I had a nasty slip and fall over 6 years ago. I was taken to local hospital where a general orthopedists reconstructed fractures. After months of pain the hardware was removed and an MRI showed a non-union. I was immediately referred to ortho specializing in treatment of foot and anlke.
He performed surgery which included bone graph. This fall the original doctor who I have been seeing since the specialist released me ordered another MRI and said I had a sick and dying tendon but there was nothing he could do except a possilble ankle fussion. He had injected the area around tendon with steroids many times for pain relief and now after doing some research, I found that steroids can cause tendon damage. I went back to the ankle specialist and he said I my heel was out of line and I also needed tendon replacement. I had this done in March and let me tell you, that is a rough surgery and recovery! The good new is I believe the ankle is getting stronger. It will never be right, mind you, but any improvement will be a blessing.
Has anyone had anything similar? Could all of this have been avoided if the original doctor had known what he was doing in the first place? Should he have sent me to the specialist since it was such a bad injury?