It is the same treatment as what they use for "the bends" or diving injuries. It forces oxygen into the tissue which helps to speed the healing. Simplified version of course. They have had very good success for necrotic tissue issues.
Hi, I too am a heelie, though I haven't been around for awhile. I fell 15' and shattered my right calcaneous on 10/08/15. No surgery as they said the outcome between surgery and not for the extent of my injury was negligable. I too suffered some pretty deep depression, and I am probably one of the most bubbly people you will ever meet. But let me tell you, it does get better. Every day closer, every milestone passed brings you closer to "normalcy" Enjoy every triumph as it comes. The first time you can take a shower, or wash your foot. The first few steps you can take. The first night you can sleep without your cast. The first time you can slip a shoe on again. The first time you can make it through a grocery store unaided. You have all this to look forward to. My heel has healed amazing well. I have very little problems with it. I have been dealing with tendon issues since the beginning but couldn't get my OS to listen to me. For 16 months he fluffed me off, then finally sent a note to my employer that basically destroyed my career by saying there would never be any improvement. Luckily I asked for a second opinion. Within 3 weeks I had learned that I had dislocated many tendons in my foot and ankle. Advocate for yourself. Insist on the treatment you think you need. Get a second opinion if you need it.
The best piece of advice I can give you? Stop reading all the doom and gloom articles on the internet. There are stories here of people who are living almost their normal lives. That can and will be you. It will take some time, but you'll get there. Stay positive!
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I am one month ahead of you: broke the calc July 27, had surgery Aug. 24. Broke it jumping off a rock at the beach and landing on packed sand. I have 3 screws in the heel; one will be removed at some point--soon, I hope.
I have come to the conclusion that a huge part of this injury is not physical but mental. You have to get ****** off at your foot. Every day. Refuse to let it make the rest of you turn into a noodle. Get a resistance band and dumbbells for your upper body and work your arms and abs. Do your ROM stuff on your ankle and use the resistance band on both your legs.You can do this stuff with your bad foot elevated. The more you get your circulation going, the better you will feel mentally and physically.
I know the pain meds make you feel like crap--I lost 10 pounds on them. But you need them--my doc said, "you are not crazy. This injury really hurts. It's okay to feel bad." He freed me to feel like I wasn't being a wimp.
I am walking (slowly) without a cane and doing PT 3x/week and daily exercises they give me 3x/day. They said do them 2x/day; I say screw that, I'm going to walk NOW and without a limp. I push through the pain and make progress.
I broke my calc 2 weeks before an Alaskan cruise and we were supposed to get a puppy when returned from the trip. My husband was counting on me to start a new marketing plan for his practice. My whole family was devastated by my accident. Everything STOPPED in my whole life but now I am coming back with a vengeance. Like the song says, I get knocked down, but I get up again.
I'm a newbie too. On Nov 9, 2011 I fell 14 ft off of an extension ladder on to a bed of limestone. I received a severe comminuted fracture of the calcaneus and cuboid. After 8 days I spent 6 hours in surgery being put back together. The doc called me Humpty Dumpty. After surgery she told my husband that if it had been any worse, I would have have had the foot amputated. She picked bones shards from high upon the tendons in my calf. I had damage to the tendons and the ligaments. I am 4 weeks out and I think I am doing well.
I have come to the conclusion that a huge part of this injury is not physical but mental. You have to get ****** off at your foot..
I joke you got to show your foot who is the boss.
There is a balance between being hopeful and facing facts. For me, by 6-8 months, I knew what my mobility, ROM, would be. Probably sooner. But I think I still had improvements with pain up to or past 18 months.
At first you have to push as hard as you can, to find out your limits. Once you know them, then you have to work with in or around them. I still push it to hard, and feel it But I think one key is to make life easier on yourself, conserve your pain currency for things you want to spend it on.
Heelie since 09
The good thing is, no one asks me, to help them move anymore.
Good luck! I had the big screw removed Dec. 30-a walk in the park compared to the original surgery. Was on painkillers and crutches for 2 days, then PWB for a day, then walking. A bit sore but no big deal. Got the stitches out in a week. Doc said to go easy on it for a month or so but it was very well healed and felt great. I am still very stiff and sore every day after 7 months but I push it and can walk 2 miles now. Doc says to do it as much as possible to break up scar tissue, so I do what I can and ice when it hurts.
Maria, Thanks for your update and I wish you the best. It reminded me to update here also.
I am just under 8 months post injury. I've had 3 surgeries - the last one to get the hardware out. I've had significant wound complications the whole time. I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis caused by a staph infection in my bone. I've been on IV antibiotics for 2 weeks with 4 more to go. I have a PICC line in my arm and a nurse comes to my home daily to adminster the medication (Cubicin) because I can't do it alone. Luckily, I haven't had any serious side effects so far.My stitches were removed from my foot recently after the hardware removal, and it appears to finally be healing, which is good news. I hope that this whole ordeal will be behind me soon.
Physical therapy did a lot for me. Prior to my last surgery, I was able to ride my new road bike for 25 miles, and I went on a 4 mile walk. Of course, it's sore the next day. I miss being able to exercise like I used to. When I get this PICC line out of my arm, I hope to resume some of the normal activities I used to do (except running).
I still limp a bit, and have pain in my opposite hip at times because I favored that side for so long after being in a boot and/or crutches for 4 months.
I've learned a huge lesson in patience throughout this ordeal, and a big lesson about some people in my life. I'm kind of evaluating every aspect of my life right now.
Another update from me - 15 months post op. 14 months after my initial fracture, I completed the Iceman Cometh, the largest single day mountain bike race in North America. I set the goal for myself and worked hard all summer to gain my strength back. It was such an accomplishment for me.
Luckily, the combination of hardware removal and the IV antibiotics did the trick. Maybe it was the hardware removal only - one can never tell.
I know I'm not supposed to mention brand names, but I have found this one particular brand of shoe that have been SOOOO helpful. The cork molds to your foot and is so comfortable. I've since bought 3 pairs of them, and one of them are little black booties WITH HEELS!
Ahhh, I've come a long way baby.
This site was so helpful for me. I just want everyone to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep perservering and you will get to that point too one day, I promise!