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Posted by Marie on November 01, 1999 at 15:32:43:

In Reply to: Re: Calcaneous fracture and broken tendosn posted by Eric on October 28, 1999 at 17:22:35:

: : I'm 31 years old. I had a month ago a fracture of the calcaneus and many tendons broken.

: : The first doctor I saw made me to be in bed one week with ice and the leg up. After that week he prescribed me a cam boot to be used for two months. According to him I could take of the cam boot only to take a bath and to sleep. He gave me instructions of start trying to walk with the cam boot.

: : Since for me was very difficult to use the cam boot because of the pain, next day I went to another doctor to look for a second opinion. The other doctor said the calcaneous fracture was small but there were many broken tendons so he put me a plaster and gave me an appointment for the next three weeks. I have continued the treatment with the second doctor.

: : On September 8 I will have 4 weeks of the fracture and 3 weeks with the plaster but I have still many pain and the foot still is inflamated specially if I put the leg down. If I put the leg up the plaster weight gives me pain also.
: :
: : I would like to know which should be the correct treatment for a calcaneous fracture and broken tendons.
: : And how long will take the recovery process?
: : What should be done and what shouldn't be done?
: : Thanks
Dear Eric
I fractured my calcaneus 2 years ago, Sept. 97--I too was in bed for first two weeks with the ice, and propped leg up, actually kept foot propped up for the better part of two months. For the First two weeks I had a non removable splint type cast, then for two weeks I had a plaster cast, then I was given an air-cast walking boot, which I could take off, and did so 2-3 times aday for stretching and movement of the foot. However, I still was to keep it Elevated most of the time, and could not put weight on it for almost 3 months. Then I could put partial weight in another 2 months, and then full weight when the injury was close to 5-6 months old. I still have pain when I walk a lot with the tendons, Sorry, I wish I could say it would go away, but it isn't that type of injury. Good luck.

Marie



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