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Calcaneus Surgery ORIF Success Stories?


pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0
Steve sleo@global.co.za wrote: Nice going Pete. Drive carefully!!
Good news Jeff. Are you walking now??

Hi Steve It's a  supercharged...but ill try.

Other car its stick not any better,its turbocharged. ;-)

God bless you all,
pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0
Jeff Lower wrote:

SMALL VICTORIES BABY! 


I've been off the painkillers for a while now happy to report things are fine.

Nice Jeff , looks like time its key....


God bless you all,
pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0

Some update on my end ,got hard cast removed today,  not to much dead skin but still some..doc said x-ray looking good, got the nasa boot , and set me up for therapy tomorrow 1st (2 times this week) then about 2 times  week fallowing...my next doc fallow up in 4 weeks, today after hard cast removed was able to move the toes no problem , leg up and down about 1 inch, but could not move at all left to right ,i tryed and i can't do it feels like i forgot how to...so depressing, demoralizing about that...  at this stage dont know if is normal or not..


God bless you all,
Steve sleo@global.co.za · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0
  • Well done Pete. Progress! Don't stress about left to right as the PT will sort that out. I didn't have that but we're all different. Are you allowed to take the boot off to sleep and bath or shower? Keep focus on the small victories! 
pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0

Hi Steve , thanks for quick response,yes doc give okay to sleep without boot and shower,but no move left to right ,and believe me I try hard .... tomorrow I start PT I'm so down about it don't know if normal,also leg still big...
Also was first time I talk to him after surgery,he told me it's normal where I'm at and everything looks good (but then again all docs will probably say that)  and he told me all 4 screws are in the heel ,..

God bless you all,

Jeff Lower · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0
pete petem75 wrote: Hi Steve , thanks for quick response,yes doc give okay to sleep without boot and shower,but no move left to right ,and believe me I try hard .... tomorrow I start PT I'm so down about it don't know if normal,also leg still big...
Also was first time I talk to him after surgery,he told me it's normal where I'm at and everything looks good (but then again all docs will probably say that)  and he told me all 4 screws are in the heel ,..

God bless you all,

Well I can tell you're worried about your left to right. And you should be, but just a little. For now I'll tell you you went through a traumatic injury that definitely caused nerve damage and a little bit more. Your leg being stuck the way it was since your injury causes your foot muscles to atrophy pretty quickly. When you get into Physical Therapy try and be patient, I know it's frustrating. When you're doing your exercises I found it helpful to do the same exact movement with my good foot. That kind of helps with muscle memory I guess.. 


As far as me I got all my stitches taken out. My incision isn't killed by any means but it's sticking together. It's as attractive as a pig in lipstick.. but I don't really care. Taking things slow as there is no sense in pushing it. Dealing with workers comp is probably the biggest stress right now..

Steve and Pete and Bryan, I hope you're all well.
Steve sleo@global.co.za · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0

Nice going Jeff. Don't worry about the lip stick pig, nobody sees it!
Pete, I still struggle to move my foot left to right and I've been at it for 7 months! it does move and I can rotate and do the alphabet, but movement is distinctly restricted. I really don't know if I will ever have full movement of my foot, but I keep the PT exercises going in the hope .. . . .
You definitely have muscle atrophy, but PT should help  . . . . . . and time! Apart from all the other exercises I do, I also stretch my achilles by "pushing" against the wall. Good luck bud and keep us posted.

pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0

First thing first: Im happy today ,i woke up this morning ( some people didn't ) small joke ;-)
Thanks Steve, Jeff ,Bryan and all the others who share and help others with this injury...i really mean it.
Jeff youre so right about so much stuff ,including leg getting small (muscles loss)..
Again thanks to all of you who share info with  this lifetime changing injury,..
Last night  first time in 2 monts i got to sleep without  cast or splinters,,,feels so good ,
kinda don't wanna go back in boot now but i have to....
Man how we take things for granted  every day but when we loose them .....
About to go to my 1st PT in few hours ,will see how it goes....

God bless you all,

Bryan Stewart · · McKinney, TX · Joined Dec 2018 · Points: 0

Yes sir it is a very life changing ordeal.  And you never realized how important your feet are as well.  But glad your getting to the point where all those small victories begin to add up.

pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0

Came from my first PT ,they some how got me to move little left to right very little but its moving so it's hope,was told in this injury the hardest recovery ill be the ROM , left to right  period..and few others things ,I still have allot to catch up like curling the toes down  and so on,......was there for one hour,came home and pushed about 7hrs more  of rehab today...PT give me programs for home they seem simple but hard to do now..so I'll be doing them 5,times more than what they asked Me..
I'ts good to hear from you Bryan hope u getting better u self.
That's all for now ..

God bless you all,

Steve sleo@global.co.za · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0

Good to hear Pete, but please don't overdue the exercises, You don't wanna cause any damage nor go backwards . . .
Keep us posted

Jeff Lower · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0
Steve sleo@global.co.za wrote: Good to hear Pete, but please don't overdue the exercises, You don't wanna cause any damage nor go backwards . . .
Keep us posted

What he said.

pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0

Hello all ,so you saying to just stay within PT schedule? I guess ill do that , 3 times a day (8 exercises) its what they said to do the programs home...after all i just got off the cast one day ago so i guess its normal for leg to be where it is and ill just go easy on it for now.Thanks Bryan/ Steve/Jeff

One of the screws bottom heel.


leg  still swollen
 still cleaning dead skin off but  not only
4 screws in heel ,some cut  to about 2 1/2 inch ,no
idea why doc had to cut there....
God bless you all,
Suburban Roadside · · Abovetraffic on Hudson · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 2,089

RE: Life going forward, even if you were never a Climber now after this injury, you are . . .

Coming up on the 25th anniversary of my injury. Shattering the left heel into pieces and pulverizing the right heel/ankle/foot,  
Recovering from the dual injury took 4 years to come back to be 90 percent.
 I was able to return to climbing at a high standard but never hiked with full weight or ran without pain/swelling again.
Depending on the severity of the injury, a persons age, fitness and one's location/ability to get high-quality care at the time of the injury
 the level of life-changing after-effects from this injury varies widely.
While both were strongly recommended, I refused both fusion and removal of hardware from either foot.
A fusion of the one foot might have allowed for  Swimming laps to have been an exercise option...

As I've aged the loss of the ability to run & hike/walk long distances has had a great impact.
I like to say that I blame the 3 "W's": Walking, Weight & Work The 3 things that increased the most over time.
  Mobility in the early years of recuperation was a chore that I kept up with; actively pushing myself exercising & working out.
 Over the span of the last 10 years, an ever-increasing pattern of aging & sedentary lifestyle due to the demands
 of work & family obligations has led to what was the eventuality of increased arthritic pain & loss of range of motion.  
 

john gregory ·Wrote: 9 mins ago

I am a surgeon who performs this surgery and a lifer climber.  happy to answer questions directly or even review xrays etc...Bottom line with this fracture is the damage to the cartilage and the joint and how well that can be put back together.  if the joint isn't broken and alignment can be repaired, then return to active life is possible. Younger, healthier (people) joints fair best.  The other challenge comes if there are other injuries/fractures sustained at same time further delaying recovery.  Bone takes 6 wks to heal and most people take 6-12 months to total rehab.  


The Other 2 page Fractured Calcaneus thread is actually an older thread,  having been opened 4/1/2012
Jeff Lower · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0

Going to throw a Happy Father's Day out there to you fellas.  Your kind words and stories have helped me in some dark times. Have a great day.

john gregory · · Lebanon, NH · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 0

I am a surgeon who performs this surgery and a lifer climber.  happy to answer questions directly or even review xrays etc...Bottom line with this fracture is the damage to the cartilage and the joint and how well that can be put back together.  if the joint isn't broken and alignment can be repaired, then return to active life is possible. Younger, healthier (people) joints fair best.  The other challenge comes if there are other injuries/fractures sustained at same time further delaying recovery.  Bone takes 6 wks to heal and most people take 6-12 months to total rehab.  

Steve sleo@global.co.za · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0

Thanks Jeff and a happy fathers day to you!
Pete, I know how you feel with the swelling - I had the same, but mine was right foot.
Thanks to John Gregory for offering advice and maybe John can explain the reason you had a screw placed under your foot and also the reason you have a cut on your ankle.
I had a shattered calcaneus and had screws and a plate fitted, but my cut was under my ankle bone. It would be good to know the reason.

john gregory · · Lebanon, NH · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 0

these extra entry points are true stab incisions where we put big pins into the bigger chunks of bone to toggle, joystick the fracture back in position.  

pete petem75 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2019 · Points: 0

Still in recovery/rehab mode here, went twice to rehab place not much good news,so far, leg needs to come back more up (im minus 15 on it) left to right only little movement , still cant curl toes down, and im 1 week out from hard cast,the people at rehab they good but can only do so much.... now good news ,no pain in it and im putting about 60 to 70 % weight on it...Honestly i think the rehab is the hardest part in this injury, and how lucky  you get...Thanks Steve,Jeff ,Bryan and now John for all the nfo

Gog bless you all,

Some pics from today,
still have to clean leg little more


Some pics from today,
injured led wont come back like other one

Some pics from today,
(rehab people told me to use compression sock during the day)


Before x-ray right when broken ,left after surgery.

2 weeks after surgery.
Mims I · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2018 · Points: 0

Anyone elses calcaneus deformed like this? I have a valgus deformity. They didn't do a surgery on it they just put it in a cast. My family doctor told me I cant wear open toes shoes anymore. But I don't believe that. Certain sandals do hurt my foot but some I walk normal in. My knee is also always bent upon standing and she said that's permanent and I wouldn't find a doctor who could fix that but I'm not gonna live with a bent knee forever. Like fuck that. What kind of shoes do y'all wear? Do u need orthotics? My foot is totally jacked up. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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