Re: i need info about a Calcanues Fuse(recovery period-amount of pain-is/was it worth
I had a subtalor-calcaneus (primary) fusion on my right foot 7 months ago. I've just been released to come back in 2-3 mos to see how I'm doing. It was 2 months nonWBing for me until the fusion (post auto accident) and then another 2 mos nonWBing after the fusion. It took about another month of partial & 100% WBing with crutches, then another 2 months of physical therapy. I had the screws removed 3 wks ago to help with my range of motion and make it easier to do PT. I can walk, albeit with a limp initially after sitting a while. I had bone loss, too, and a tibia bone graft but there is still some differential between my two heels. I also have custom orthotics and rocker soles added to my post surgery shoes. It was recommended that I add rocker soles to all my new shoes. It helps with the limp and to lessen the pressure on the heel strike. I'm now 7 months out and doing most of my normal activities. I started back with my normal workout routine although pretty low impact. Still doing some PT on my ROM (range of motion) to try to improve my plantarflexion. My dorsiflexion is pretty normal and eversion is much better. Inversion is something I'm still working on. You will lose some side to side mobility with a fusion, but if it's necessary for you, it's already gone anyway. I've been told I won't be 100% and will have a limp, but I haven't given up on those possibilities yet. Hope this helps you!