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Triple arthrodesis surgery

01/26/2010

Question:

Hello Dr. I had triple arthrodesis surgery on 09/11/09. I am now 4 months pot op and I am still unable to walk normally I tend to walk on the side of my foot. is this a normal part of recovery? and if so how long typically does it take to be able to walk with my foot flat? I am also unable to place my foot in the correct position to walk down stairs. please help?

Answer:

Post op recovery differs from person to person and will also depend on the severity of the condition that warranted a triple arthrodesis in your case. Generally speaking walking on the side of your foot may be your way of placing your foot in a more stable position and may over time lessen. This type of foot surgery will change the way you walk but should be more stable and comfortable than where you started. If you are not currently doing some type of physical therapy this may be advisable. Check with your surgeon to be sure.

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Response by:

Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University