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  • In August 2009 I was out of town for a wedding when I experienced excessive swelling in my lower legs, feet and ankles. This swelling was much worse on the left leg, foot and ankle. At the time I was not aware of any injury that would have caused this to happen. I contacted my regular physician while still out of town and she scheduled me for a venous Doppler ultrasound to ensure that was not experiencing any sort of blood clot due to the long travel time. These tests came back clear and I was instructed to stay off my feet entirely for a few days to see if the swelling subsided. The swelling did improve more on the right side than the left, and the left continued to swell in my ankle and foot periodically when I was on my feet a lot. I was also experiencing moderate pain and discomfort in the left ankle. By October when I returned to my regular physician for my annual physical, she commented that my left ankle 'did not look good' and she thought I needed to see an Orthopaedist. She referred me to one and he ordered an MRI. Based on the MRI scan, that physician indicated that he thought the best option was surgery. I was hesitant to jump right into surgery, and inquired about other possible treatments. He seemed pretty set on the surgery recommendation, indicating that he didn't believe any other treatments would benefit me. At that time, I decided to obtain a second opinion, and found Dr. Provider name locked. of Capital Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine on my insurer's Web site. I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Provider name locked. and took my MRI scans along for my initial consultation. Dr. Provider name locked. 's review of the MRI scans Provider name locked. him to the conclusion that I had extensive synovitis and potentially a peroneal tendon rupture. I explained to him my hesitation to jump right into surgery and asked him about other treatment options. He was open to this discussion and explained that I might eventually need to have surgery, but he was willing to try some other treatment options first to see if I would get some relief. We further discussed how I might have obtained this injury since it is not a very common injury, and to this day I am not really sure how it happened. After further thought I did recall twisting my ankle on some steps while I was attending this wedding, but I didn't really have any time to focus on my injury so I pretty much ignored it at the time as it didn't seem to be very severe. I explained to Dr. Provider name locked. that I had two vacations coming up and it was important to me that I be able to walk around and explore the places I was visiting. He put me on an anti-inflammatory medication and also gave me a corticosteroid injection to attempt to reduce the swelling. My ankle did not respond significantly to this approach, though I did manage to get a little bit of walking exploration in on my vacations. After my trips I returned to Dr. Provider name locked. to determine the next step. At this time, he indicated that his recommendation was for an open exploration surgery and debridement. We scheduled outpatient surgery for December 21 at Provider name locked. Hospital. The anesthesiologist placed an extermity block and I was sedated. I believe my surgery took about 1.5 hours, and Dr. Provider name locked. indicated that my peroneal tendon sheath was bulging and quite a bit of synovial fluid was released when the incision was made. He described my tendon sheath to me later as 'angry' and said that because of the injury, the excessive synovial fluid was be retained, which was causing a lot of the swelling. During surgery it was determined that my peroneus brevis was flattened, enlarged, and had a 4-cm longitudinal tear with abundant tendonitis. The degenerative tendon tissue was removed and the remaining tendon was stiched to repair. Surgery was completed and I was taken to the postanesthesia care unit for recovery. Needless to say, this surgery had a very long recovery period due to the nature of my injury and the fact that my foot was involved. Dr. Provider name locked. had given me some indication of this recovery time to prepare me. I had been fitted with boot to prevent movement of the surgical area, and I could not remove this boot at all for the first week. I was 100% reliant on crutches to get around at this time. After 1 week I returned to Dr. Provider name locked. for a post-operative check. The boot was removed and I was a bit shocked at how frightening my foot was with the swelling and crazy looking stiches. The incision was 10-12 cm and curved along the bend of my ankle. I felt that the boot was too large for my foot and I was sent to a different office to be fitted for a smaller one. I had to continue wearing the boot and using the crutches 100% for 3 more weeks. After my next appointment, I was told that I could start to bear a little bit of weight on the surgery foot, but I still needed to continue to rely for the most part on the crutches for mobility. This was for 3 more weeks, and near the end of this 3-week period, I thought I had reinjured my tendon because I felt a sharp sensation when maneuvering down some steps. Fortunately, at the next appointment, I was told that this was actually a good thing as some of the scar tissue had torn loose, and that would help me to gain some mobility in that foot. I could begin to move around my house some without the crutches, bearing considerably more weight on the boot foot for a couple more weeks. Finally I was instructed that I could stop using the crutches entirely, and I was a bit scared and thrilled all at once. I continued to take the crutches around with me for a couple of weeks 'just in case'. I did not feel stable at all on my left foot at this time. Dr. Provider name locked. was pleased with my progress so far, though, and he indicated that I may not even require physical therapy, which was great. He stated at that time that my left foot 'was never going to be the same' because I had experienced a severe injury, and the surgery he had performed did put the tendon back together, but I may always have some issues. This was a bit discouraging, but I decided that I was going to have a positive attitude and hope for the best. At this time, my post-operative care was finished, so I did not require any further follow-up visits. I continued to experience moderate swelling in my left ankle on and off - especially when I had to fly, and I had a lot of flights for work coming up. I was extremely aware of my healing foot and very careful about how I stepped and what I did with it. By Provider name locked. I had determined that I was going to slowly get back into an exercise routine. I began walking on the treadmill at the gym, and I tried some other machines such as the recumbant bicycle as well. By September I was doing short intervals of walking fast and running slowly on the treadmill. By November I wasn't constantly focused on my left foot anymore, and I wasn't really having any swelling at all. By January 2010 I decided to start the Couch to 5K training program. I was a little bit concerned about how my left foot would hold up to this much running, but to my amazement, it has been great! I am pleased to say that I now run 3 or 4 times as week, and I have completed 4 5K runs so far. Thanks to Dr. Provider name locked. for his patience and willingness to consider alternatives to surgery, his ability to explain complex medical stuff to me in a way that I could understand, and his expert surgical skills in repairing my torn tendon!
    - Angie L.
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