I've had my right ankle tendon dislocated from a vehicle accident more than 7 yrs ago and just didn't mind the popping and occassional pain, until I played intense tennis for 2 straight weeks and the pain has been nagging me. Got an MRI and the podiatrist advise on trying out an ankle brace whenever I play for the next 6-8 weeks, afterwhich if I still feel pain, he's suggesting going for surgery to repair and put the tendon back in place. This may put me up to 3 months of no tennis to rehab. Please advise if the brace will do for long term or if I need surgery. Thanks!