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Onlinedoc, General Physician
Category: Health
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Experience:  B.A.M.S with experience in Medicine,Ayurveda, Integrative, CAM
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I had 2 breaks in my right ankle, it was operated on and

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I had 2 breaks in my right ankle, it was operated on and plate and screws inserted. My plaster was removed yesterday after 5 weeks. I have been told to use a moon boot and put 20% weight on it. Please advise me on the best thing to do at this stage. It is going very dark red and swollen and hot if I even go to the toilet without weigh bearing. It is very painful. I'm am on Panadol 4 hourly. I have been icing it. Is all this all normal? Please give me some reassurance and information on what I am best to do for the next week.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 3 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. It’s my first priority and pleasure to help you.

I understand your concern.

As per your description,it's not normal to have dark discoloration,warm on ankle after 5 weeks..

It takes more than 6 weeks for a broken ankle to heal.

Swelling and pain can persist for a long period of time.

Main concern is dark coloration which shouldn't be ignored.

You should take OTC Advil.

Also elevate your foot.

Use crutches or a walker.

Physical therapy can be further advised for pain management and regaining mobility of joint,

You should see your doctor again for a clinical exam if pain is unbearable along with spreading discoloration and hotness.

Feel free for further queries. It's good to discuss rather than quit.
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