I had a broken calcaneus, broken on Jan. 7th 2004 and had surgery to repair this. I had the Os Calsis (Atkins) surgical procedure with a plate and I think, seven screws. I have had extensive rehab therapy for five months.I was told that without the surgery I would never walk again, and most likely need a fusion later to fix this. I chose the surgery, reluctanly, and I feel it was the right decision. I can now walk relatively well with minimal pain and discomfort. They tell me this will improve with time as it takes a full year from surgery date to fully recover. So, one must be patient. I feel I have already regained around 45 to 50% of my range of motion. With the most difficulty in the Subtalar Joint area thus preventing my Inversion and eversion motion to return. However, they tell me this too in time will improve to perhaps 65% of my original motion.Each one of us has to make the final decision, however I feel that surgery is the best solution. Mind you, it's a painful surgery, and recovery is long. But, you can do this, I did, and others have as well, and most do OK. You have an advantage over me, as you are younger than I by 23 years and will heal quicker as a rule. I hope this helps you, and a lot depends on the severity of the break, and the distance you fell. The higher up you were means gravity pulled you down that much harder usually resulting in a worse break than from a short distance fall. Consider this, if they do surgery now they can restore the Heel bone to it's original heigth and size pretty accurately. However, if you leave it to heal alone, you'll be stuck with what position the bones are in when broken. That is not a good thing to leave broken bones in an un-natural position. Best they be placed back into their natural position as close as possible. Take care, and best of luck in what ever you decide to do.By the way, I still have days that I am worse than others, and I was in a NON Weight bearing mode for three months, with an Orthotic Walking Boot for one month before wearing a normal shoe.Also am limited as to how far, and how long I can be on
this foot without starting to have pain and fatique of muscles.So, as I said, it's a long road to a full recovery, and you must expect this so you know ahead that it does take time. And lots of it!