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In march 2016 I dislocated my foot and broke my. Tibia and fibula I am now 10 weeks post op I walked awkwardly yesterday with no crutches but my foot swells up again I was on it a lot I got up today and it hurt needed a crutch to get about walked for a bit without it not much as it still swollen and red how much or long should I be walking before I rest it doctor says walk to get the blood flow and swelling down but after a bit of walking it swells and I can't do any exercises up down side to side while swollen is this normal process for screws and a plate any help appreciated

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    It is normal for swelling after surgery with plates and/ or screws and can take up to 12 months to reduce. I'm 8 months on and still have swelling, but has got better recently. I would suggest you walk until uncomfortable, as everybody is different, but if unsure contact your gp.
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      Thanks Patti, you are a wealth of knowledge and so supportive to people on this forum. My swelling is slowly improving and my walking too, especially on slopes, ramps  and stairs. I hope everybody including yourself reading my post has a quick recovery. 
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      Thank you Paul! smile I know you have been so patient with your recovery and it looks like things are moving forward really nice for you lately. So happy to hear that!
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      My recovery is slow but have noticed some improvements recently. I'm hoping that I carry on with recovery as the last 8 months have been a testing time.
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    Hello

    I presume your doc has given you recommendations

    At ten weeks, I started RICE protocols. REST : ICE : COMPRESSION : ELEVATION

    It takes time to recover

    I found that a compression bandage tube from foot up to knee and back again when I stood in the kitchen, really helped the swelling

    I also have Epsom salts foot baths every morning starting with hot water for 10/15 minutes and then cold water for 10. I then massage my foot and calf and do scar tissue massage with bio-oil and then my exercises and the elevate with ice packs.

    Do you find everything takes ages

    Good luck with your recovery

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      Patientholland- I do that too and do a set of foot exercises in the bath each morning. Have you tried to do your stretches there? Feels really nice! I ice right after vs. the cold bath. I know some people haven't had luck with the Epsom salt baths...but I love them too! They seem to suck half of the swelling out of the foot temporarily....kind of crazy, huh? I also love the Arnica & MSM Natural Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Relief Cream from Amazon. Can't live without it now!
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      Thank you Patti I will try the epsom salts soak I've had 2 tubs of arnica

      Over time but I feel it's pulling my foot I know it should do that but I think most of bruising gone now I couldn't take antiinflammatories so that was my big problem

      Thank you for your help x good luck with your recovery xdawn

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      The doctor just told me to walk on it didn't say for how long he told me to get more movement into my foot but when it's swollen I can't do much I'm going to ask my g p to send me to physiotherapist to help hope you recover soon x dawn

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      Hi Patti. What is MSM ANTI- iNFLAMMATORY !!! I have to be sooooo frugal with anti inflammatory and limit to twice a week
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      Hang in there.. I know it is different for each individual but I noticed a big difference at about 12 weeks. I also started walking with less aide about then. I am only 14 weeks now and it just gets better every day. A huge improvement from where we all started.
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      If you just look up the name " Arnica & MSM Natural Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Relief Cream " on Amazon, you will find it. It's just a cream, not a pill you take, so you should be fine I think. 
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      Many thanks Patti. It's what I need. In fact, I was so dissatisfied with my consultant dismissing my concerns about inflammation for the last 6 weeks that I finally sought a second opinion. Had CT SCAN and Ultra Sound and I have Synovitis. Am having steroid injections to calm the whole area down. Feel I have wasted nearly two months in terms of potential recovery time because of the stubbornness of my surgeon. Thanks again
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      Thank you doctor didn't give me any info just 1 exercise I'm 10 weeks post op today walking on n off with n without a stick still need wheelchair when shopping as I can't walk far yet I've been to get some epsom salts to start doing a foot soak for the swelling.youre comments about rice

      We're very helpful I will be doing that I was thinking I was behind with still having swelling the surgeon is taking my screws out in 11 weeks seems like a eternity as they dig in so bad counting every day xx dawn

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      Thank you doctor didn't give me any info just 1 exercise I'm 10 weeks post op today walking on n off with n without a stick still need wheelchair when shopping as I can't walk far yet I've been to get some epsom salts to start doing a foot soak for the swelling.youre comments about rice

      We're very helpful I will be doing that I was thinking I was behind with still having swelling the surgeon is taking my screws out in 11 weeks seems like a eternity as they dig in so bad counting every day xx dawn

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      Have you been referred to a physiotherapist who would be best placed to give you a specific individual and exercise programme tailored for your needs.   Keep your foot elevated as much as you can.  I used a compression tube doubled upfrom my toes up to my knee and back down to my toes was excellent to suppress the swelling when you are standing for long periods.  
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      Oh boy! At least you stuck with it and made sure you got it figured out. So sorry you had to go through all that!!
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      It is a cream almost like a bengay with arnica in it. It's not pills. I'll text you the words for the search again when I find my container of cream. I can't send the link because it won't make it to you.
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      I am going to try a compression tube. I'm really curious about that. I have been putting on cream to massage my foot several times a day still and then wrapping it with an ace bandage, but the compression socks or tube would probably be even better. 
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      I have also been massaging my foot and calf daily with the tiniest bit of bio oil.  I also then do a scar tissue massage all over the scar and the surrounding areas and also all up my calf to my knee.   This type of massage cannot be oily as I need to get deep in order to pull the bands of fibers below the surface.  I am hoping this will help long-term and prevent the destructive effects of adhesions
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