Calcaneus Fracture w/ subtalar comp.

On April 1st I was involved in a head-on crash with another vehicle. The impact broke my calcaneus and damaged my subtalar joint requiring ORIF. Fortunately, the break ( I've been told ) was longitudinal in nature and normal shoes should fit once I'm healed. My casts were just removed ( May 12 )and I have started therapy.

My Questions: After my first 2 therapy sessions, my foot has developed severe swelling (again). My therapist and doctor indicated that this swelling is normal and could persist for as long as a year! Is this normal with this type of fracture and how hard should I push myself? I was told to let pain be my guide. Should I wrap my foot to control the swelling? Ice? Heat? or combination. Limit salt intake?

Want to be very aggressive and get well!

Thanks,

John

Posted By John on May 16, 2003 at 16:26:15:

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