Re: Calcaneus fracture surgery or not?
like you i also fell off a ladder. shattered calc., with 3 main linear fracture lines extending vertically into the subtalar joint, no initial surgey. i was nwb for 3 months, then pt, finally rtn to work after 5 months. in the mean time i saw a different ortho and a podiatrist. all 3 docs said fusion would eventually be needed. the pain never went away, arthritis set in almost right away, and i am 47. the doc said when arthritis sets in doesnt have anything to do with age. found a new ortho who only does feet and ankles. he tried an orthotic that immobizes the ankle as a cast would but is removable. that worked for about 2 months then the pain came back. had the fusion of the subtalar joint performed on th 9th of feb, i am still in acast but am walking now in the cast with no pain! it all depends on who does the surgery and their proficiency at their trade. i wouldnt hesitate to let my surgeon do the other one if i had broken it as well, but fortunately i only trashed the rt. foot.