I have surgery it will get worse yet.

I'm at a point where I'm having great difficulty with my left ankle and doing simple things like grocery shopping put me in great pain for at least 24 hours and it means a sleepless night if I do, so I'm finding I'm now avoiding activities that involve walking/standing which isn't good. I've had 11 surgeries in the past 5 years including my ankle (most have been spine surgeries), and I'm mentally at a point where I don't even want to think about another surgery.[/QUOTE]


Hey TwoHands,

I've had two repeat surgeries along with other things involved to clean out scar tissue and inflammation. I've also had an Achilles' tendon lengthening, but because of this last surgery, it did absolutely nothing. It's very tight and now I have muscle breakdown in both my calf, I have no calf muscle, and almost no muscle or tissue on my foot. I'm in some heavy duty pt right now to try and build that all up. I also had a torn ligament in my right ankle, the brunt of all the surgeries. I'm only 4 weeks post op but am in pain, still, and it's a burning pain where the ligament is. I've also got pain in the front of the ankle where they scoped it out. Apparently the arthritis will continue to form and I don't know what to do to stop it. Orthodics are going to be the next step, but don't know how they will prevent arthritis from forming.

We seem to be similar in that we've both had multiple surgeries. Hang in there. I was unprepared for this last surgery. But it had to be done. Hopefully I can thank God later should this work out. The next step is an ankle replacement, but the surgeon said I'm way too young and it'll only last for about 15-20 years. I'm only 30 years old. He said i have to limit movement on my ankle, finding a job sitting down the majority of the day would be best. However I work with 16- 2 1/2 year olds and have 8 years of childcare experience, so just finding a new job is far out there.

I had a lot of difficulty doing simple things. I had to cut my hours way back at work because I couldn't handle it. Now I'm facing being cut from my job because I'm gone too much with this last surgery and don't have the okay to return on December 2nd. I can't return in the boot as my boss believes I will become a worker's comp issue. I'll be returning early January as I have 8 more weeks of pt two times to three times a week. I was also supposed to wait until 6 weeks post op but the doctor gave me the order to go to pt 4 weeks post op. I just had an eval done with the pt and the prognosis is not good. Like you I've lost a lot of muscle tone.

I too often question God. More now then ever. Especially since yesterday. I came home and had a complete meltdown on my husband. My mother in law is staying with us to care for both my husband and I, as my husband is a quadriplegic and I'm laid up. I hate relying on people and i lack a lot of patience. People use to tell me this was patience enduring. I'm more mad then ever, and i shouldn't be, but I'm mad at God. It's really not His fault though. I fell asleep at the wheel in 2010 and caused ALL this crap to myself, but I often ask God, why am I still paying for that years and years later. There's a a reason, I just don't know. I may never know.

My words to you, is keep the faith. If anything has gotten me this far, it's my faith, wavering as it is. And the prayers from many many people. I almost died in that wreck in 2010. I had lost a lot of blood from an internal injury and was put in the ICU with multiple blood transfusions. I came out and the only thing that stays with me, painful as it is, is my ankle. It could have been worse, I could have died. So I try and look for the positives.

I'll pray for you! Give you hugs ((HUGS)):wave:

Stay strong.

p.s. I don't have any suggestions on surgery. I didn't have a choice in any of my four. I've been in pain since 2010. Each surgery PROMISED a pain free life after.....they lie. And look, 4 weeks post op, and see, STILL PAIN. But maybe there's hope!





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