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Old 09-16-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

Afternoon all,

On wednesday night (4 days ago) i broke my calcaneus, by jumping off a pallet of sand, silly me

Attended the hospital and had an xray, who confirmed it was broke/fractured, its not displaced or shattered, i was told to not weight bare and book in to see the specialists, which i have tomorrow.

Now for the last 2 days, i have had full range of movement, i can rotate my foot, bring it back and forward, i can clench my toes and spread them, i have a little cramp if clenching very tight in one of my toes, i am pottering about on crutches and have since yesterday put a little weight on my toes to aid me along, with no pain.

theres deffo a bit of swelling, but ive not got a black foot, blisters etc...

I personally feel from reading everything on this website, i might have been lucky (), i want to heal ASAP, and am not one to give up and wait..

has anyone any thoughts.... i shouldnt need surgery, and a cast would be silly....

 
Old 09-17-2012, 12:29 AM   #2
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

First find out if you need surgery, sounds like you may not since your break sounds pretty minor compared to most. I don't recommend putting weight on that foot until the doc says so. If it does swell, remember elevate and ice the foot. Let us know what your doc says...

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

First find out if you need surgery, sounds like you may not since your break sounds pretty minor compared to most. I don't recommend putting weight on that foot until the doc says so. If it does swell, remember elevate and ice the foot. Let us know what your doc says...

 
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

Back from hospital, no plaster, no surgery! YAY!
doctor says there seems to be nothing wrong, but it prob is broken, but nothing major, the x-ray was not really clear, there was a little something but nothing, he said continue to walk on toes, and gradually when pain allows to walk fully, as theres a current stab pain when i put weight on my heel, told me 6 weeks i should be fine...

2 months signed off work, but will try this week to get back on my feet independently and get back to work asap! as time is money!

 
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

I have read about fractures, that soldiers marching can get. You may be lucky. Keep it really elevated, rest it on something. I slept with mine on two pillows, and had it on two pillows on my recliner during the day. it was up about 23 hours a day.


best is to get in to a doc and see what he wants you to do. Often then put you in a cast at first. I would also inquire about physical therapy. Which seems either hard to get or not big belief in the UK, for what reason I don't know.


either way get to a doc and do what he says, and hope for the best.
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

we have physio therapy?

we must have posted at pretty much same time as ive given an update

 
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

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2 months signed off work, but will try this week to get back on my feet independently and get back to work asap! as time is money!
Sit when ever you can, if you are in pain or not. My injury was life changing. I still do the things I want. But I preserve my self for it, and pay for it later too.

But you are right you need money. So I sit when I can, take an elevator, use mechanical means to lift and such.


You have to go with the pros opinion, and some people do have non severve fractures. I am not a doctor, I just hope it is not one of those thing that is hard to see. If it were me, I would follow the docs advice, I may think about a 2nd opinion in a few weeks though.
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

how can i go about a second opinion? do i just go to my doctors?
swelling is literally just a little and no bruisng, so hoping im lucky, i didnt roll my ankle and i landed the best i could jumping off a height, never would have thought that you could break a heel!

My trainers were flat and a pair of cheap trainers, so this prop didnt help!

 
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

Myself, I probably would not get a second opionion, but I would not push it to get back to work. One may need money, but you may need a lot more of it if you push it.

Good luck!

 
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Re: broken calcaneus - but have full R.O.M?

hi all,


ive been walking on my toes, im off the crutches now, i have a sharp shoot pain if i put my heel down, so my bodies telling me dont do that yet, i slowly practice on the grass with my walking method aswell, the centre of my foot (underneath) has gone dry and has come out in a black/purple bruise.

ive been in the garden all day, digging, moving railway sleepers around, painting the fence, watering the grass etc, feels nice to prop my feet up now!

i miss my heel

 
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how can i go about a second opinion? do i just go to my doctors?
I got the name of another good doctor by word of mouth and just called for an appt. I checked my work comp insurance carrier first.

I waited until 12th week. My doc said to wait another 6 months and see how it goes. I just wanted to know for sure waiting is the right thing to do. The surgery can be another 3 months of non weight bearing, some time less though.

2nd doc agreed. If they would have disagreed, I may have sought a 3rd opinion.


With your case, what would concern me is they aren't see anything. Are they missing something or are you lucky? Dunno.
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