Ankle arthritis story
HI, thought I'd say hello and give a short summary of my story. I had a pretty bad injury to my ankle in Dec '21 while rock climbing. Spent months in a cast (thank god no external cage), boot, then rehabilitating my ankle to walk and it seemed to have healed well by last summer. Over the course of some weeks at the start of autumn, I had increasing joint stiffness and pain, and in October my surgeon found end stage arthritis by x-ray. I had been warned that with my type of injury and because my foot was in early stages of necrosis by the time I got to A&E, that I would be very likely to develop post-traumatic arthritis or AVN anytime from a year post injury to 15+ years after. At the time, I'd just imagined that I would have longer (had a bit of denial about the gravity of my injury) and was not fully prepared for arthritis to develop so quickly. My GP had also thought I was being a bit dumb and stated that arthritis is only a problem 45+ years old when I raised it back in October. Anyway.. I've been slowly acclimatising, I think would be a good word for it, and learning more about conservative treatment of arthritis. Seems ankle fusion surgery will be a good bet at some point but I'm not ready to go through another surgery just yet and plan to hold off on it at least 'till I finish uni.
Phew.. that was a lot to write.
If you read this maybe you also live with ankle arthritis or will have experienced something similar (I know most ankle arthritis is caused by an injury of some kind). Get in touch it would be nice to speak to someone who knows what it's like.
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