It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Foot & Ankle Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-30-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Omaha
Posts: 9
rhiannon1984 HB User
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 04:18 PM.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 01-30-2010, 05:51 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: WI
Posts: 1,359
Zerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB User
Re: Shattered Heel and Subtalar Joint Injury

I shattered mine in March. If the doc says he can't do the surgery for a year or two, then he doesn't have to decide for a year or two, if he wants it.

I deer hunted this year. Didn't walk as much as I did before. But I got out, and went to deer camp, had a good as time as any year. If he doesn't have one a four wheeler or RTV is the way to go. He may have to blind hunt more.

I find wool hiking socks work best. They have lighter ones for summer. Good shoes and orthodic insert too.

 
Old 01-30-2010, 05:54 PM   #3
Senior Veteran
(male)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: WI
Posts: 1,359
Zerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB UserZerk HB User
Re: Shattered Heel and Subtalar Joint Injury

I have a hard time in powdery snow. Frozen hard snow isn't bad. I am thinking snowshoeing should help. Also making paths with the snowmobile, to walk the dogs.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Non-Displaced chip fracture of Anterior Calcaneus (heel) Questions courtneyp Foot & Ankle Problems 8 05-15-2010 01:47 PM
Subtalar Joint Injury let me walk Foot & Ankle Problems 72 04-04-2009 01:22 PM
shattered heel matthew94 Foot & Ankle Problems 1 03-01-2009 02:58 PM
what is the recovery time for a shattered heel? vic007 Foot & Ankle Problems 24 11-02-2008 08:32 AM
Calcaneus shattered - Post Op rouletteyou Foot & Ankle Problems 50 05-05-2008 03:12 AM

Tags
calcaneus, calcaneus fracture, shattered heel, subtalar joint, subtalar joint fracture



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:34 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!