Ankle sprain after ligament repair
I had the brostrom and evans (tendon transfer) repair of my ankle ligaments done March 2004. Today I was carrying some stuff down the stairs and thought I was one step closer to the bottom than I actually was. I went to step onto what I thought was the floor and actually misstepped onto the bottom step and fell down. Sprained the ankle that I'd had repaired...
I don't think that I tore the repair, but it's hard to tell. I think that the sprain was more of a flexion than an inversion, because the repair prevented the inversion. I've got pain more towards the front of the ankle than the side. It hurt a lot, though, so I went to urgent care, hoping that they would be able to tell me if I'd really messed things up. X-rays didn't show any breaks (although I got to see the hole they drilled in my fibula, which was fun). The doc didn't really check anything else on the ankle. Just felt for pulses and reflexes, but didn't do any range of motion or strength or anything like that. He said it was just a sprain and that there would be no way to tell if I'd damaged the repair without an MRI. Can't see the surgeon since I've moved across the country since then... I guess the plan will just be to baby it for a few weeks and then see an orthopedic guy if it doesn't get better. ARGH!
Anyway, has anybody else sprained their ankle after having a surgical repair? Any opinions?