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My feet cramp up real bad almost in half, midway thru a step my right foot cramped up and when i put my foot down my foot just rolled. Went to the ER and after xrays the Dr states i had a really ugly area on my ankle but the Radiologist said possible hairline fracture, the Dr told me he was in disagreement but put me in a aircast ( he felt more was injured) and told me to wear it 7 days after 7 days if i still had pain or issues I needed to get another x-ray. I waited 2 1/2 weeks before getting a x=ray at a after hours urgent care facility that is connected to a mini hospital. The doc came in and said she pulled up my xrays from the hospital and thought i was going to end up needing a mri to look for tissue damage but was going to do xrays as a precaution
Imagine my surprise when the doc pulls up a chair next to her computer and asked me to come have a seat. Clear as day on the xray it showed 2 broken bones, bone chip and tendons that were ripped from the bone.. At 8 am i receive a call from a orthopedic surgeon stating I needed to be seen today. Ok this freaks me out. If i require surgery i am fired from my job, no FLMA left due to lower back surgery within the year. I can deal with a cast but not surgery. My body has been thru enough. 8 surgeries on my spine and Im done. Anyone else had this type of injury and what were the results. I cant stand the suspense between now and my appt this afternoon. Avulsion fracture of lateral malleolus, left closed with malunion., bone chip along with torn tendon from the bone.


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    edited 03/19/2014 - 10:44 AM
    Wow Susan,
    You had to endure a lot of pain with that going on. Then the suspense of the waiting game, add on possibly your career at stake. It can never be easy, can it?
    Take care and hope all gets better real soon.
  • Susan I had a friend who this happened to, and not to alarm you, well I guess to alarm you a bit, but because she didn't get treated when she was supposed to, it ended up permanent and she can hardly walk now. It is awful for her and people have stopped asking her out - bit like spine really as she can't walk and it is really difficult to take her out. She is such a great person but it has really effected her life.

    I know your body has been through so much but her family is full of Drs and it just didn't heal properly as she ignored it for so long. She owns one of the largest wholesale business in her field and has heaps of money but that's no good if you can't walk.

    It just keeps going for you, I am so sorry but I really think you should have a look at the pros and cons of the operation. Like your spine, your feet are incredibly important and would hate to see what happened to her happened to you. She had the best specialists in Australia and is still in pain every day as she ignored it at first and kept walking on it.

    Even if you have the operation you should still be able to walk with crutches, or even use a wheelchair to get around and go to your job. The surgery won't be anything like spine surgery.

    I went to work when I broke my ankle on two separate occasions - used crutches and was really careful with the cast. So as it's not as major as spine I think you could still work. Just try and elevate your foot at work. They gave me a car space really close in so I didn't have to hobble up many stairs.

    It's not going to heal on it's own - it will get much worse over time if you ignore it then you'll be in a worse position than you are now, as you will have to give up work anyway but with pain as well.

    It's just my opinion but please look at surgery. They should let you go back after a couple of days hopefully - your work should be able to manage that. It would cost them more to hire someone else especially if you know your job back to front, they won't want to train anyone else who will take twice as long as you to do the work.

    I don't think you really have an option but tell your surgeon you need to go back to work ASAP . I am so glad I didn't ignore mine - I didn't as I saw what happened to my friend. There has to be a solution but please think really carefully before you knock back an operation. If I was in your shoes I would have it, honestly after spine everything else is a breeze. Is there anyway you can work from home??

    Please consider it and it'll be a walk in the park compared to your other surgeries I think. It will just keep getting worse. Don't let it. it shoudln't put you off work for very long.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    First off the tendon is not torn off it is just pulled away from the bone but still connected. The fractures already show signs of healing and calcification. He wanted to put me in a cast but was concerned with how miserable I would be due to all my spine surgeries and the issues i still have with that., with a cast ( the weight of one) at a 90 degree angle, requiring crutches of course for 6 to 8 weeks. So this is the plan. He put me in a boot that might as well be a cast, my foot cannot move at all. Next Sat. I will have a MRI and xray to see if there is any improvement. If no improvement then I have to go to the cast for 6 to 8 weeks. If no improvement within the 6 to 8 weeks then surgery. So everyone pray this works
  • Happy you got it resolved hopefully.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I received a call from the after hours care facility and they had my xray re-read. another 6 mm avulsion fracture was found. They sent it to the surgeon and I am suppose to call first thing this morning.
    I knew when it happened it was not good. I swear I heard 2o bones crack and hurt well i wont even go there
  • This Susan, I know you have been thru so much with the infection. Now this please keep us posted. I understand all to well how things never go my way. I had to have c6 & c7 removed on 3/11/14 from the back of my neck. This is from a PCF I had on 8/8/13 when I had a PCF surgery. I have my stitches removed on 3/27/14, it was so painful having 2 spinous process poking thru my skin. I will be thinking of you!!!
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • susabell said:
    This Susan, I know you have been thru so much with the infection. Now this please keep us posted. I understand all to well how things never go my way. I had to have c6 & c7 removed on 3/11/14 from the back of my neck. This is from a PCF I had on 8/8/13 when I had a PCF surgery. I have my stitches removed on 3/27/14, it was so painful having 2 spinous process poking thru my skin. I will be thinking of you!!!
    (sorry ya went through that Susabell. I had my first surgery on july 2nd for my c6/7. that healed but I still had a really bad herniation in my c2/3 3/4 and c4/5. my c3/4 and 4/5 had indented my thecal sac slightly, but I also had forminal stenosis in my left and right nerve root in my c3/4 and 4/5 which resulted in surgery. I had that herniation which calcified but apparently moved more dispite that from what my ortho surgeon said. He was a outstanding doctor which I wish worked down here...he actually sat with you and discussed what needed to be done in his best guess and never pushed for surgery until it was needed. Given I had that particular herniation a long time and it didnt improve, i tried physical therapy twice..went through epidural shots a few times with no relief in those 2 areas so he did the surgery...the worst part now is the bone spurts and constant pain i got but its nothing compared to what I was dealing with beforehand. I got a bad back also with alot of issues but can't get it fixed till I lose a bit more weight, but I am working on that..glad I lost weight.. Hopefully ya wont need to deal with anymore surgeries they arent fun but atleast it does help preventing further damage
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