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I have been reading your posts for over a year now. I think it is time to join in the conversation, because I have tried everything, except surgery. I was on vacation almost 2 years ago and fractured both heels. (non-displaced fractures) I wore boots for about 3 months while they healed. But, continued with pain on the sides of my feet. My Orthopedic Specialist is a close friend and Dr and has treated me for all kinds of odd things I get. He diagnosed me with tendonitis (longus/breavis) on the outside of my foot where the bony prominence is (common with people with high arches). I tried non-weight bearing a couple of months with not much success. Then, he sent me to a radiologist for a steriod injection in the area of pain. Then, another 6 weeks of non-weight bearing, boot wearing. It did feel better for several weeks, but I still continued with the boot. I have been compliant even riding my wheelchair much of the last year and half. Last week I felt a pop and lots of pain again. Yesterday, I saw a Ortho surgeon in San Antonio (2 1/2 hours from home) that my Dr here referrred me to. Surgeon said that the longus tendon is now in horrible shape. And the bony structure on the side of my foot shattered a few days ago. Dec 13 he will do an open surgery to repair the tendon and suture it to the brevis tendon. Also, calcaneal osteotomy (re-breaking the heel and splitting it to straighten it with screws.) Sounds awful to me. But, thankfully I have been reading all about this thru many of your posts. Recovery is similar to what I have read too. 6 weeks non-weight bearing...depending on outcome of surgery/bleeding/infection,etc. .different casts and boots with long recovery and lots of rehab. Thank you for giving me the knowledge to tackle this.
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