Ankle problems!

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Hi, 

I have recently had an x-Ray and MRI on my ankle. The results show an old fracture in my ankle (which I didn't know I had as I assumed it was torn ligaments and has now healed), bony spur at front of ankle, mild-moderate arthritis, cartilage damage, ligaments full of fluid and over-stetched, cluster of cysts in back of ankle and a cyst in the ankle bone. Consultant has suggested surgery (brostrum-gould) would fix the ligament but may make the arthritis pain worse. I am a 42 yr old dance teacher and not quite ready to retire from my dance career just yet. He says that if I continue as I am (a fairly hectic teaching schedule and chidlrens parties jumping around on my ankle, which is very painful & I have to wear an ankle brace all of the time) the arthritis will continue to get worse. What should I do!!!!!! My friend is having pioneering stem cell surgery on her knee to re-grow her cartilage, is this something that can be done for the ankle? Has anyone had brostum-gould surgery and re-gained full sporting activity? My consultant says only 50-60% chance? I am fed up of wearing a brace and being in Pain!!! Any comments and suggestions would be welcomed  x xx

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    I had a brostrum in August, if I am honest up until a couple of months ago I wondered why then it suddenly came right. I fell a few weeks ago and am back in the boot for a couple of weeks, but that was my fault. (Damaged a ligament on the other side!) 

    If you have it done take your 6 weeks NWB seriously and do everything they tell you. The Physio said you get out of it what you put in and they were right. Swimming was really helpful 

    My point (eventually) when I hurt the other ligament it made me realise I had enjoyed time with no pain, and am now determined to get back there again.

    good Luck 

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      Thanks so much for your comments. It is such a big decision knowing that I won't be able to work for 6 months and I was feeling like what's the point of I'm still gonna be in pain & not be able to get back to dancing so thank you for giving me a positive story!!
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    Hi Diane i am a 50 year old woman who had a brostrum-gould operation last july i was also told i could develop arthitis in my ankle but after rolling my ankle repeatedly over 6 years i decided to have the op i am now back to mostly full health not saying i could run a marathon but my ankle is the best it has been in years was a long healing time and sometimes thought had i done the right thing but now i no i made the right choice i also wore a brace for months but now im free of the brace for good believe me diane you have nothing to loose i was in awful pain before but i am not any more i am on my feet all day long at work yes i do have my moments sometimes with achyness in my ankle but nothing like it was before my consultant said i either live in a brace for the rest of my life or have the op def was the best desicion i made hope this makes your mind up good luck with every thing
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      Hi Allison, thank you so much for your comments. That has definitely helped to make me feel more positive about the outcome after surgery! To be honest I think the consultant was giving me all of the worse case scenarios!!! But it definitely helps speaking to people that have had it done so thank you so much for taking the time to comment. 😊
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      Hi, Ive seen you have posted about ankle ligament reconstruction, I had the surgery 3 months ago, deltoid repair and lateral, I am still getting pain when I try squat/dorsiflexion pain on the top of my foot on front. did you have similar and what time frame was you when pain sort of stopped please?

      Thanks

      Tom

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