i am an almost 43 yo mother of 3 small children under 5. i was a ballet dancer and have had chronic ankle problems(ligament related) since i was 9 along with 2 unsuccessful ankle reconstructions. I am in constant pain and am now walking with a limp almost all the time. i am very active and the only thing that keeps me going is yoga. my surgeon says my only option is a fusion but i feel that i will be even more limited in my function. i read an article in the ny times science section that discussed people who were very active like me and decided to undergo an elective amputation so they would have even better function and no pain. It is something I have often thought about but the article made me think even more seriously about it. the prosthetics now are so advanced and I would be able to run and walk long distances. I would like to know if there is anyone else out there who has done this or had either surgery.