Peroneal nerve injury/tendon tear
First let me say how glad I am to have found this forum. I apologize for the length of this! My 11-year old is a hunter/jumper. After 5 months off from riding rehabbing 4 separate injuries sustained in basketball, she returned to riding and jumping without much difficulty although she did have some issues with her right ankle locking up. At the end of July she participated in a barn camp. On the last day she went over a jump and when she landed, she said her heel went down and she felt her leg give way followed by immediate pain and burning. We left for a cruise the next day and she slowly started feeling better. We assumed it was a muscle strain and she returned to riding when we got back. Unfortunately, every time she jumped she got the same pain and numbness. Long story short, after a month of this she asked to go to the doctor and was diagnosed with a peroneal nerve injury. She hobbled around and rode without stirrups for a while until she did not feel secure because she could not turn her ankle in enough without significant pain. She also began experiencing her ankle locking up and clicking constantly with pain. As a follow-up she had an MRI which confirmed the nerve injury (along with an EMG earlier). MRI also showed a tear in the peroneal longus tendon, which explains the ankle issues. The doctor wants to try P/T for 3-4 weeks. Unfortunately, she also turned her ankle this past week at school and the ankle is now "catching." She is in quite a bit of pain and is very tough. In the 5 years she has been riding, I have never heard her say she doesn't want to ride so this is breaking our hearts. Not that we have pushed it since she is hurt. It doesn't help that they day after she hurt herself we began leasing a horse, just bought a new saddle and finally got her a tack trunk. So she has all sorts of fun stuff but can't enjoy it!
My question is: has anyone had an injury similar to hers with the peroneal nerve and tendon involved? If so, what is the likelihood this will get better without surgery? And will she ride again? I know the nerve can take up to a year to heal but I am concerned that there will always be a risk that the nerve will get reinjured (to say nothing of the tendon).
Thanks for reading. Any advice or insight is appreciated.