I injured my ankle 2 years ago, and had a nightmare with the nhs getting it treated, to the point where I paid privately to have MRI, and then arthroscopy. It did then improve a bit but continued to be swollen, stiff and painful when I try to walk any distance!
After being nagged by friends and family I went back to the doctor who referred me again - this time the nhs have been great, but I had the diagnosis of arthritis- pretty scary, and unexpected. Also very unexpected was the treatment - you can have steroid injections but ultimately you will need it fused! And I was expected to choose there and then. I went with the short term injection option for now. Which I had today.
My dilemma is, should I get the ankle fusion now while I can still get around (albeit I have to rest relatively frequently and start finding it too painful to continue after a mile or so, and I do teach and am therefore on my feet for most of the day). Or do I make do with steroid injections for as long as possible? I'd like to know others experiences.
Where can I find others experiences of ankle fusion?
Hope you can help.