Total Ankle Replacement— My initial injury to my right ankle was a Talus fracture and a laceration that required nearly three hundred stitches suffered in a bicycle versus vehicle accident. In the years since, I have endured multiple surgeries and several different types of treatments, including Custom Insoles for my shoes, Physical Therapy, and Corticosteroids Injections, etc. Arthritis and Joint Degeneration continued to worsen to the point I could barely walk and I was NEVER without SEVERE pain!
My Left Foot— I have purposefully waited a year post surgery to share my experience with total ankle replacement performed by Dr. Selene Parekh on September 7, 2010. Here’s my brief story:
May 14, 2009 I went outside to water some flowers in my garden. I had just been released in April for reconstructive toe surgery so I was trying to be very protective of my left foot . I carefully placed it in a trenched out area to secure it while I leaned forward on my right foot to reach for my flowers. I lost my balance and fell over my left foot remaining in the trenched area. All I could hear was pop-pop-pop-pop. I tried to stand and realized my foot was not attached– I had broken my ankle completely (4 breaks) and the only thing holding it together was my skin. I crawled to my porch in tears and thus began 1 year of constant pain.
My first visit with Dr. Parekh was in late summer 2010, the pain in my left foot was so severe I was often in tears. I had been to three different doctors prior to Dr. Parekh, I had been in a “boot” for months and there was no improvement in my foot or my pain. With in minutes of seeing Tenaja Gay the PA, Dr Parekh came in and examined me, he said to Tenaja, I think you are right we have a “Charcot foot” . Dr. Parekh ordered some test and described to me what the situation was with my foot and where we would go from this point forward. He tried a couple of things while waiting for my foot to “cool off” to help with the pain and discomfort. In December 2010 Dr Parekh performed surgery on my foot. He put some plates and bone grafts in my foot and then a really fancy piece of hardware on top of my foot with some posts going down into my foot to hold it all in place. The pictures were impressive, Prada has nothing on Dr. Parekh. Things were moving along fairly well until about six weeks later, I noticed some drainage from the area of the incision.