What to do with an arthritic ankle…

I’ve been reading, and doing some research on what bright features lay head for me and my left ankle. 

I found a nice article which I put a link to below. It Talks about some of the upsides of ankle fusion and how normal life can be after,  so I encourage anybody with the fear of thier arthritis to read and find some hope in the fact that a fused ankle can be still very functional foot.  🙂 

http://www.healio.com/orthopedics/arthritis/news/print/orthopedics-today/%7Baff49ca8-7902-4f10-83b2-f0121c496af3%7D/experts-discuss-what-to-expect-after-ankle-surgery

Arizona AFO brace to the rescue

I saw a specialist who suggested an Arizona brace. The one they made for me didn’t really fit well. (word to the wise, get the brace sized/made by a clinic who specializes in this and does not make knock-off generic versions in-house)

i have been using this brace with some heel-lift insert and a size 12 shoe (my right foot is a 10) and aside from being a little embarrassed to have one big fat darth vader foot, I get around waaaaaay better than before.

I am getting a new Arizona AFO made (out of pocket $800) because i found a better clinic and a better technician who told me about AZ Breeze material. Its not as durable bt its lighter, thinner, and breathable

This made walking amazing again! (some pain and no ROM but who cares?!)

This made walking amazing again! (some pain and no ROM but who cares?!)

Size 12 left shoe with liner cut out to fit the first AFO brace

Size 12 left shoe with liner cut out to fit the first AFO brace

big black brace- needed way more plantarflexion built in

big black brace- needed way more plantarflexion built in- getting new one soon

I can not stand flat footed with my feet together. If i put my feet together i have to left heel an inch.

I can not stand flat footed with my feet together. If i put my feet together i have to lift my left heel an inch.

I stick these 2 heel lifts together to get the plantar flexion i need (inside the brace) the next brace will be flexed way more

I stick these 2 heel lifts together to get the plantar flexion i need (inside the brace) the next brace will be flexed way more