First, heel bone, calcanium, calcaneus? All mean the same I think!
I shattered my heel bone while moving house, after losing my balance on the stairs and jumping to avoid rolling/falling down. Accident was Oct 17th '09, surgery Oct 23rd , Dec 18th was told partially WB (front of foot) and was told 100% WB on Friday 8th Jan 2010 (woo!). I've also developed a pressure sore on the back of the heel, but I'm hoping this remains minor and is being monitored.
I wanted to say a big thank you to the people that have already posted about similar experiences, this has made me feel more comfortable about my physical recovery and feel better knowing others are going through similar things. Also a well done to everyone that is/has gone through it, for sticking it out and keeping positive.
I'm in the UK (with the NHS), have been on elbow crutches, and now that I'm 100% WB I'm excited that my recovery feels more in my control than it's ever been. I haven't seen a physio at all yet, and was told in Dec when i was partially WB to start stretching my toes up.
The thing is I wasn't given exercises so have been doing what I think is right, but have wanted to get a second opinion really to make sure I'm not missing out any key exercises etc and looking at other posts I think I might be behind on my physio. Any suggestions or ********/scans of exercises would be a real help.
At the moment I don't really have an issue with pain (thankfully) apart from after sometime weight bearing, or some discomfort after exposure to cold. I practice walking with my crutches trying to take as much of the weight as I can on my foot, trying to make sure my foot follows the proper flow or by trying to push up & forward with my toes. I also do stretches by sitting in a straight posture and moving my foot backwards with it flat to the floor, reducing the angle from the shin to the thigh if that makes sense, and also do a stretch by pulling my big toe back, as this seems to be a bit tight. Lastly I'm try to do left-to-right flexing.
At the moment I am able to hobble without crutches, but that seems as beneficial in terms of exercise as hopping
I'm also wondering, once physical recovery is over, what does having metal screws in my foot mean? Do I need to be concious of this? I mainly ask as I used to do Parkour (AKA free-running) which involves jumping around and landing impacts and I'm concerned it might not be safe for me to resume this. (Some of my family think parkour may have been partially responsible for me breaking my heel so easily)
Hopefully I'm on the right track and I'll join the recovered crowd soon
Any exercise advice is much appreciated