Re: Fractured Calcaneus - Few questions to ask
My husband shattered his heel the first week in April of 2009. The foot specialist wouldn't do surgery until the swelling went down so he waited a week. He was not put in a cast after surgery--just a hard fiberglass splint that was wrapped with an Ace bandage--and that was just to protect the foot while he was walking around on crutches. He took it off any time he was sitting or while in bed. I actually believe this helped him maintain a better range of motion. However, having said that, not being put in a cast does NOT mean that you don't have a serious break. It's just differences in doctors. My husband's break was pretty bad and he needed a plate and six screws put in.
The bone heels in six weeks--you shouldn't try putting any weight on it until that time. At his 6-week check up, the doctor told my husband to throw away the crutches as long as he walked in a "boot" (a plastic/velcro protective device that goes from toe to knee with a rocking device in it for walking) for a week or two.
Of course, he couldn't just throw away the crutches at 6 weeks, but he used one crutch for a week and then walked without crutches, but using the boot, for another week. After that he could walk on his own. Although he needed to take it easy.
It has been five months since my husband's break and other than some stiffness and swelling, he gets around very well and can do just about anything he could before. He does limp some--especially if he's been on his feet all day. But we've been told that sometimes it takes a year to two years to recover from a fractured heel. They are serious injuries. He's 46 years old and farms so is a very active guy.