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I'm a teen female, and I severely fractured my calcaneus (heel) in early March by jumping down 5-7 feet. The fracture went 80%-90% of the way through my heel, and some liquids from my bone marrow seeped into the fracture, so when I got an X-ray soon after the injury, it semed normal. Thinking it was fine, I ran on it. When the pain worsened, I got an MRI, and the doc put me in a cast on April 22. I got it off May 26.
I'm having immense pain, whether I'm walking, resting my foot on a footstool, or lying in bed. I'd almost rather be in the cast. It hurt less that way. When I wake up (if I've gotten any sleep) the pain is crippling, and I can hardly get upstairs to the bottle of Tylenol to take some.
Has anyone else had a similar injury to the heel? Does anyone who's been in a cast have an estimate on how long the pain will last? I'm always on Tylenol, but is there anything else I should try to relieve pain?
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I'm going to monitor my pain until Thursday (1 wk. post removal) and if the pain is still the same, I'll get an appointment in.
Thanks for sharing! Just curious, at the site of the break, was there a round, white, raised bump over the injury? On the bottom of my heel, I have a bump about the size of a quarter and the height of 3-4 quarters. I asked around to people I knew that had broken a bone, but they didn't have a bump. All of them did break a bone in their arm, so maybe this is foot specific, or maybe even only under the foot? It doesn't hurt to the touch, though, so I don't think it's a stone bruise.
I started swimming today, and my only additional issues were with pain while flexing and pointing my foot, but I suppose that's to be expected.
I'm looking for a painkiller that I can take between doses of Tylenol since it definitely wears off a bit between doses. I can't take ibuprofen, since it stunts bone regrowth, and it needs to be somethng that doesn't contain acetominophen. If you have any ideas, that's be great!
How long was it before you could walk around/sleep pretty painlessly? Everyone grows differently, but I'm trying to get an estimate for when I'll be able to run again. I'm allowed to run in about 9 days, but being allowed to do something and being able to do it are two very diffeent things.
I'm not doing any PT. In the States, my insurance doesn't cover it and it gets really expensive. If the pain doesn't get better, though, I'll ask about it.
Good to hear that your recovery is progressing! Hopefully the swelling/redness stops soon for you.
I've spoken with my parents, and they also agree that the pain shouldn't still be at the same level, so if there's no improvement tomorrow, we'll call my orthopedist.
Once again, thank you for all of the information! It has been so helpful learning about another experience with a foot injury.
hi... was searching for this query on Google and came across this. i had a fracture and currently on cast. so wanted to know 4 years down the road hv u guys fully recovered? thanks
It depends on the issue and depends on the area of the body, more muscle, longer pain.
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