Re: Calcaneus Fracture Recovery
Broke calcaneus Dec 14,2012. Surgery Dec. 27,2012. Broke bone in 2 places.
I had a problem with wound healing. I am perfectly healthy, except I smoke about a half pack a day. DO NOT SMOKE IF YOU BREAK CALCANEUS!!! It can mess up circulation.
The problem with healing was mainly because I am rather slender (5'11 , 145lbs) and the plate was pushing up skin. It was only not healing right under ankle and was about 1.5cm long and .3cm wide.
My surgeon tried a wound vac for a month. I started physical with the small wound. finally, on may 14th my doc took out hardware & debridement (clean wound/restitch). He did some swabs and I guess there was some staph and bacteria from my cats, so they put me on I.V. antibiotics for 6weeks.
FINALLY, it is scabbing over. I can restart physical. Calcaneus breaks are tough.
I am a NYC high school teacher. Been out of work for 7 months. My principal is trying to take my certification away...I haven't even been out except for trip to doctor.
My doc said I can put full WB back again, but I am nervous because the screws were removed.
Has anyone had screws/plate removed? How long before you were WB?
Good luck everyone!