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  1. #26
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    Sep 2011
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    Swim finds in the bath tub. Now that will really make the wife happy, LOL..... Actually, as soon as I can (with Dr's ok) I plan to join a gym that has a pool....

    Thanks for the advice

  2. #27
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    May 2011
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    Yet another broken heel here. I was skiing Park Lane in Breck closing day yesterday and I came up short on a 45 foot backflip and landed straight-legged. I smashed on the knuckle, right ski came off, and right foot exploded in pain. I skied down on one ski, and hobbled to a ski patroller at the base. He checked me out, thought it was a heel injury and advised I go to the ER. At the ER, my x-ray showed a broken calcaneus. I have to follow up with a foot ortho today.

    The ER doc said it was likely that I need surgery. I'll find out more this afternoon. Any positive thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.

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  3. #28
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    That Sucks Zartagen! Sorry Man! Find a Orthopedic doctor who only works on feet and ankles. That will be your best bet for success! You've got kind of a long road to recovery ahead of you, but you'll get there! pm me if you want the name of my doc! He did an amazing job of fixing me after 2 other regular otho's left me limping!

    Hang in there and prayers and positive vibes for you!!!

  4. #29
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    Thanks, I saw a foot specialist here in Vail on Monday and had surgery Tuesday morning. He put in 2 screws and I'm non weight bearing for at least 6 weeks. Thankfully, my foot stopped hurting about 24 hours after the surgery. The worst part of this is a cramp in my right hamstring from holding up the hurt foot.

    I broke my back 2 years ago, so I'm no stranger to long recoveries. So far, this is a much easier recovery process than that was.

  5. #30
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    Sep 2012
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    broke both my heels 9-2-12 riding motocross and i dont need surgery on them.. just got my hard casts on yesterday, and the doc says ima need to have my casts on for two months! im hoping for a sooner recovery me being 23 and fairly healthy.. your guys thoughts? this is the best thread i came across

  6. #31
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    Whatever you do I wouldn't push it. As far as I know there is not much to be done to speed up recovery, and when I got back on mine too soon I ended up having pain for a couple of years. Suck up an extra month of healing time to not have to worry about it in the long term.

  7. #32
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    Sep 2012
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    @ cmor- thanks man. i guess all i can do is stay off them and try and eat healthy, wanna get back on my bike asap

  8. #33
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    thanks man, its cool to be able to talk to someone that had the same injury... how long was it before u felt like you were back to normal?

  9. #34
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    Hey guys, I'm 5 months out from breaking mine. I figured I'd summarize my recovery here.

    I was on crutches and in a boot for 2 months. I started easing into walking slowly, starting with one crutch. I went to no crutches and no boot about 2 weeks after that. If I walked too much, I'd get a serious limp and I'd have to take a day off the foot for it to feel better.

    I did PT from week 6 to week 12 twice a week, as well.

    The swelling didn't really go away until about 3 months out and that eased up the pain immensely. I then started walking more and suffered a setback when the doc gave me a night splint to stretch out my foot at night. The damn thing stretched too much and I had pain and swelling for another 2 weeks.

    From 3 months on, I started riding my mountain bike more and stretching and really working on my range of motion. The pain stopped coming from the fracture and more from the ankle movement. The more I worked on that, the less arthritic my ankle would feel. It would hurt that day, but I'd wake up the next day feeling even better.

    After 4 months, it certainly wasn't 100%, but it no longer held me back from doing what I wanted. I've been hiking and climbing and biking pretty hard with little to no pain. Now there's just a little ankle stiffness after a long hike.

    Because I got screws in mine, I was able to keep it moving as much as possible throughout the healing process. As soon as you can, I'd recommend moving your ankle as much as you can, but take it easy on the weight bearing.

    Keep your head up, it'll be healed before you know it.

  10. #35
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    Jun 2013
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    Hi, I have just registered because I have sawn this thread and I want to post my heel story, actually from the last Friday I have two On the 1 Jan 2003 I have just became confident in my backcountry ski abilities so I approached the first couloir. It was just above he hut in Rila mountains in Bulgaria where I celebrated New Year's eve the night before. The enterance was foggy and hard-pack so me and my friend took the widest one and I started first. Very carefully, turn after turn, I descend down until at some point the fog became not that thick and I saw the hut staying on a straight line in front of me. So I just put my skies straight like I was seen in the movies and got down on full speed. The feeling of gliding on the little cover of fresh snow was amazing BUT because of the fog I didn't see that between me and the hut there is a pit where a lake stays. And as it was in the beginning of the season, the snow didn't cover the rocks which were at the border of the lase. Thus, with full speed suddenly I saw that pit with tens of rocks in front of me with the size of pilates bows. My reaction was both legs close together tips up and ... I stand up and started move my hands, legs, I touched my stomach,I didn't feel pain at all! I saw my jacked was torn, helmet was scratched a bit and then I started feeling my right heel to burn. Fortunately, It was just in front of the hut so I get there on my own. I was so happy that I was alive with nothing broken, yes my heel was hurting but I could step on toes, I didn't have a lot of swell so I started drinking ... I even skied down to the parking on the next day, actually, it was much easier to ski down than to walk. I got X-Ray no fracture, so I was happy but I couldn't walk normally for months. As I said skiing was easier, in two months I got back on the boots but no running, no long walks. Even year after that I felt pain if I jump or run longer. So, it took years for the 99% recovery form that stressed heel. Nevertheless, since 2004 I am surfing, also from 2006 mountain-biking and skating, but since 2003 I got away from Capoeira, football and basketball. I am happy with the trade off, more outdoor stuff However, right now I am laying in my bad with swelled heel on the same foot. You can't believe how I did that. Three days ago, I was arguing with my girlfriend and suddenly I wanted to break something. I caught my Nokia E51 and smashed it in the pavement. Unsatisfied from the resulted destruction I jump and kicked it from above but the bloody phone didn't broke any more, unfortunately my heel might did it. I can't step on heel now and I have small blue spot on the bottom and on the lateral side of the foot. The swell is not so big after the amount of ice i melted. My feeling is that even if it is broken the procedure will be minor, staying in the bad and heel up for week or two, than you know you got on the road little by little. I remember the depression I got in 2003 and I can't believe that I did this to myself in such a stupid way. Hopefully I will recover one more time but I know how slow it is. Overall, my advice after the both accidents is, think twice before you act, especially when you do something you don't understand.

  11. #36
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    Feb 2014
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    lovnlif100

    Quote Originally Posted by rfus View Post
    I went big and hit the flats on hardpack up here in maine at the loaf. Big miscalculation.

    I was in my crossmax 10.0's and my left heel just completely blew up. I am 2weeks post op and was wondering if anyone had ever gone through this. I guess the bone chunks were good around the sub talar and the cartilage did not look damaged. This is a tough injury.

    Years ago, I dropped about 35 ft to the flats on a jump in winter park coming off a spin and attempting a screamin . I saw it coming and bailed. Broke three ribs and hand but was no where as near as painful as this whole ordeal.

    Gimme some hope
    Hi There!
    You've been given some very good advice... I was actually part of the original Yahoo group referenced in this thread. Please, please do listen to the advice to get a very Good/Reputable Ortho. Do your homework. It is Not an injury you can work through... in fact, you could 'very' well negatively affect your outcome if you don't understand this injury. The heel is like a light bulb (I was told) and may need an ORIF or time to heel. If not, you could end up with a displaced (blown out) heel and tons of issues. When they say wait to weight bear on this injury... they mean it. When they say it's time to get up and get moving, it's still with the right P.T. formula, etc. My injury was five years ago. I am able to do some hiking, definitely biking, snow-shoe'n, and some spinning classes, etc. There's pain. Be sure you understand what your injury is... and get the appropriate treatment. There's so much support out here and then there's wine!
    I wanna give you hope, but I also wanna tell you to be Very careful about that old saying, Push through this... there's no pushing through this. You are doing exactly what you should be doing by getting on here and asking questions. Keep Healin' Heelie!

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