Mountain Impulse wrote:bfred,
Thanks for posting your experience. I'm 5 months past surgery now. While my ankle still feels really stiff in back I nevertheless have about 95% of range of motion back. However, the surgical scar is still very sensitive and I can't wear a regular hiking boot yet. So I feel like it's a mixed bag on progress but my surgeon said my range of motion returned a lot sooner than he expected and so that's good. Went to PT once and then simply did my own.
I am a PT and that is just fine as long as you were given a good home program. These injuries are tough, and I have seen surgical and non surgical approaches. Personally I would also do the surgery. Either way you are in a cast for atleast 7-8 weeks non weightbearing. I could not get past the trust issue if not surgically repaired.
Massage the crap out of that incision for a long time. Being able to do 20 single leg calf raises with out loosing amplitude is considered normal. Good luck.