6 weels post open fracture dislocation surgery please advise

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On the 28th of August i had surgery and k wires inserted in my right foot to repair a dislocated open fracture.

Last week i could not get to my hospital appointment and the dressing ended up being left on the wound for 2 weeks. Yesterday when i gone to my appointment they said the dressing had burnt into the wound and they had to pry it from the skin causing it to bleed. They said it was at risk of infection and booked me in for a wound check next week.

Noticed today that my dressing has a blowny, green colour to it. I'm not sure if this is just blood or infection. Image is on the link below. I would appreciate if someone could tell me if this looks infected.

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2lbmb1k&s=9

K wires was also removed yesterday and i was told that i can now lightly weight bear. They also said that they wasn't sure if the k wires had worked to fix the injury until they check the x ray results next week.

I'm experiencing a fair bit of pain when weight bearing although i can still move my toes. Could this be a indication that the surgical procedure has not worked to fix the injury? very concerned.

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    Hello

    I too had an open fractured ankle and the colour could be blood mixed in with any iodeen left on your skin from your operation...as i too experienced a green liquid pouring through my bandages x fingers crossed thats all it is good luck with your recovery x

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      You are right, they did put a iodine dressing on the wound that was orange in colour, hope its that smile

      Just as a side note question, did you feel pain when you first started bearing pressure on the leg/foot?

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    Yes, maybe I think it does you should go to your doctor and have them check it out. Just to be on the safe side remember it's your foot. Take Care💕Wish you all the best and hope it's nothing!smile

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      Thanks smile to be on the safe side, i will try and get a appointment with the after hours surgery.
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    Thank you for the replies. Does anyone know if its normal for pain when just starting to bear pressure on the foot?

    Fair bit of pain in the ankle and foot, nothing extreme and easily bearable.

    They said that the surgery might not have worked, they won't know until they check the x ray next week. So I'm a bit worried that the pain is a indication that it has not worked. But then i think, well surely its going to be painful with me not using it in so long.

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    Hi Paul! I fractured my ankle in 2 places 3 months ago and was in a cast for 8 weeks. Trying to walk on my injured foot was very painful and very stiff as well. I was told by the doctor and physiotherapist to expect pain and stiffness indefinitely. Your doctor should give his/her opinion and maybe refer you to a physiotherapist when it is time.  If I were you I would put minimum weight on your injured ankle until your X-ray is read. I hope everything goes well for you Paul.
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