Don't want surgery - too busy and scared. Any advice?
I need someone to talk me into doing what I should do to get better. I slipped and fell in the parking lot at work in August 07. I twisted/rolled my ankle outward. I went to the company nurse, who gave little advice, and said it would take several months for it to be back to normal. Well, I waited too long, and put up with pain, swelling, and developed a permanent limp in that time. I have 2 young kids in sports, so I got busy and put off taking the time to find out what was really wrong with me.
In January, I finally saw my family doctor, got x-rays and an MRI. Then finally got into a Ortho Surgeon (Ankle specialist) in April. He said I had a small tendon tear, and several other problems. He gave me a Aircast boot for 4 weeks to see if that would help. I found that it hurt just as much to have my ankle forced back into the correct alignment in the boot, that I didn't wear it as much as I should have. When I went back at 4 weeks, he gave me the option of a brace and shoe orthotic, or having surgery. I didn't see how the brace would really heal anything, especially since the walking boot didn't. After he explained the surgery, and talked about 3 months of down time, I told him I would try the brace/orthotic option. I didn't go get them fitted, and now I'm dealing with good days, when I am at my desk working much of the day. Then I have the bad days, when I'm trying to keep up with my kids, and get them to baseball, while marching through uneven fields of grass without falling. I pay for it the next day by being unable to walk much at all.
Basically, I'm walking on the outer side of my left foot, and scrunch my toes under when walking. Here is what they want to do: Posterior tibialis tendon repair, possible excision of the accessory navicular with FDL tendon transfer, and possible medial displacement calcaneal osteotomy.
Should I try the Aircast boot again for 4-6 weeks, and actually wear it all the time? Should I try another doctor, as I was wondering why this one never mentioned doing physical therapy when he prescribed the brace/orthotic option? Should I just go ahead with surgery and quit putting off the inevitable? I've gained weight since this happened, and tend to avoid situations because of the walking involved. I don't want to continue on this path either, and just keep ignoring it.
This is also complicated because of Workmen's Comp. claims. I don't want to do too little, then deal with bigger problems down the road.