Ankle Injury fracture fragment

I am a 33 year old male who fractured my ankle/leg about 10 years ago. At that time the bones were set without surgery and my leg was placed in a cast for several weeks. The leg really never went back to normal. Recently the pain has been getting worse. I went to an orthepedic surgeon who took x-rays and then sent me for a CT scan.

Currently most of the pain is on the ouside top of the foot where it meets the ankle just in front and above the ankle joint. (in the tender soft area)

On my follow up visit the doctor suggested that I get some supports for my shoes with a 1/4" wedge on the inside of the left foot. He didn't surgery is a vialble option.

Here are the conclusions from the radiology report

1. There is a 2 x 2.5 CM ossicle associated with the distal lateral aspect of the tibia, and available evidence indicates that this is an ununited fracture fragment

2. There is an unusually prominent linear trabecular pattern within each talus and it is described above.

3. The examination revals a normal appearance of the subtalar joints.

A picutre of the ankle fracture can be found at shankomatic.com/leftankle.jpg

Can anyone offer any advice. So you think surgery would be a major benifit or should I stick to the supports. I am not really sure if the collapse in ankle is from the fracture fragment or if it is collapsing. My mother has the same collapsing problem and at age 65 she can hardly walk.

Any help is appreciated.


Posted By Mark on September 24, 2004 at 16:05:52:

The Shin Splint Compression Wrap applies gentle pressure on soft tissue next to the tibia (shin bone), helping prevent additional tearing of the soft tissue away from the tibia. Compression not only reduces additional damage, it alleviates pain and enhances the healing process.

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