Torn ankle ligament

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I suffered a bad ankle sprain 1.5 years ago. I tore upper outer and inner ligaments. Most of this seems to have healed ok but I am still having pain on my outter ankle and now bottom of my foot. I just recently had a second MRI done and am waiting to discuss the results with my doctor. One question I have though (thought I would see if anyone here knows). 

My first mri said I have a subacute tear of the calcaneofibular ligament and now second MRI says I have a chronic tear of the calcaneofibular ligament (it appears all the others are now ok). I am guessing this means this ligament never healed and is still torn? If so does anyone know do they fix this? I do have an appointment in 2 weeks to see my gp for follow up but I was hoping maybe someone would have gone through something like this and knows maybe what I should expect?

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    Hi Misty, 

    Seems to me that if it is chronic then surgery might be the answer if you are still experiencing pain. I had similar injury and it was never found (the tears) so yes walking on it does make it worse. See what your doc gives you for options. Hopefully you won't need the surgery.

    I had mine repair done in November of '17 and still feeling it quite a bit. Mostly when walking at this point .

    I'm sure others will chime in with their experiences!


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    Hi Misty, I suffered a complete tear in one of my ankle ligaments. I ended up having an ankle stabilisation. Which was deemed successful. However, during the op they decided to shave my cartlidge and because of that, I have struggled to walk. BUT that is purely cartlidge related. Not because of the stabilisation.
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    I had a ligament repair in 2009 and after twisting again last year I will be having it redone in July, this time with an arthrex internal ankle brace.  
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    Thanks for the replies.  I’m hoping I can get refered back to the specialist and hopefully they will offer surgery.  It’s been so long and such a fight to even get the second mri.  Mine is a wcb case (like an insurance company) so they keep saying I’m fine because it’s stable...but it’s been stable since I injured it so that really hasn’t gotten better. 

    I also thought I had nerve damage because of the pain under my foot and it goes numb but turns out I now have a bone spur sad.   I just want it all fixed lol

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    My advice is to not knee-jerk react to your problem and demand surgery. Not all ligament damage and other soft tissue trauma needs surgery. Even at this late stage you might get success from a good ankle rehab program.

    Your GP may or may not have the expertise to accurately diagnose your problem. That is often left to specialists who will interpret diagnostic tools like MRIs and ultrasound imaging as well as use their training and background.

    Also, there are non-surgical alternatives that may be worth trying first, such as PRP, prolotherapy, stem cell therapy, and PEMF.

    Surgery is appealing because it may seem like an easy fix, but it always comes with some risk, and is not with guaranteed results.


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