Does the cold and damp weather affect the bones, particularly after ORIF?

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I had a triple ankle fracture and ORIF in March 2018. By mid July I recovered enough to be able to walk 7 miles. In August I was allowed to fly and spent a few weeks travelling, returning to.England last week. During my time away my ankle did swell up in.the evenings but otherwise did.not usually bother me. I should add that the countries I was in had warm/hot and dry climate. Now back in cold and wet UK; my ankle constantly swells up and is very painful even when I do not walk much. I think.that this is because of damp and cold weather. I would very much like to.know if those of you with similar ankle fractures have experienced similar reaction to cold and damp weather ?&

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    Yes it does affect your ankle. Had the same thing on my ankle I got two plates 18 screws broke my ankle two different places. If I was playing professional !! This would be a ending career!!! We got change in the weather over here supposed to be thunderstorm in and yet yes my foot really aches!! I can't imagine when winter comes!!!

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    Yes. I definitely think the weather causes our injuries to flair up. I definitely feel different when it's raining and damp. Granted the worst time for me is at night. At night; I usually feel horrible although I felt good in the AM. 

    And my sister's boyfriend - who also had the ORIF - lives in Missouri. He said the cold weather made his ankle - and the metal inside it almost unbearable. On some days the pain was horrible. 

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    I've heard that keeping your foot and ankle as warm as possilbe (thick, warm socks) helps. I've also read that the first winter after the injury is the worst.  I can't speak from experience.....yet.  

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      Icing your ankle when swollen or uncomfortable is the recognized method. I've never heard it said about keeping ones ankle warm and I've had two total ankle replacements and have been a member of an ankle replacement forum for a number of years.

      Cheers Richard

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