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Looking for info on subtalar fusion

Posted by jASON on 7/04/03 at 07:37 (123551)

I fell of a cliff broke my talus three years ago. They did not fuse me at that time. I have been pretty functional but am set in a state of vulgas and experience arthritis. I would like to be able to return to backpacking which is currently out of the question due to ease sprains and my difficulty with carrying weight. How would a subtalr fusion affect my ability to backpack? Would I be able to jog?

Re: Looking for info on subtalar fusion

Ed Davis, DPM on 7/04/03 at 11:18 (123575)


A subtalar joint fusion is often needed as a sequelae of a talar fracture that went into the joint and either caused deformity or traumatic arthritis. Such fusions do take a long time to heal and cannot be undone so do some serious research before moving forward. At times, a triple arthrodesis needs to be done instead. That involves a subtalar joint fusion along with a midtarsal joint fusion -- get a couple of oinions on that issue too.

Re: Dr. Ed: activity after subtalar fusion?

lee on 7/04/03 at 14:18 (123585)

Dr. Ed, I am also curious about the level of activity one would be capable of after a subtalar fusion. Would you be able to hike or jog?

Re: Dr. Ed: activity after subtalar fusion?

Ed Davis, DPM on 7/04/03 at 14:57 (123593)


Many are able to maintain a fairly high level of activity once the subtalar joint fusion heals, including jogging. One of the functions of that joint is shock absorbtion. I would pay careful attention to footwear after that procedure, favoring running shoes with good cushioning.