In some cases, individuals who have experienced an ankle fracture in a St. Louis car crash require ankle fusion surgery.
A car wreck can leave you with serious injuries and financial losses. Even seemingly minor injuries can have long term effects and may require extensive treatment and therapy. Some injuries may not even be visible or may not show any symptoms until hours or even days after the accident. However, when they actually show up, they may require urgent treatment.
One of the common injuries suffered in a car accident are fractures or bone breaks. There are various bones that are susceptible to a break in a high impact collision. The ankle may get fracture after it gets pinned under the dash of the car or due to the impact of the collision. If the fracture is serious enough, it may not heal properly or may develop arthritis. In some cases, ankle fusion surgery becomes necessary. This surgery is recommended in the following cases:
You may have suffered a severe ankle fracture in a car accident or a high-velocity fall. As a result of the fracture, the ankle may have never healed correctly or may have developed arthritis. Ankle fusion may be recommended if:
- your pain is so great that you are not able to continue working
- you are having issues with taking painkillers for so long
- your quality of life has deteriorated
About Ankle Fusion
An ankle fusion removes the articular cartilage from the surface of the ankle joint which allows the tibia to fuse with the talus. The bones literally grow together. A successful ankle fusion does not wear out like an artificial ankle — it should last a lifetime.
Ankle fusion surgery can be arthroscopic or open. Open ankle fusion takes less time in surgery, but more time to heal. Arthroscopic surgery has a higher percentage of achieving fusion. Because the positioning of the bones is so critical to a successful fusion and your future comfort level, you need to have the surgery performed by a surgeon who has performed many ankle fusions.
Potential Complications of Ankle Fusion
There are many complications associated with ankle fusion, including:
- nerve damage (could result in numbness in the foot)
- blood vessel damage (could lead to the need for amputation)
- infection (could require further surgery to drain the infection)
- nonunion (could require another surgery to perform a bone graft or additional fixation)
- malunion (could cause problems with walking and require another surgery to achieve a better position of healing)
Ankle Fusion Recovery
After surgery, a padded plaster cast is required for 8-12 weeks. It is vital to refrain from putting any weight on the foot until x-rays show that the bones are fusing.
Physical therapy may be needed to learn to walk smoothly, without a limp. Once the fusion is completely healed, some shoe modifications may be helpful. There are shoe inserts or rocker soles available that allow the foot to roll more normally.
Car Crash Attorneys St Louis
If you have suffered a broken ankle injury in a St. Louis car crash, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver the caused your accident. To ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to, it is important to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. Call us today at (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free and private consultation with an experienced automobile accident lawyer.