6 month post ankle avulsion and non displaced calcaneous fracture

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Hi good people,

This is the first time posting in a forum of sorts and I hope to get some clarity without needing a doctor visit.

6 months ago I took a tumble down a flight of stairs and fractured my calcaneous which did not require surgery, and suffered an avulsion fracture on my ankle. I wore the most conservative heel possible last week which was just an elevated normal shoe heel and suffered a great deal of pain the following day thereafter. Should this be 6 months post and after healing has taken place?

Also concerning is that my ankle is still very swollen and flexibility still not great at all. Standing on my toes of the affected foot is painful and not as easy as the good one. Will this ever end... And is time all that I'm waiting for to sort this out? Or is this the life I now have to succumb to? A fat ankle that does not allow me to run and play like other 34 year old...? Will I ever wear high heel again without having to suffer for it?

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    Hi Yosh! I am sorry that you are having a difficult time.

    I am running out of patience too. My ankle was fractured awhile ago. I was 8 weeks in a cast. In the beginning, I thought once I was out of the cast everything would be back to normal; wishful thinking it turns out to be.

    I hope things will be back to normal soon for you. I go through cycles of feeling somewhat optimistic and then thinking of worst case scenarios.

    I am nervous about the X-ray results I will get on October 31st. There always seems to be something else to worry about Yosh. I feel like crying sometimes.

    I never signed up for this adventure as you didn't.

    At the physiotherapist's appointment I was told to stand on my toes and did that hurt my injured foot!

    It is so difficult to accept the way things are. I try to live day by day and not think about tomorrow; easier said than done.


    I understand what you have mentioned in your comment. I feel the same way!

    Take care Yosh.

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      Hi Carolyn, I hope you having a good day!

      I went for my X-ray, but no results yet. However, the doctor told me that if there was any kind of problem; I would get a phone call.

      I did an exercise a week ago that caused me a lot of pain in my injured foot.....standing on my tippy toes, both feet at the same time. Apart from that, my physiotherapist's appointment went well. He told me he was happy with the results. I was concerned with this new pain though. It seems to be slowly going away now.

      I stopped doing the exercises because I didn't want to do further damage. Once a few days goes by without the doctor calling, I will start doing them again.

      Like everybody else, I want to put this part of my life behind me so I can move on!

      Thank you for your concern Carolyn!

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    Hi Yosh, I had a fracture nearly 10 months ago and my anle is still swollen, my surgeon said it take at least 12 months to get back to normal. I have worn a tiny kitten heel for parties or the occasional gala night but decided it was not worth the 'after-pain'. I still keep trying though ;D.

    I have decided to sell my heeled shoe collection on ebay and buy new lower heeled ones when I can tolerate the pain more.

    An exercise which really helped me was to hold onto the back of a chair and stand on tip-toe 20 times, it hurt like crazy when I first started but it was worth it to be able to wear a slight heel. Good Luck.


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