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    Old 08-29-2008, 06:35 AM   #31
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    Hi Again The J,

    There are times where I wish In had a hard cast but not too oftern. It's nice to take the air cast off, readjust for comfort and go about my day. I do this 5-6 times a day depending on the foot swelling or not and how active I am that day.

    With my nerve pain, I wonder if he nicked it when he sewed the exterior stitches thru my skin. They were very deep. He also used many internal, dissolving stitches. I felt lots of pins and needles the week I had the external stitches removed, I can only guess this was because the stitches were dissolving and the skin was finding it's way back to it's preop position.

    Today, the nerve is not bothering me at all, but as the day passes......

    The feeling became less and less as time passed. The main nerve still hurts during the day. I have read it can take up to 3 months for this to pass, but have talked to others (different surgeries) who still have nerve pain once in a while, years after.

    Staples vs stitches? I don't know...One patient I met in the office had staples yet, I had stitches. Same surgeon.

    To Carole...Can you refresh my memory when you had your surgery? Did he say why he dosn't want you moving your foot up and down? You have a plate?

    Congrats Stew...sounds like you are on your way to an almost normal life. I agree with you, age, good general health, not over weight, not smoking or non diabetic folks heal much faster than others. My doc told me that I was an excellent candidate for recovery because I had none of the above.

    Keep healing heelies,
    Thanks for keeping us positive thru this.

    Ed

     
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    Old 08-29-2008, 08:02 AM   #32
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    Hey J,
    This is a heck of a way to meet, and I too am sorry but I find it dose help to share and relate our experiences. My surgery was on 7/15 and basically have gone through what you have with less nerve pain and only pins and needles every so often. I also had staples and then the tape.

    Yesterday I went to cane training. I was relived to see that I could do it with no pain to speak of. Of course I had my aircast on, which I thank God for because I don't think I could do it without it.

    They told me to work with the cane for two hours a day or more and stop when I tried or start to have pain do to the foot being inactive. They told me my foot would be sore and I would have swelling and it was normal and to ice when done. FYI am in my sixties and I am going to beat this. Hope this helps, stay strong, positive and of course

    Keep Healing Heelies

    Joe

     
    Old 08-29-2008, 10:22 AM   #33
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    Hello J and welcome,and hello to all the other Heelies!

    Like the others, sorry we all had to meet this way, but this sure does help.

    I fractured my calcaneous on 18 May and had my first surgery on 11 June. My pain was intense for a couple of days after surgery, but like you, after that it was manageable with Tylenol after that. I had some nerve pain, but it subsided very quickly. Eight weeks post-op, I found out I had a MRSA staph infection. On 8 August, I had another surgery to remove the plate and 11 screws. This time, my post-op pain wasn't as bad as the first. However, this time, the nerve pain has been much worse. My doctor told me that he thought he "****** off" the nerve this time. Second time it had be moved and stretched in a couple of months. He said it would diminish over time and eventually go away. I do believe it has lessened.

    Also, I have some numb spots on my foot now that I didn't have after the first surgery. Has anyone else experienced this. I had a knee replacement several years ago, and still have some numb spots there. The doc that did my foot says that the knee will never go away, but the feeling in my foot would return. Sure hope so.

    Joe - did you get the results from your culture? Sure hope it's good news. I've got about 3 weeks left on my IV antibiotics, and I sure can't wait til this is over. For insurance purposes, I have to be home bound for the entire time. The only time I am supposed to leave the house is to go to my doctor's appointments. Sure am getting stir crazy. I'm very thankful I can do this at home, but I'm more than ready to get out of this house some.

    Everyone please take care and keep healing heelies!!!

    Jim

     
    Old 08-29-2008, 03:09 PM   #34
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    Re: Fractured Calcaneus 2

    Howdy to the Heelies,

    I fractured my Calcaneus in a pretty bad auto accident on July 29th.

    Got through the first few weeks of drama,(misdiagnosis, severe pain, delayed treatment, ect...)

    Finally got proper treatment and a big *** cast on my lower leg. Hopefully no surgery will be needed.

    I am on crutches which I have never needed in my life. These things may be alright, but I also have a broken rib. So getting around is really hard.

    Now I am off the pain meds and I have 3 weeks before the Ortho looks at it again.

    I have come out of my med induced fog and now I am completely bored and irritated.

    While on the pain meds I was content to sit and watch tv and play on the computer. Time flew by.

    Not so much these last few days.

    What am I supposed to be doing right now to make this time go by faster?

    Another thing is that when I do experience pain, it seems to be more in the ankle than in the heel. Is that normal?

    Oh, and this heavy *** fiberglass cast is driving me crazy.

    I wonder how long will it take me to walk properly again barring any complications. It will have been a total of 8 weeks off the foot.

    I am somewhat hyper and this sitting around is no good. What can I do?

    Thanks for letting me vent.


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    Old 08-29-2008, 03:49 PM   #35
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    Welcome but not the desirable way Aquagirly,

    We're all sorry about your misfortune. Please feel free to vent here all you like, we're all going thru the same injury and are here to help other as we can to get thru this.

    Can I ask your age? How many pieces did you heel break into? If it's been three weeks your heel bone is probably mending itself and that's why not much pain.

    Yes you ankle will hurt, your foot was traumatized and it wasn't just your heel that took any of the forces.

    I would continue to ask questions of your doc about his diagnosis and recovery.

    The lack of mobility of your foot in the cast will cause muscle atrpohy. I lost an inch in my thigh and my calf. If you are looking to kill any time, go thru ALL the posts on this sight to educate yourself and learn what others have gone thru or going thru. Everyone heals differently, depending on age, weight, diabetes and smoking. There are good stories and not so good stories here.

    Don't let the bad ones get you down. If anything you need to stay positive and look forward. Be proactive with your diagnosis, prognosis and recovery. It's your heel, not the docs, but listen to what he says and do what he says. You will get thru this.

    I will say this is an injury that takes a long time to heal. When I broke mine I figured after surgery I'd be on my feet in 8 weeks. Not the case for me....it's going to be 12 weeks before I cna bear full weight.

    That was a big blow to me, as I am probably as active as you sound. I hate sitting here for hours with my leg elevated, but it is what it is.

    From what I have read, the muscles in your ankle and leg take a while to come back. There will also be some pain once you start walking, it'll depend on how traumatized your foot, ankle and heel were when you broke it.

    Again, we're here to help each other so ask away and vent when needed.

    TO pass the time? Lots of books, movies, TV, emails, what ever it takes.

    Good luck and heal fast

     
    Old 08-29-2008, 04:09 PM   #36
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    Re: Fractured Calcaneus 2

    Hello Healies,
    My surgery was on 7/3, 6 screws, plate & bonegraft.
    Dr. said no moving foot up down or anything else so the heel can heal.
    40 days to go before I can start walking.
    Noticed I'm able to flex my half now.

    Thank you,
    Carole

     
    Old 08-29-2008, 04:24 PM   #37
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    Hey Jim,

    Doc. said 3 to 5 days to get culture back and of course we are brasing for a hurrican so it may be a while. Hope not.
    To our new friends, eleavate, ice and listen to and ask your Doc. questions, make a list take it with you. Try crossword puzzels to pass the time or become a political junkie. But most of all stay strong, positive and of course

    Keep Healing Heelies

    Joe

     
    Old 08-29-2008, 04:45 PM   #38
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    Good luck with the culture Joe. I hope it's good news.

    Carole? How are you able to flex your calf muscle? I've been trying all day comparing it to my left calf.....I've either lost so much muscle I can't notice the flex or I simply can't flew it at all. And is the 40 days for full WB walking or partial?

    Ed

     
    Old 08-29-2008, 05:13 PM   #39
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    Re: Fractured Calcaneus 2

    Hello all,
    For those new to the post, sorry you are here but remember (as joe says) BE POSITIVE! It will get better. Some things that seemed to help me...I joined Netflex and had movies delivered, as soon as i could get out i went to the public library and checked out many books and i also developed a little bit of a schedule. For instance, i got up, read the paper, had breakfast, watched Look What I Did on hgtv, then i would exercise(first just with some dumbbells, and then added leg lifts, leg curls, sit ups and push ups) then went to the computer. Just having a little bit of a schedule seemed to help. Also, so i felt proactive, i concentrated on drinking plenty of water(the thinner the blood, the easier it flows to your heel, right?) I also started eating a lot of fruit, especially watermelon after i heard it has the same chemical as viagra(which helps with blood flow) To the heel of course. Picking a few things that you can control, such as diet, exercise and fluid intake seems to help you keep a positive attitude. Good Luck.
    Take care
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    Old 08-29-2008, 06:28 PM   #40
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    Keeping yourself busy:
    I also got a Netflix subscription but one where I could watch movies online. It helped pass the time a lot quicker. Reading always put me to sleep so if you can sleep at night after taking a nap during the day go for it. I quickly found out that it wouldn't work for me.
    As of today I completed my second full week back at work. I work sitting down most of the time and am able to roll around with my chair instead of crutching around from place to place.
    Ed:
    I've been flexing my calf also, I figured it out by putting my good foot (right) at the same angle as the injured one and tried to flex my calf then tried the same on my injured one. It took awhile but we all seem to have an over abundance of time lately.
    I hope being younger helps, I wouldn't mind having that in my corner. I'm a 25 year old non smoker.

     
    Old 09-01-2008, 02:07 PM   #41
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    Hi Carole,
    I was not allowed to WB for 12 weeks and then only partial WB for next 6 weeks and so on.Please listen to your doctor, I thought that I would never walk without aid again but in the last few weeks I have improved greatly so we will all get there

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    Old 09-02-2008, 08:40 AM   #42
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    Hello heelies,

    I spoke with my doc this morning about my aircast/ walking boot. I have been taking it off when I am sitting on the couch for a few hours. I didn't tell my doc this, but he told me today, not to take it off except for my bath or to clean the air cast.

    I am 4 weeks post op. He told me he will re analyze after he takes my xrays Sept 17.

    Hope everyone had a good weekend.
    Keep healing heelies,
    Ed

     
    Old 09-02-2008, 02:13 PM   #43
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    Hello Heelies!
    Dr. says I can totaly walk on my own 2 feet 10/8 so got just 36 days to go.
    I have not walked since 6/11 thats when my hyper was 86ed so it will be 16 week spent off both feet.
    Been looking forward to catching up with TChair.
    Flexing my calf involves the muscles & tendons in my ankle it's just been about 2 weeks since I've been able to do it, before that foot was to sore to try.
    I'm not sure about the watermelon but just read in a health book that rasberries will do the trick.

    Keep on healing heelies!

    Carole

     
    Old 09-03-2008, 06:48 AM   #44
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    Hi all,

    This is my catching up post and I hear Carole wants to catch up with me.

    I love to hear that ! Having a goal and taking each step towards it one at a time is the way to go. Several had docs told me that I'd never be able to do physically intensive work again. I used the goal of proving them wrong as my motivation. Many times at physical therapy I was tempted to ask for an easy session - heck, I wanted to just stay home some times - but I had something to prove. After PT was over I strove to do more and new things. Fell on my face in the first attempts at running and first trip to the beach had to crawl back to more solid ground. The process involved failures, setbacks, depression and sometimes fear, but I tried to make each day a fresh start. I didn't go by success vs failure, but whether or not I tried.

    Carole, I welcome you to the challenge. No promises that it will be quick or easy, but you will be proud and possibly surprised at your own strength in this adversity. One thing I have seen over the years is that regardless of the severity of the injury or complications, it was those who were most determined from the outset who had the greatest success. Prove me right, and inspire the newbies that follow.

    Ed,

    Here's how it works. For the first few months you have doctor's orders to follow exactly. Their job is to get you healed properly. Yours is to not louse it up. There have been those who fell asleep, woke up and stood up - oops, no boot! A few have decided that they could just take a few hops and landed on the foot. The doc knows what he's talking about.

    I am of the opinion that you should push it, do as much as you can as early as you can - but only with a doctors approval. Soon enough you'll be told: "Go forth and walk" with no restrictions. Don't do anything now that might create delays or difficulties.

    Aquagirly,

    Most of us fell and landed squarely on the foot so it's one hard whack breaking the bone. In MVAs even after the bone gives the tendonds and joints are taking more force. You surely have a very badly sprained ankle that can take as long as the fracture to get better. The others aren't off the hook because after the down time their ankles will feel loose, wobbly and complain when they start weight bearing.

    After I gave up on TV and read a stack of books I decided to trace my family tree. It can be fun, very consuming and an easier way to meet nice folks than breaking bones. You can even get free programs online for recording the info that are as good as the commercial software.

    Jim,

    You'll have that distinctive "L" shaped scar. That route allows the surgeon to avoid cutting any major nerves. You can still end up with a small numb spot in the skin but no big deal. The problem is that when the tissues with the nerves enclosed are pulled aside they feel abused and squawk as they recover.

    Now off to get some strawberries...

    TC

     
    Old 09-03-2008, 07:09 AM   #45
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    Had my doctor's appt yesterday. Got my stitches out for the second time. My movement is pretty good right now, as is my pain level. Haven't been on any pain meds since the week of my 2nd surgery. Doc said I'm still at least a month from any kind of weight bearing. Was hoping for sooner than that, but at this point, I don't want to do anything that could possibly set me back again. Down to 15 days left on the IV antibiotics, and am really looking forward to that day. This home-bound status is really getting old. Will get to go back to work on 22 September. It's now day 108 since my fall. Sure am ready to jump up and walk, but gonna be a good boy. The end of this is coming. Hope everyone is doing well. Keep on healing heelies.


    Jim

     
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