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I fractured my fibula and dislocated my left ankle on July 13th.  I had surgery to repair everything and had a plate and 8 metal screws inserted.  The two largest screws which go thru the tibia for stabilization are being removed on Sept. 13th.

I had a second surgery on Aug. 20 to have bone fragments removed from my foot.  That was a nasty painful surgery.

I am now almost 8 wks. post injury and have been in a boot for about two weeks.  My problem is that when I am not elevating my leg, my ankle and foot go a purplish colour. When I re-elevate it, it goes back to the normal colour.

I am really starting to be concerned, has anyone else experienced this and does anyone know if this is going to be an added bonus to a really painful injury?

I would appreciate any input or comments, thanks so much!

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    oops...the second surgery for removing bone fragments was July 30th not Sept. 20th ...  maybe take one less pain killer..... lol
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    I'm 5 1/2 months and get bruising after swelling normal I'm told. I hope your in a levelling shoe while in boot. Keep body level and straight it preserve other bones. 

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      Hi Jenni,

      Thanks for your input ... I have never heard of a leveling shoe, but I will ask my surgeon and look for some info on them.

      I appreciate that suggestion.  Continued positive thoughts for your recovery!

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    Hi Deb, the thing that goes over your good shoe so that you are the same leg length as your aircast boot is called Even Up. You can buy those at any place that sells orthopaedic products. They're not very expensive. 

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      Hey Barb,

      Thank you so much for the info, I have never heard of it, but great idea.  Probably because this is the first time I have ever had to wear a boot, guess that explains it!

      Have a great day smile


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