Fracture of the heel

I fell down the stairs over 2 weeks ago and now have a fracture of the left calcaneal (heel) as well as a normal fracture at the base of my 2nd metatarsal on the right foot! It is the heel that I’m concerned with.
The surgeon advised the pros & cons of surgery, bone infection, not healing properly etc and I opted out due to too many risks for little gain.

I now have to non-weight bare for 2 months and then partially weight bare for the 3rd month. All I can do is keep trying to move my foot up and down and from side to side. The surgeon & consultant have stressed to me that it is a serious injury and my foot will never be normal again and with or without having surgery now, the chances of having to have a fusion op within 3 to 5 yrs is high.

I was intending to train as a Midwife in a year or 2 but this doesn’t seem likely with what I have researched on these kind of injuries as being on my feet a lot, although I have had no clear cut answers from anyone about the long-term future as yet. Any ideas on the long term condition of this injury…anyone?
Thanks in advance

Posted By TINA SMITH on June 29, 2004 at 12:38:17:

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