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Heel Fracture

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Having gone through my life without ever having broken any bones,  I fractured my right heel today.  I was jumping across a small ravine, shallow ravine....my tennis shoe slipped and I fell and hit my right heel hard -- apparently hard enough for a piece of it to break off.  Achilles tendon in tact.  Will be going through surgery and then off foot for some time.  I understand it was highly unusual.  Should be ok for next ski season but marathon plans for this summer/fall are off.  If you have any experience with this kind of  a fracture, I'd be happy to hear about it (but please keep any potential negative impacts re: skiing to yourself!).............................

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Hi, sorry to hear of your injury, hope this helps.

 

I broke my right heel back in '85 or so. My surgeon put it back together with two, long screws. My achilles was also intact. I did lose some sensation along the outside of my big toe, other than that, its been 25 years of no problems.

 

I ran the White Rock marathon in Dallas the following year, or the one after that...don't recall exactly.

Your heel will probably be fine, mine never hurts, totally trouble free.

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Sorry I can't offer anything but commiseration and good vibes.  I know your positive attitude will help with a speedy recovery!

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Hi Ski Spirit.  Sorry to hear about the heel.  I crushed mine back in 81 in an auto accident.  Although mine was crushed and your fractured, heels can be pretty tough to mend because of the constant impact.   The most important piece of advise that I can give you is to go to an orthopedic doctor that specializes in feet.   For years I messed around with orthopedic doctors who insisted that there was nothing that they could do for me other than to inject me with cortizone every 3 months to help with the pain.  Finally 8 years ago, I found a orthopedic doctor that works on only feet and ankles.  He gets orthopedic doctors from all over the country doing fellowships with him for this specialty.

 

I wish you the best of luck and would be happy to give you any more information if you need it.


Edited by Snowmiser - 5/17/2009 at 01:23 pm GMT
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Hi, sorry to hear of your injury, hope this helps.

 

I broke my right heel back in '85 or so. My surgeon put it back together with two, long screws. My achilles was also intact. I did lose some sensation along the outside of my big toe, other than that, its been 25 years of no problems.

 

I ran the White Rock marathon in Dallas the following year, or the one after that...don't recall exactly.

Your heel will probably be fine, mine never hurts, totally trouble free.

Snowfan, this helps a lot!  Thanks for posting!

 

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Sorry I can't offer anything but commiseration and good vibes.  I know your positive attitude will help with a speedy recovery!

    Thanks bumpfreaq!  I appreciate your good vibes.  Mr. SS has an orthopod who is practically a member of the family (2 shoulder/2 knee operations) -- so I should be in good hands.

 

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Hi Ski Spirit.  Sorry to hear about the heel.  I crushed mine back in 81 in an auto accident.  Although mine was crushed and your fractured, heels can be pretty tough to mend because of the constant impact.   The most important piece of advise that I can give you is to go to an orthopedic doctor that specializes in feet.   For years I messed around with orthopedic doctors who insisted that there was nothing that they could do for me other than to inject me with cortizone every 3 months to help with the pain.  Finally 8 years ago, I found a orthopedic doctor that works on only feet and ankles.  He gets orthopedic doctors from all over the country doing fellowships with him for this specialty.

 

I wish you the best of luck and would be happy to give you any more information if you need it.


Edited by Snowmiser - 5/17/2009 at 01:23 pm GMT



 

     Snowmiser, we have my husband's orthopod in mind but your advice makes a lot of sense.  Have had this type of experience in other situations (there's not much we can do.......which turned out to not be true once you find someone  more knowledgable).  Will PM you.   Thanks!

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Sorry to hear of your misfortune, SS. I am a Radiologist with a particular interest in ankles/feet, but do not treat injuries. Of course, there are different kinds of fractures that can occur with any given bone, so much depends on what actually happened to you. The biggest thing is whether the fracture was simple or comminuted, or whether or not there were multiple fragments. If there was only one fragment, you will likely do very well. If there were multiple, which usually happens when falling from a height, like off a roof or ladder, then the picture gets much more murky. I agree that you would be best off in the care of an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in feet, or with a Podiatrist who specializes in injuries rather than trimming toenails. I deal with both specialties and one Podiatrist I know in particular is very skilled. From your first post, it sounds like your injury was fairly simple, and you should do fine. Good luck.

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Cosmuliu --  I think there is one sizable fragment and the surgery sounds similar to Snowfan's -- attach fragment with a couple of screws....so it doesn't sound as complex as Snowmisers injury (although she is doing quite well at this point).  Thanks for further validation re: orthopod foot specialist!

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My surgery entailed taking a 2 inch chunk of bone out of my hip, and reconstructing my heel with it with the help of 6 screws.  My achillies tendon was then cut in 3 places in order to lengthen it and the middle bone out of each of my toes, except for the big toe was removed and pins were put in in order to sraighten my severe hammer toes that resulted from the shortened achillies tendon.  I was then non weight bearing for 4 months.  Fortunatly your break isn't as bad.  I went through the "ringer" and am doing great!!! You'll do Fine!!!

 

Heal Well!

 

~Anne~

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Hi Ski Spirit,

 

I am reaching out to you, as I saw you had a calcareous fracture back in 2009.  I fractured my heel on March 9th is a ski accident.  My foot hot a tree that I saw trying to ski around.  Mine also was a clean break, just one piece and the achilles remained in tact.  The achilles pulled the bone right out.  Anyway, it has been 5 months and while I have come a long way, I am still limping along and don't walk particularly fast.  I am not in much pain, just frustrated by the slow progression of getting back to my normal walking pace.  Any advice or information on your story would be much appreciated!

 

Regards,

 

Jen

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Hi Ski Spirit,

 

I am reaching out to you, as I saw you had a calcareous fracture back in 2009.  I fractured my heel on March 9th is a ski accident.  My foot hot a tree that I saw trying to ski around.  Mine also was a clean break, just one piece and the achilles remained in tact.  The achilles pulled the bone right out.  Anyway, it has been 5 months and while I have come a long way, I am still limping along and don't walk particularly fast.  I am not in much pain, just frustrated by the slow progression of getting back to my normal walking pace.  Any advice or information on your story would be much appreciated!

 

Regards,

 

Jen

 

I had what sounds like a very similar injury (though not as clean) in December while skiing. (http://www.epicski.com/t/121035/ruptured-achilles-tendon#post_1605247)

 

Getting back to walking/running normally is going to take time. Are you working with a physical therapist on the limping (and underlying tightness or weakness)? Are you also still stretching daily? Hitting the gym?

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