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I broke my ankle 8 years ago but since then I have not had any problems with instability and I do just fine in running and dance.
I started having peroneal tendon problems 6 months ago because I was recommended a pair of high arch supports at a running store that forced my foot onto the outer edges. It wasn't painful and I kept running on it for a long time.
I recently saw an orthopaedist and got an MRI and ultrasounds but the results seem to be conflicting. The MRI shows I have a tear in the peroneal brevis and the ultrasound says it's only tenosynovitis.
My ATFL must have been torn from my previous fracture but a physical therapist mentioned to me that there is no need for surgery unless you have chronic instability.
I'm afraid my surgeon rushed into the decision to repair my ATFL and the peroneal tendons in one surgery even though it might not be necessary.
I'm 25 years old and my job is fairly active so my life and source of income would be affected if I made the wrong decision.
So far the plan the surgeon has told me involved a Brostrom Gould and a peroneal tendon repair and the post-op plan would be 2 weeks NWB and 4 weeks in a boot. It doesn't sound too terrible but from what I've read online it seems like the recovery can be quite long and can cause complications that lead to more surgeries.
Has anyone ever considered ATLF ligament repair and did you get the surgery as a preventive measure or because it was causing you problems? The doctor also mentioned if I don't get the surgery now I would have more problems later and require a more invasive surgery which scared me and now I'm leaning towards just doing it to get it over with.
For people who have had experiences with ankle injury, do you think it would be a good idea to get ATFL repair on an ankle when I generally have full function and good balance or should I talk to the surgeon and say I only want my tendons repaired and not the ligaments?
Thanks for your help! This would be my first surgery so I'm having a lot of anxiety.
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