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ankle Total ankle arthroplasty July 8, 2019

Discussion in 'Other Joints Forum' started by NewlyHip, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. Jamie

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    Nice video! Thanks so much for posting it. Seeing that visual will be a real boost for people who are facing ankle replacement and wondering what life will be like afterwards.

    Are you doing specific exercises to work on your range of motion?
     
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    Well done! But - ouch. I can see that hiking boots might be a bit uncomfortable since the ankle is still a bit swollen.

    Your ROM is great - especially so early out! Thanks for keeping us updated!
     
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    @Jamie I am not doing anything beyond trying to use the new ankle (carefully) as much as I can without the CAM boot. The one thing I want folks to know is that walking without the CAM boot is significantly more challenging and results in more swelling. The key for me has been to limit the CAM-boot-free walks to no more than about a hundred yards (91.44 meters for the UK folks).
     
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    That's great information about what is working for you, NewlyHip. Thanks!
     
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    Recovery update video.
     
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    Wow, I'm amazed at your quick recovery and progress. Thank you for sharing your video. I'm more convinced every day that I'm making the right decision to go ahead with my TAR surgery on Sept. 18th. Keep your reports coming!!
     
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    @robyn9690 Thanks, and you’re welcome. The recovery has been a pleasant surprise to say the least. Hope all goes equally well for you during and after your surgery!

    To give folks a bit of insight into my walk before surgery, I want to mention an unusual condition I was diagnosed with that was most likely caused by my arthritic ankle. The condition is known as Adhesive Capsulitis and normally affects a person’s shoulder area. In my case the affliction severely limited the range of motion in my hip area.

    The very competent physical therapist I consulted thought it was most likely that my body was trying to protect me from pain in the ankle area by essentially shutting down the function of my entire leg. This stiffness issue still exists but does seem to be very slowly improving now that I am able to use my ankle without pain.

    My PT fellow said he has come across the same condition in elite runners doing a hundred-plus miles per week. He said they would present with complaints similar to mine after they’d developed small calluses or corns that resulted in a change in their gait during runs. Their body then compensated to keep the runner’s foot from producing pain as the callus or corn hit the ground thousands of times on a run.
     
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    Great update video, Mark. Thanks also for the explanation of your adhesive capsulitis. I can see where that may have impacted your entire leg over time. Isn't it great that things are able to improve like this once your ankle could work properly again. The blessings of medical science and an excellent surgeon.
     
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    Wow - amazing progress @NewlyHip ! Thanks for the update. I am sure your experience will encourage members considering this surgery.
     
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