Well, hell. I hope the next round of surgery does you much better. What type and brand of ankle brace is it that works so well?
Also, besides your ankle and ligament injuries, it does seem that fusion tends to produce better long-term results than screw (ORIF) fixation for Lisfranc injuries...
Need to talk to my own doc about the future--not sure whether the K-Wires will come out and that's that, or whether the next step is a choice between ORIF and fusion surgery.