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Find out why you might need subtalar fusion surgery for foot and ankle issues, and what to expect from the treatment
In such cases, it may be recommended that you have a subtalar fusion procedure where the joint is stabilised and fused so relieving pain from that joint.
A cut will be made on the outside of your ankle. The surgeon will then remove the surfaces of the subtalar joint, compress the joint, and the fix the bones in the correct position with two screws.
The wound will then be closed with stitches and the ankle placed in a plaster cast.
After the operation, you will not be able to put weight through your foot for two weeks. At two weeks, you will have your stitches removed and you will be placed in a light-weight cast.
Using crutches, for six weeks you can place about half your weight through this cast when walking.
At eight weeks after surgery, you will be placed in a removable boot to walk in for four more weeks and will be able to put all your weight through this boot.
At three months following surgery, you will be able to return to normal shoe wear. The swelling can take from six months to a year to completely resolve.