Following surgery, a protective cast or splint is worn while your bones heal. You will not be able to put any weight on your foot for about 6-10 weeks. You may need to use a cane or wear a special boot when you first begin walking.
Physical therapy usually follows any treatment for hindfoot fracture. You will learn exercises to increase motion and strength in the ankle joint. Your physical therapist will help you learn to walk with assistance, gradually increasing the amount of weight that you can put on your foot as you gain independence.
Overall, hindfoot fractures can take a long time to heal, some up to a year. Your doctor will let you know what to expect.
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