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.