The reason you are still having pain after surgery is; the surgery itself was to repair the damage done to your ankle to more or less put it back to its original form. Any time a person has an injury to a part of the body that area becomes weak, leaving that area more prone to further injury. That is something no dr can fix. It is very common to have continued pain after an injury or even after surgery to help correct the problem. That is just plain body mechanics. Your ankle will never be the same again because it has been damaged. If you will remember at the time of your surgery, your consent forms stated surgery was not a 100% success rate. Maybe being up on your feet too long has caused the ankle to become inflamed, many things could have happened. You did not mention if any hardware was used in your surgery, but if you have hardware in that ankle you will always have pain with it. The body does not always accept foreign materials put in that did not come with it in the beginning.
You can also develope arthritis because of this injury. Hopefully the injection will kick in and bring you relief. Susie
I sympathize with you, most of us here have had surgery or injuries that we thought once treated would be fixed. Unfortunately, its not always the case, some people have surgery heal and move on with no side effects, however, more people seem to end up with permanent issues!
I was like you, I thought after Cervical Fusion surgery I would be back to normal soon after. It didn't turn out that way. I never give up hope though and do try different treatments in an effort to reduce the pain.
I hope the injections help! Everyone has given valid info and advice!
Dani made a great recommendation with Arnica, there is an even better preparation called Traumeel or Traumed that has a few more homeopathic ingredients one is Hypericum which helps ease nerve pain!
Many times when hardware is used in surgery the end result is alot of pain afterwards. A good friend of mine stepped in a hole in a friends yard and pretty much had a crushing type injury to her ankle. Her ankle was a mess. But, she had an excellent surgeon and as far as the surgery went everything went fine. Two yrs postop the pain would not stop. End result was having the hardware removed before she felt any relief. Mind you, after the removal of hardware she still had pain but less. Trying to trick the body into accepting something that was not there originally is a very difficult at best.
No one here can say whether or not your dr missed anything. If you are thinking along those lines get yourself a second opinion. Get your surgery records and any others relating to this and see what another dr thinks. It never hurts to get a second opinion.
But again, remember what I said previously, no surgery is 100% pain free afterwards, especially involving bones and joints. That ankle will always be weak as a result of the trauma it sustained in this injury, surgery was simply to fix the problem and pain afterwards many times is part of the end result. Since your dr feels you have inflammation going on in there, that can be the culprit of the pain. The injection may settle all of this down-but at some point later on it may flare up again. No one can tell you for sure. Another thought is what kind of shoes you are now wearing after having this surgery, is there some way you may have twisted the ankle a little without realizing it at the time, the list could go on and on of what if.
When are you suppose to go back and see your dr? How long did he say it would take for the foot to settle down? How long has the pain been there, ever since surgery or what? Is the pain constant and how severe? Another thing to try is soaking your foot in warm Epsom Salts, alot of times that can help. Good luck. Susie
Thank you for replying. If the cortisone injection doesn't work in about a week or so, then I would have to go back and see him. I had ankle surgery last April (2008), and I started feeling pain about March (2009) and it is a dull, achy pain. The pain came about as I did more jogging and playing sports as Spring had arrived. So maybe I overdue exercising as times. I also work out on the Total Gym.
Well, I think you just answered your question about the onset of pain. Jogging puts an enormous amount of stress and strain on a healthy joint which is something you do not have. I would visit with my dr and discuss the sports and exercises you are interested in and make sure they are something within reason to be doing with that ankle. If nothing else, call and speak with his nurse and get her to run things by the dr. I do not know if swelling is an issue for you or not, but icing that ankle down on a regular basis may help too, especially after doing something strenuous with your ankle, it may help keep further inflammation down. I think you now have an idea as to what to expect in the future.
Take care of that ankle and keep us posted on how you are coming along. Susie
I hope these injections give you some form of relief........ The bruising, I don't know it thats normal. My hubby has had many of them and has never bruised. But then the ankle or foot has less muscle mass to deal with.
Thank you for replying. I noticed the discoloration at the injection site a couple of days after I got my cortisone injection. My ankle also looks like it is a little bruised near the injection site. Is this normal?