Greetings. I am new to this forum, as I discovered it across a search engine in hopes to find a cure for my problem. I hope this forum is still alive.
Last year (october 2, 2005) I crashed my motorcycle coming onto an offramp going about ~40mph. I was thrown off my bike and my left leg got caught on the guardrail while my body went over it. I was in shock and did not feel much of the pain until after the paramedics arrived. They airlifted me to the nearest hospital and from there I was unconcious for 10 days in intensive care unit.
I have been through a lot since that day, almost 2 months in the hospital overgoing more than 10 surgeries which included skin grafts. I broke all 3 bones in my left leg: the tibia, femur, and fibula. I now have 2 titanium rods in my leg. I have since then recieved severe nerve damage to almost my entire leg from my knee down.
I have been through more than 10 months of rehabilitation and physical therapy and was treated for post-traumatic depression.
Sorry for the story, just wanted you all to know a little background information before describing my condition.
My leg has gotten a lot better, I am 100% weight berring but it still hurts! The main causes of my pain are: my ankle and my foot.
My ankle does not seem to want to bend in certain ways and I have absolutely no control over my toes or moving my ankle in almost every direction. I have read posts here about foot drop and I am experiencing that now.
My foot however, is the most bothersome. Around my entire foot, top and bottom, I have tingly sensations that are painful at times when something touches it suddenly. My foot likes to curve inward and I cannot control that "fixed" stationary resting position. I cannot move my toes or do "heel raises".
I have extensive skin grafts around about 80% of my lower leg (knee down) and a very large surgical incision across the outside of my left leg. Along that incision I sometimes have painful sensations, every once in awhile. If that area is touched or suddenly touched like my foot, it also becomes very painful.
When I walk (with an ankle-foot orthosis of course) there's an area outside of my left foot (there's a bone there) that sticks out and it hurts when I walk. Since my ankle causes my foot to curve inwards, it feels like im putting all my weight on that bone. I searched that bone and I found it is the (5th) metatarsais. I don't know if this exposure is caused by the compression garment I am wearing to keep down swelling, but it sure is painful.
Please help any way you can. Any comments welcome. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my condition and dilemma=)
Contact Washington University Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. Dr Susan Mackinnon there specializes in repairing nerve damage in arms and legs. Patients come from all around the world to have her repair their limbs.