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Hi all,

I broke my heel bone about 8 weeks ago. I have had no weight bearing on the foot since then, I have had two hard cast and I cam currently in an airboot. I broke my heel into 4 peieces, I did not need surgery since I had almost no displacement. I recently went for a nerve test and it was determined that I did not have any nerve damage or I should say the only nerve that has any damage to it is one that branches out to my little toe. The doctor is not sure whether the nerve will heal or not but since it is only a sensory nerve no one seems to be too concern about it. I still have some swelling but it's not that bad, I haven't experienced much pain either;), just in the very beggining but now not at all. Just once in a great while my heel will feel "tired". I am not sure when I will start physical therapy, I'm guessing next time I see my orthopedic he will send me for physical therapy. Once I start physical therapy what should I expect? I'll have to admit that I am scared to death of putting any weight on my foot. Even though I've been lucky with the pain so far I have a feeling that is going to end once I start therapy. Can someone tell me what to expect, any advice for the journey ahead would be appreciated.

Thanks
Hi Caroline,
I too broke my calcaneous 3 months ago and have been in a NWB cast for 3 months.
I am from UK but was on holiday visiting my family in Australia when I fell down a staircase at my daughter's home on a Thursday.Only the last step.

I was first told that it was a sprain on the Friday, but as soon as I got in to the house I had a phone call to say that the x-ray had showed a fracture and I had to go back for CT scan that showed a 3 mm heel fracture.

I had to attend the fracture clinic on the following Tuesday and was told all about the operation that I would need and not given any other option until I said that I couldn't have an operation as I had to return to UK to look after my elderly Mother who was in respite care until my return.He then said that he thought my break was nearer 2mm and I was then put in a fibreglass cast and was in no pain after that, just a little discomfort.I am 61 and not very confident on crutches so we purchased a wheelchair for the rest of my holiday and I used it when I returned home when going out with my husband but used a walker at home.

I had the cast removed last week and still told to only slight weightbear on my toes with tolerance, to have PT and to return to fracture clinic in 6 weeks.I am still using walker and wheelchair.

I was surprised that I can still not walk after all this time but I am having first PT tomorrow so hope this helps.

I slipped on the stairs yesterday, probably trying to be too clever and trying to go up on bad foot toes and caught my good foot on stair and wrenched bad toes slightly, pained all night and this morning but o.k. now.( I won't try that again)

How are you now and how are you with walking? it is so frustrating but when I try to WB my ankle hurts.
It is good to be able to read posts from others who have gone through this.
Nice to meet you all.:)
[QUOTE=chrisanderson;3736145]I broke my left heel August 2 of this year, and did not need surgery. I'm able to bear weight on it without crutches and walk around in the aircast, my doctor said I should be able to switch to sneakers sometime in the next couple weeks.

I'd like to start doing physical therapy - does anyone know of any good online resources for this (something that describes the exercises and equipment needed?) I don't want the expense of going to a PT if I can do them myself.

Thanks!

Chris[/QUOTE]
Hi Chris
Your injury sounds very much the same as mine. I have read some very frightning things about what to expect. I broke my right heel on 20th August this year. I had my cast removed after 6 weeks although my consultant told me the fracture was still there and because my last xray was done with my cast on he couln't see the new bone growing. I thought this was quite alarming. I was even more alarmed when he told me I could lightly weight bare. I have put some pressure on my heel and although its not really that painful on the heel it is painful around the ankle. Most people are told not to attempt weight baring until after 3 months.
Hi, not sure if anyone still follows this thread. I broke my heel bone back in July 2008. They put 11 screws in it to fix it and I've just completed my three months of non-bearing. I had no cast on just a bandage. I am about to start with physical therapy and was told I can start walking. The only problem is that I really don't know how to get back on my feet so hopefully the physical therapist will assist with this process as I've spent the last 3 1/2 months in the wheel chair and on crutches. I am really worried about putting any weight on the foot and just can't do it on my own. I will provide more information regarding my progress and would like to hear from others who had similar experience. Just let me know you're out there.
Thanks
Simon
[QUOTE=bohem;3763409]Hi, not sure if anyone still follows this thread. I broke my heel bone back in July 2008. They put 11 screws in it to fix it and I've just completed my three months of non-bearing. I had no cast on just a bandage. I am about to start with physical therapy and was told I can start walking. The only problem is that I really don't know how to get back on my feet so hopefully the physical therapist will assist with this process as I've spent the last 3 1/2 months in the wheel chair and on crutches. I am really worried about putting any weight on the foot and just can't do it on my own. I will provide more information regarding my progress and would like to hear from others who had similar experience. Just let me know you're out there.
Thanks
Simon[/QUOTE]
Hi,
It is early days yet but you will be fine, Your PT will have you take things very slowly and you must be patient. It is frightening after NWB for so long but you will be surprised how quickly you will get on to partial WB. I went from wheelchair to walking aid for a few weeks, then 2 crutches, now 1 crutch.

Good Luck

Pat





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