Originally Posted by Erocks1
I just shattered my right heel and had surgery with plate and 9 screws on the 28th of nov...I would love to hear replies to your question as I enjoy running as well. My accident was from snowboarding/large jump...crushed heel on knuckle of the landing. Are you at least able to walk good at this point?...eight months down your road of recovery? Any advice from you slynch I would appreciate
I know how the surgery feels, 3 plates and eight screws. I found a piece of my bone stuck in my cast after surgery and I keep it as a reminder of how bad it was in the beginning.
I finished physical therapy last week finally. I walk with a slight limp but I don't have to use a cane anymore. The hardest thing with this injury is time and time makes you realize how much damage you actually did. Listen to the doctor, do not at all try to push yourself too early. I did and I had a blood clot by the surgical line, the sucker reopened and I had to wait until it closed and watch for infections before I could do anything.
It's going to take a awhile for you to walk. I remember my first day trying with the boot and I fell on my face ripping off the oven door because I grabbed it to catch my fall. So have patience. Also manage your time. In the beginning it's going to be hard for you to do activities longer than 3 or 4 hours and then, for me atleast, I was in so much pain I had to stop. But elevating your foot as much as possible, it helps and makes a world of difference.
Be creative. In late August I knew I was heading back up to school and I couldn't handle walking more than fifteen minutes at that point. But I wanted to still go to classes, I wasn't going to let some stupid thing like that prevent me from graduating so I brought my bike and I rode that around campus. It hurts at first but I got used to the mindset everything hurts, you just have to find the way that will take the least amount of time so you can elevate later.
From what I read and what my doc told me, it's about a year recover. A year is a very long frustrating amount of time. I kept a journal to write down my frustrations, it helps when you wake up in blistering pain or after having a war in the bathroom just to do basic things.
I'm hoping for replies too. Give that boost of motivation and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm meeting with my surgeon tomorrow and I'm going to ask her what i need to do. I'll let you know.
Good luck. You have a tough road Erocks, but it gets better. It's just slow as a snail to do so. If you ever need someone to talk to or you have further questions, definately will respond to them