4 weeks post operation, swelling and purplish toes

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So... 24 years old broke my tibia and fibula with some torn ligaments. got the standard plate and screws. Luckliy since day 1 post surgery i havent had any pain besides the standard swelling when lowering my leg which i still dont find painful, more of an annoying feeling and the nerves on the top of my foot burn here and there. my question is when is my toe color supposed to return back to normal? i dont expect it to be right away but i was wondering if anyone had a rough guess? at 6 weeks im suppsed to get put into my boot for a month. i have school starting back up soon and i wont be able to elevate it nearly as often. any feedback helps! thanks

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    Do you have a bandage or cast on? Sounds like that could be a bit tight. Should be normal color. Swelling is ok, but color should be normal. Maybe a little pink.
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      I had a splint on for two weeks post surgery now I have a cast on. I've tried to do research on it.. but not many results. When it's elevated there's no color at at but when I'm on my crutches and my leg is completely down they are purplish. There's no pain just a little bit of a swelling feeling.

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      I am 14 weeks after my surgery. I am just now starting to bear weight on my ankle. As for swelling and the purple color that is very normal. I still have it going on myself and I can still feel my nerves trying to work. A lot of the discoloration is due to the original break and the blood trying to circulate properly through the broken area . I have a fantastic surgeon so I'm very lucky that he hasn't pushed me and he is making me take time to allow my body to heal. He said that the swelling will take some time as well as the discoloration. I could actually take up to a year before everything is back to normal.

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    Sorry to hear about your accident. Imy colour didn't ease for weeks. Had purple foot and toes for a long time. I'm 15 were since my fall and the only time my foot looks normal is first thing in the morning because my foot has been elevated all night. But within 10mins of being down the colour changes bright pink. Long haul ahead for all of us. Sx

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    Wow that awesome you don't have a lot of pain. Do your toes go back to normal when you've elevated awhile and are they swollen at the same time? I'm 4 weeks post op this week and my toes still turn purple and I swell. I've got my foot up right now for a break cuz I've been up doing stuff all day.. I would recommend a scooter if you don't have one. You can put your foot on that while you're in class and get around a heck of a lot easier. Massage your feet to promote circulation when you can. I find Motrin helps with inflammation. Good luck to you, welcome to ankle problems smile

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      As soon as I elevate my foot it goes immediately back to normal, the only time it changes color is when I have it down. Like I said I'm not too too worried since I'm still in the early stages only being almost 4 weeks out of surgery... but I was just curious since they sent very pink, they are a little darker. But I have full feeling in them and can move them fine

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    Hi, I had bimalleolar fracture and ligament damaged and had surgery 10 weeks ago. I'm in my boot now and able to walk with boot but still get swelling and purple/pink colour. Elevation and ice helps. It's not as bad as before and is definitely getting better. I think it is normal and I have checked with my physio about the purple colour who said it's normal.

    Please hang in there and have patience as you see changes every day when you are in boot and you will be surprised. I am able to walk with out crutches in my boot (not normally though) with bit of limping. My physio therapist has asked me to practice without boot at home.

    Elevation and ice would help but it will definitely get better and I can say at 10 weeks now and I only elevate once since waking up in the morning that is in the afternoon for an hour or so And only using ice pack at bed time.

    Good luck and hope you have a speedy recovery

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    I was just going to ask this question on the purple toes. I am 4 weeks now with cast and when my foot is lowered my toes get purple.

    Thank you all for this info smile.

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