Re: Bilateral calcaneal fractures
I suspect you will be horse back riding again. Service industry will be tough, if you are standing alot. If you can take breaks and sit, you may be ok. Though may get worse with time. I am not exactly sure what area of work you are in, bartender, waitress or desk clerk? Sitting at a desk will be alot easier, and probably not alot of change.
Usually takes 12-18 months to get as good as you will get. Recovery varies, because the injury varies. But it is a life changing event.
You will probably start bearing weight around 12 weeks, from injury and surgery. First 4-5 months you will be doing stuff, but it will be hard. 10-12 months getting better.
If you want less pain, you will have to wear comfortable shoes and socks. I wear light wool hiking socks in the summer, and buy new pairs every year.
Probably start range of motion exercises around 6 weeks, ask for physical therapy, if they forget to bring it up. If you don't have insurance, go to learn the exercises, and then go maybe every 3-4 weeks, to get new exercises. More often after weight bearing, and less as the months go by.
Keep you feet elevated 23 hours a day. Toes above the nose. I slept with my foot on two pillows, and two pillows in my recliner, tilted back.
Swelling will get better once you start walking and mcuslces start working. Ask doc about compression sock, once you start walking.
You will probably have weird shooting sensations, this normal. Your foot may turn purplish when you have it down, more so when you are non weight bearing.
Lace up boots help the most, I wear 8". I know women may not like that, but I have less pain. They have some black ones that will look so-so with jeans. Look at the type cops wear, they are marketed as tactical or sport tactical, by Danner, Magnum, or Bates.
Heelie since 09
The good thing is, no one asks me to help them move anymore.