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A 56-year-old female asked:

Fractured fibula, high ankle sprain 5 wk. no surgery, immobilized, no weight. still having signif. foot swelling, numb toes and darker color top foot.

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Let me explain: The fracture have not healed yet, the numbness have to do with some nerve injury could be around the knee or down, the swelling could expected and also the discoloration is expected. Talk to your doctor if you have nerve injury from the fracture? Or some thing else.
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 40 years experience
NOrmal: Pain and swelling after a combined fracture/dislocation can persist for months. Follow up with ortho doc and xrays is required and pt is almost manidtory to regain motion and function. The numbness associated with a fracture sprain usually come from stretching the nerve(s) and may take up to a year to resolve.
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Dr. Oliver Wang
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 11 years experience
Normal: Findings at 5 weeks. Ankle fracture will take at least 2 months to heal. Darkness due to swelling leaving iron deposits tinting the skin. Numbness from swelling and possible nerve traction neuritis from the initial sprain.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Have it evaluated.: Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. You may have a soft tissue injury if it is just a sprain and may have damaged the muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the area. You may have damage of the articular cartilage of the ankle joint. An MRI may be useful to determine the extent of you pathology. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.
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Last updated Jul 8, 2019

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