Severe ankle pain

by Cinzia
(London UK)

Hi, I had a car accident at the age of 15 and destroyed my right ankle. It was kind of put back together after a series of surgeries. Now almost 20 years later I am suffering some severe pain. I have been told that the only way to stop this is by having an ankle fusion.

I have been reading up on it and I am totally against it. Not sure what to do and besides the suffering I am very conscious about the way I look as it is affecting my walk too. I am only 44 and very active but this unfortunate situation is turning my life into hell. Any suggestions?
Thank you.

Hello Cinzia,
Could you get a copy of the xray? There are two kinds.

1. On plain film which you can photograph with your digital camera and then it's very easy to send to contact as a jpeg. With the flash off.

2. In a digital format you can also get them off the CD but may be more difficult if you are not a computer boff. Get help.

The films will give me an idea of what we are dealing with. Yes, a fusion is to be avoided if you can. Sometimes that, or an orthotic are the only options.

What treatment have you had? I suggest you contact the British chiropractic association and ask for the names of FICS trained chiros in your area. That's a post graduate sports course.

Let's start with the pictures, and copy of the report please.

Dr B

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