It has now been four week, and two days since I broke my foot. It’s been a strange adventure which I documented in a couple of previous posts.
Here’s the quick review:
- I broke my foot playing basketball.
- I was put on bed rest for two weeks.
- The swelling and bruising were still very intense after three weeks.
- Two days ago, someone gave me a scooter to use…it has been fun and dangerous.
This led to a number of lingering questions:
- Will I need surgery?
- When can I start walking again?
- When does the boot come off?
- How long until at the doctor decides to amputate? (only my mother was worried about this one)
Today I received my answers!
As of one hour ago, I received an update from my doctor on my foot, and the results were good.
To give you a slightly expanded explanation about what happened to my foot, apparently it was a butterfly fracture in the jones region. I attempted to Google images of what this means, but the images which came up almost caused me to pass out. So I opted against posting those images.
Essentially in the jones region of the foot (which has low blood flow and is thus difficult to heal) there was a double fracture. The bone was broken into three pieces. The reason they didn’t perform surgery is because the bone pieces were too small. There isn’t really a way to insert a screw.
Therefore, the best remedy is simply keeping weight off of it.
I am happy to report that my foot has been healing well. The bone no longer looks like three pieces. It looks like one piece which is cracked (this is a good thing). There is no reason to think I will ever need surgery.
The current results:
- I can and should put weight on my foot.
- For the first week it is recommended I use one crutch.
- After one week I can walk on my foot with the boot without crutches.
- After a month, if things go well, I will get a medical shoe.
- After two months, if things go well, I will be back to normal life.
The most important thing of all, I can sort of drive now!
So that is where things are at. I’m excited to return even a bit more to normal life.