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Posted by Scott on July 07, 2000 at 13:29:21:

In Reply to: Bilateral Calcaneous Fractures posted by Bilateral Fractures on March 22, 2000 at 16:43:52:

I'm a 28 year old male and had a severe fracture of my right calcaneous in late December (fell about 10-12ft off a roof). Similar situation- I had surgery about 2 weeks after the injury, where my Dr. put in a plate and 8 screws to stabilize the bone. These have not been removed (and, according to my dr., will stay unless there's a reason to open up the foot again).

I was laid up in bed for a couple of weeks and started PT about a month after that (just basic range of motion stuff). I was unable to do any full weight bearing exercises until about 3 months after the surgery.

It's now coming up on 5 months since the surgery and I also still suffer from pain, soreness and limited mobility in my right foot/ankle. I can generally walk without a limp, but running and jumping are still way off. I still attend PT 4 nights a week and my recovery appears to have plateau'ed a bit - not much improvement in the past few weeks.

But my plan is to stick with PT as long as it takes to come back - or at least a full year. If I'm unable to return back to "normal" I don't want it to be because of lack of effort on my end.

That's the only advice I can give - keep working hard and stick with your PT.

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