Sorry to bump an old thread, but I found this via google and I'm worried.
My son has been working out of state as a ski instructor for his first season. He just called me today. He injured his heel on his day off. He's going to the resort clinic tomorrow. I fear I might have to bring him home early. It will break his heart.
From reading this thread, it seems severe heel injury is fairly common in skiing. He said it hurt like hell when it first happened. But he was able to ski on it without it hurting for six more runs. That's when it started hurting again. He stopped and called me. I told him to take ibruprofin, ice it, elevate it and to go to the clinic tomorrow if it is still hurting him. By the time he got home, it was killing him to walk on it, but the clinic was closed so he has to wait until tomorrow.
How bad does this sound? Is it possible he can recover in two weeks with bed rest? Should I trust remote mountain doctors? Or should I bring him home to the big city to see a specialist?
I don't want him to miss out on finishing his first season, but I feel it's important to look long term---so he can have future seasons.
I'm not looking for medical advice. We'll get him the best treatment possible. I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that one way or another he will have a ski career in the future.
I bruised my heal very very badly on the golf course of all things. In college I lived in a house that backed up to a golf course, At sundown we would hit balls on the par 3 behind our house, and bring our boxer puppy to go run. Well one night I was runing down the side of the fairway playing with the dog. He was chasing me, I go to jump off a sandtrap that was a large divot in the ground, porb 6 feet or so deep. I jump off the top of the sand trap, go to land, and some how, land with my right leg complete extended. All my weight went right to my heal, I had never felt so much pain in my foot. I thought I had broken it. Could hardly walk, couldnt put any weight on my heal. I called up my uncle who is a doctor, he said you can infact fracture your heal. Went to the doctor got x rays came back with no fracture, but a very very bad bone bruise. It took a good 2-3 months before the pain in my heal went away. Very frusturating injury becuase your heal suports so much weight of your body,