Re: My husband's broken heels

One year ago, my 44 year old husband, Ken, fell from an 8 ft. ladder while building a new barn. He landed on his heels and broke both calcanus bones. Two weeks later, after some of the swelling had gone down, we visited an Orthopedic Surgeon at Oklahoma University Hospital. We were referred by an Orthopedist in our home town. We were given three names of Doctors who were familiar with this type of injury, and had performed surgery on others like my husband. Dr. Teague examined Ken and left it up to us to decide. He said that sometimes surgery was better, sometimes not. We decided to have the surgery. What a year we have had. Today after surgery on both feet, extensive therapy, and much pain, Ken is walking, working and functioning almost as he used to. He does most of the same things that he used to. He doesn't run. He doesn't jump. He is careful but if he overdoes, he pays the price the following day, with pain in his feet, and tightness in both heels at the achilles tendon. We purchased a foot massager. He puts ice packs on both feet when he has had a long day walking like going to the baseball game, chalking the football field,or going shopping. We have yet to see if he will ever be able to snow ski again. Our walks together with our little dog or the kids are no longer possible. But we are thankful that he can walk. He appreciates every step and so do I. He spent 3 months in a wheel chair, non-weight bearing. That was an experience. Now, he takes Ibuprophen for pain-every day. He refuses to take anything stronger for fear of becoming dependent upon medications. My advice to others with this same injury is: Wear shoe insoles,ice your feet at night if you have overdone. Foot massagers are helpful. Good luck! My prayers are with you.

Posted By rhonda on October 06, 2008 at 17:43:13:

In Reply to: A newbie - broken heels posted by cynthia hunt on August 09, 2006 at 22:09:50:

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