Shattered Heel and Subtalar Joint Injury
In Feb 2009 my husband fell from a ladder, shattering his heel bone which caused injury to his subtalar joint. He had immediate surgery, with a plate and 16 pins inserted. By June he was walking well enough to take our daughter down the aisle with real shoes and not much of a limp. But then he developed an infection and the hardware had to be removed. His bone infection ate away at the subtalar joint, permanently damaging it. It is bone on bone. They say the only option is to fuse it, permanently impacting any mobility in the joint. They can't do this for another 1 - 2 years due to the risk of another bone infection. His ortho says that they cannot repair the joint other than to fuse it and that it may fuse itself. Today he walks without crutches but has constant pain, a significant limp and moves very slowly. He can't walk on uneven surfaces at all. His lifetime passion is hunting and outdoor activities, which are very difficult for him to do. If there's snow, he can't do them at all. There doesn't seem to be any improvement since his surgery in August, even with PT. He's only 50 years old, and much younger in every other way. We are thankful he was not more seriously injured in his fall, but obviously would love to have full mobility back.
I am wondering - is there anyone out there who has gone through a similar experience? Does anyone know of specialists throughout the country with innovative procedures to repair this joint?
Last edited by rhiannon1984; 01-30-2010 at 03:18 PM.