I am 30 years old. Five years ago I suffered a broken ankle. I had pins, screws and a plate attached and one year later had them all removed in two operations and was told that all went well. I have experienced regular mild pain since and only severe pain after very strenuous activity. I reported this to my doctor and was told that it was to be expected when I pushed my ankle too far. My ankle always recovered after a few days rest. Everything changed this year. I started a job where i stood up most of the time, as apposed to my previous mainly seated job. For the past nine months since I started that job I have had severe pain everyday. I can barely put weight on it in the mornings after sleep and any time after sitting. The rest of the time I hobble about in severe pain. I also have barely any up and down movement in the ankle. After a three month wait I finally got to see an orthapaedic doctor in Melbourne (where I live) who specialises in ankles. He told me I have basically no cartilage left in my ankle and my only option was to have an ankle fusion. After researching this and other options I found that this operation leaves you with extremely limited mobility and leads to further ops in the future as a result of pressure on the other joints. What are my options? Is ankle reconstruction an option for me? Or cartilage regeneration? Or anything non-operative? Please, any advice would be wonderful. I feel that ankle fusion is not an option for a formerly active 30 year old.
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No ankle cartilage. Help!