The Surgeons Perspective
Sophie Lucas came to see me in Dorset at the beginning of 2020 with her father. I soon discovered what an unusual and active family they were. They had moved to the south of France many years before and had generally excelled at sport. Sophie had been competing at National level as a gymnast for many years and was determined to become a PE teacher.
An injury to her right ankle in February 2019 put all this into serious doubt. Her ankle pain was treated with physiotherapy, but despite taking it very seriously, did not fully recover. Her ankle remained unstable and unreliable. She underwent a key-hole (arthroscopic) procedure, in Bordeaux, to stabilise the ankle that initially went well. However, a few months into her rehabilitation it became clear that it had not worked and she was still suffering with ankle pain and her ankle was just as unreliable as before.
When I met her, her place at university and career was in doubt due to her inability to do any sport. When I examined her, it was clear that the procedure to stabilise the ankle had not worked which is a recognised, although unusual, complication.