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    Old 08-27-2004, 08:33 PM   #1
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    Small tear in Posterior Talofibular ligament

    I have posted a while back about my ankle problems. I broke my leg a year ago and it healed fine after surgery, but my ankle never stopped hurting. I would have problems with my ankle locking up or giving out. I would twist my ankle a lot. I would also get sharp pains. One doctor kept telling me that it takes a long time to heal. He did send me to PT, but it did not help. It actually hurt it more. I went for a second opinion a couple of months back. He sent my for a CT scan and MRI. He told me that the tests only showed arthritis. He told me to get a cortisone shot and I refused. I recently twisted my ankle again and decided to go back to see my first doctor. I wanted to talk to him about taking the plate out. I picked up my CT and MRI to take them to my other doctor. I decided to read the reports and the MRI showed a small tear in the Posterior Talofibular ligament. He never said anything about it. It seems to me that is what is causing the pain. I do not know why he would not tell me. What is the treatment for this? How long does it take to fully heal? It has been a year since my original injury and it never got better. Any advice would be appreciated, since I am not going to my other doctor for a couple of weeks.

     
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    Old 08-28-2004, 04:03 PM   #2
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    Re: Small tear in Posterior Talofibular ligament

    If you tore the ligament a year ago, it probably isn't going to heal on its own. You could look into getting surgery to fix it. This will help stabilize the ankle so it doesn't go out on you, but it may or may not help with chronic pain. If your main problem is pain and not instability, I would try the cortizone shot first. The recovery from the surgery is long and painful. Certainly worth it get an ankle that isn't going to flop all over the place on you, but not something to take lightly. Good luck.

     
    Old 08-29-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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    Re: Small tear in Posterior Talofibular ligament

    I would ask your doc your currently seeing who didn't read your results to you originally. Maybe there is another specialist in your area. Ligaments in the ankle can easily become unstable. I hope you get the answers you need. Are you seeing and ankle specialist?

     
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