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I fractured my fibula at the ankle 6 weeks ago and wore a boot for 4 weeks it is still swollen why

A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Fehr
44 years experience Emergency Medicine
Fibula: elevate, ice and motrin. patience, for another 6 weeks
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Lullove
18 years experience Podiatry
Stress Fractures: Can cause long term swelling. Repetitive trauma to an area that underwent a stress fracture will continue to have stress-induced swelling. If you ar ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Follow up: You would certainly want to continue followup with your doctor. You could be in a normal healing process as talus fractures take several weeks to hea ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Would completely : Depend on the nature of the fracture.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Swollen ankle: No this is not normal/usual. Please go back to your orthopedic surgeon.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Albert D'Angelantonio
33 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Yes: Any fracture takes normally 6 to 8 weeks to heal. Residual fracture swelling happens for at least a year so yes this is normal. Give it some time.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: It is possible that you have chipped or fractured a bone. Prolonged swelling and pain after a fall could indicate that you injured the bone. see your ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Per Freitag
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Healing is slow: It is unusual that unless significant trauma you would break the 2dn metatarsal. How is your vitamin D3 level? I think it hurst more at night since yo ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Sheskier
38 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Depends: Did the heel hurt at the time if injury then possible have a missed injury to heel bone or soft tissues around it. New X-ray or MRI maybe called for. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
23 years experience Family Medicine
Common: This is common after such surgery. You may continue to have swelling for several months, particularly after activity. Using a compression stocking o ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Josef Geldwert
47 years experience Podiatry
Xray the toe again: Fractures to the small toe usually take between 6-8 weeks to heal if the fratcure is non displaced . If the fracture was displaced the healing can tak ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Follow-up care: Probably not an emergency, as a cast on for 7 weeks, may be the cause of some bruising. You should make a follow-up evaluation visit with your doctor ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
If the ligament was-: -on the little finger side @ the base of the thumb, known as the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal-phalangeal, it is possible that it was di ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
No: You should see a doctor for exam to rule out fracture or tear.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Keep it elevated: Keep the affected part elevated whenever feasible. Try to keep the affected raised at night. It should subside with time. If three weeks later, it is ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes for the swelling: As it can last for up to 6 months; while pain: maybe. In majority of pts, the pain is greatly reduced or is minimal. However many pts do get reinjured ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Variable: Your ors or assistant removed the cast i'm assuming ... After a fx. Of the foot or ankle swelling(esp.) and pain can persist for weeks after the fract ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmed Seman
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Check for blood clot: When you immobilize the extremities, you can have dependent edema(fluid accumulation due to gravity). However the more worrisome problem will be blood ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not unusual: Foot injuries can take a long time to heal and some discomfort with much activity can persist fora long time (6 months or more). It it is restricting ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vadim Glukh
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Rule out: Rule out direct weight bearing on the fracture area, see your doctor for xrays and evaluation as non-union is a possibility.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
38 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Post cast stiffness: It is very common for people who have been immobilized in a cast to experience stiffness in the joint (s) . This stiffness will usually resolve in a f ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. George Smolinski
16 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Definitely see a doc: This definitely requires having a physician evaluate you. Its very tough to try and decipher what could be happening to cause this pain on HealthTap, ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Talk to your doctor: It sounds like you need to see a physical therapist for treatment.
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Dr. James McClurg
34 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Something : Something is not right. Have some follow up x rays. The fracture may not be healing normally. If the fracture is good look into the peroneal tendons.

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