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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures
Question: 1 year post injury, ankle instability
|tcpuccio1 - Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:11 am||
I have a question. In June of 2007 I tripped down a flight of stairs and bad bone bruising/stress fractures to the talus and cubiod bones in my left foot. When it first happened It was diagnosed as a bruise/moderate sparin and i wound up walking on it for a month before the root cause was found via an MRI. I was in 2 casts for 7.5 weeks and had PT for a month after wards. My ankle has never felt 100% after this injury and in the past month or so I have had a few instances where my ankle "twists" really easy and wants to buckle. I don't have much pain after these "twisting" events but there is a dull underlying pain on the inside of my leg in the ankle joint it's self just below and forward of the bump in the bone . Also is the joint is torqued the pain is a bit more noticable. I know after any kind of joint injury it's never 100% again but I'm afaid I'm going to twist it again and not be able to catch my self and wind of breaking in. I'm a 39 year old male non smoker in VERY good health just looking for some advice.
|John Kenyon, CNA - Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:43 pm||
Some part of the ankle mechanics isn't working properly. While this may be unavoidable, I can't help but thinking there is some injury or perhaps rupture of a ligament or tendon down there, that's allowing this to happen. Since it would be an old or maybe even progressive injury, that would explain it's not announcing itself before it buckles. I'd definitely have it looked at by an orthopedist to see if there's anything that can be done to set things right, since it's true that if this keeps happening it increases the risk of a re-break or some other related injury due to a twist or resultant fall. No point in going through that if you don't have to, and I strongly suspect you don't. This sounds fixable.
Best of luck to you. Please keep us updated.
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