Re: Shattered heel bone
My husband did the same thing on Aug. 15. He fell 4 feet off a stepladder. He had surgery 2 weeks later, and now has 11 screws with the same erector set type plate.
The problem is that the heel bone rests on the talus bone. That joint (sub talar joint) is what controls the lateral stability in the ankle. Above that is the joint that controls the up and down, which should remain fine. If you also cracked the talus bone, like my husband did, the joint can be compromised. The Dr. told my husband that they won't know how it has healed until he is weight bearing. He's in a removable boot, NWB for 12 weeks, but he can take the boot off to do ROM exercises and bathe. After 6 to 8 months, if it doesn't heal the joint correctly, he will need to have more surgery to get that joint fused, which is what results in the lack of side to side stability. From what I hear, you and he may never run without pain again.
That is what I know. The other crucial thing is definitely to stay off it completely until the heel pieces knit with the erector set. If you step on it, the heel that has been put back togother could shift, and heal out of alignment. Then you're screwed. There is a lot of risk of serious complications with a fractured heel. Great, huh? Cindy
Last edited by Prin; 09-12-2006 at 12:52 PM.