I didn't see any replies to your post; I am sorry you are waiting so long for some support. Another injury is really depressing; especially when you know how much work it took you to recover the last time. I hope that you are feeling much better now that you have had another month or so of RICE. Is the pain significantly reduced? Have you gotten some further explanation from the doc's regarding their interpretation of the lesions on the MRI and what THEY think should be done about it? MANY cases are non-surgical, and since you are such a compliant patient, I could see that you may be having good success with continued RICE and PT.
The good news is that no matter what, ankle surgery has come a long way. Even though it is a long and painful process on a weight bearing joint, our ankles are poorly designed and surgery can eventually make you much stronger and less prone to injury in the long run.
I have a very damaged ankle and I wish I could have surgery that would stabilize it or diminish the pain but my condition causes amplified reactions to injury and a surgery on that scale would ruin me...
I hope very much that by now you are looking back on the injury from last month and are no longer suffering. If you are still on crutches or will need to use them again for a surgery, I recommend checking out mobilegs. They can significantly reduce the wear and tear in your back, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands- while offering improved stability and maneuverability. I have been using crutches as needed for 9 years and consistently for 3. I recently switched over to this new style because I was experiencing severe shoulder pain. You may not have any problem with the regular style at all but I figured it could be good to know.
Best of luck- hope you are all better now & let me know if I can be of any help