Broken ankle !

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I broke my ankle on Wednesday went to a&e and got a temp cast put on it I'm due to go back this Friday to have a fibre glass cast put on. I've had it elevated most of the time since I done it I have moved around a bit more in the house today on crutches but noticed my toes go a darker colour when I move around and get an ache in my ankle for a few seconds then is fine when I elevate it again

I've been told by a friend that this is where the blood starts flowing properly because I'm upright after nearly a week of mainly elevating it. Is this right ?

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    Hello lisa

    Sorry to hear about your ankle and yes its normal...im 5 months pre ankle op and my foot goes all colours of red/purple once elevated it goes away...apparently swelling and the colour can last up to a year...just keep elevating it

    Take care Maria👣

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    Hi Lisa its really early days, yes on being upright your limb will become strange color, this will go off when you elevate it, also the pains are not nice but normal, you have a fracture and they are painful but will ease as time passes, when you go hospital they will give exercises to do, this will help and quicken up recovery, your young and will heal fast.

    Don't over do it though.

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    This is correct, and normal. I was told the same thing by my surgeon. Your broken foot will be darker, and will feel as soon as you stand all the blood rushing in. He did tell me to keep it elevated, so I use a pillow and stack towels on top. Ice Packs should be your best friends. Helpful for pain and decreases inflammation. I hope this helps you. Good luck with your recovery.
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