Ankle remains swollen 1 year post fracture

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Last February I did a number on my right ankle. I ended up fracturing one side and sprained the other (broke off some fragments on one side but was told they wouldn't be an issue during healing). I ended up not needing surgery but had it set and put in a removable boot. I was non weight bearing for 3-4weeks and took the boot off by week 6. Now a year post injury I'm dealing with consistent swelling in that ankle joint (it resembles a baseball 24/7). Because of how swollen it remains, even during inactivity, I can't tell if it's swelling more than usual, but i def experience flare ups of pain and aching. Im not sure if this is normal or if the constant swollen state and pain is something I should have looked at again. I just hate going to the dr to be told to do something that I'm already actively doing (icing/elevation).

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    I definitely suggest seeing a foot and ankle specialist. That does not sound normal... i had the same issue but not from a fracture or anything just a severe sprain and now i am about to have my 3rd surgery in March because the problem still is not fixed sad good luck! Keep us updated!

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    I too broke mine last February, along with the 5th metatarsal which needed a screw in it. I was told to expect swelling for anything up to two years and that because both fractures went through joints the surgeon gave me a 99% chance of developing arthritis in it, telling me I needed to keep doing the exercises. I've managed to improve the strength and mobility, but it stiffens up easily, swells if I'm on it too long or walk on uneven surfaces, aches all the time and gets painfully very easily. I even have to watch what shoes I wear. I'm told I may have lost some bone density due to being off that foot (oesteopenia) which may be causing the pain, so I'm being sent for a bone scan just in case, otherwise it is very slowly improving, helped no end by needing to push a pram or supermarket trolley most days.
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    Hello Mrsmcpohs.

    I would definitely get your ankle re x rayed as a year on I would expect from what I have been told by docs and physio, that after surgery up to 12 months for swelling to reduce but only up to 6 months for non surgery.

    I slipped getting out of the shower, rushing around to try and beat the clock to get to work. I was advised to have surgery as it was better in the short and long term (consultants words) I wish I had waited and not initially had surgery, but you trust what they say. I have returned to work after 3 1/2 months and swelling is constantly there but after work it resembles a baseball and I am getting resentful of the whole situation. I have tried the massaging, soaking, icing, elevation, ankle support bandage... Nothing works. I would , as others on this wonderful forum have echoed to you, get it checked out. I would forget your doc , mine asked me why I was still on crutches after 3 months, I should be back to work and normality. I think these "professional" people think we enjoy being in this situation.

    Good luck 

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    Sorry to hear this - when I had my fracture last March I was warned that swelling & pain may take a while to improve - up to 2 years - but what you are describing does not sound normal & I suggest you get another x-ray. If this comes back ok I would suggest having some physio. I had intensive physio once I was out of plaster & it helped immensely! Good luck.
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    Have you seen a Doctor about the continued swelling?  Perhaps, the sprain didn't receive enough time for healing and is now objecting.  Sprains can be very troublesome.
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