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I cut my heel open and I still can't walk. How much longer?

Asked by SkittleKicker (13points) July 15th, 2014

I cut the back of my heel open over 4 months ago and ended up with 11 stitches, and just missing the Achilles tendon by 2mm. I have a walking boot with wedges in it but I have been told it will take me almost another 2 months to remove these. Is this normal? I know all cases are different but I’ve seen others that say they could walk properly after 3 months. Even now I can’t bring myself to walk normally with this boot, I guess I’m just curious to how much longer this could take or if anyone has any information at all that they think could help. Thanks.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

Your doctor is the only one that can tell you how much longer this is going to take. The length of time is dependent on the severity of your injury, your body’s healing time, and then the time it takes you to regain any function that was loss during this time.

If you don’t already have a follow up appointment scheduled with your doctor, you should make on so you can discuss your concerns with them.

marinelife's avatar

When you think of it this way: that you are putting the whole weight of your body on the split, which sounds pretty serious, you can see how easy it would be to open it back up again. I am sure your doctor is very cognizant of how long your particular case will take. If unsure, call the office and ask him.

CWOTUS's avatar

Welcome to Fluther.

I just hope this isn’t another “Doctor, will I be able to play the piano when I’m healed?” question.

As @Seaofclouds has noted, the recovery time depends on the depth and severity of the injury, your own body’s time to heal (and your doctor’s aversion to risk, which is also a factor) and your ability and inclination to follow instructions and accelerate or retard the “therapy” portion of the process, which will be to “recover lost function” from the injury.

On the other hand, if you had trouble walking before the injury, then you will have more trouble now.

SkittleKicker's avatar

@Seaofclouds thank you, very helpful:)
@marinelife thanks for taking your time to answer:)
@CWOTUS no trouble walking before, it all came with the injury, thanks:)

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