Hi guys, its been awhile since I've checked in here, but i'm glad to see this forum is still active. I know this topic is going to be very subjective, and is going to be different for everyone, but i just wanted to hear about some of your experiences dealing with injuries and returning to competitive TKD. The reason for this post: I recently got diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury (after landing badly from attempting a side flip), and now looking at surgery for my foot as a possible solution. A little more background: This happened in end Jan, but was mis-diagnosed as a sprain, so I was put under physio. Just a couple of weeks ago, my physio felt something wasn't right, and so referred me to another ortho, and we find out its actually a Lisfranc injury. Granted, its nothing major, no fractures, just the ligament is over stretched. But apparently I've got the same injury unknowingly before, so there is some degeneration going on in that same area. So the doc proposed a minor surgery to put a screw in to stabilise the joints to allow the ligament to heal, and also prevent arthritic complications in future. BUT this ideally should've been done within 6 weeks of the injury, and now its been almost 4 months, we've missed the 'golden recovery period', there is a chance the ligament may not heal. Alternatively, seeing that I've come this far, I can also choose to continue with physio, and hope that it will heal on its own. Of course, the doc thinks surgery gives me the best chances. And my physio, she said she wouldn't recommend me to the doc if it wasn't for the fact that I still wished to compete nationally and internationally, otherwise she would've advised me to just continue conservatively, so I'm also inclined to think that she feels that surgery gives me the best chances as well. At this point, I was also convinced that surgery is the way to go. But of course to make things a bit more complicated, I went to discuss things with a good friend of mine, an ex national team player. She was doing so well until she had an ACL and meniscus tear, and doc told her that she couldn't compete anymore. It was at this point that she realised that everything was for nothing, all her sacrifices, medals, trophies, they meant nothing if she couldn't even walk again. So she gave up TKD in the end. But the take away for me was, is it worth it going under the knife to compete? Knowing I am already in my 30's, and have a full time office job, there is no way I can match up against 20 year olds who train 8 hours a day 6 days week. Granted its a minor surgery, but going for a surgery means slicing through muscles and nerves, will my foot ever feel the same again? Perhaps someone who has gone through surgery can enlighten me on this? My friend never did go through surgery to fix her ACL and meniscus, she chose to rehab and stop TKD, and is relatively pain free now.