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Is a severe burning sensation normal after a broken bone? my mom broke her ankle 3 weeks ago and is now having severe burning sensations on the top of her foot. she says it feels like an iron or hot pokers are touching it. her doctor loosened the bandages

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Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
While : While it may be expected to have some discomfort, there are some types of pain that may signify something amiss. Burning or electrical type pain is often described as "nerve pain", meaning there has been something that has occurred to a nerve in the area in question. Sensation to the top of the foot is from the superficial and deep peroneal nerves. The superficial peroneal nerve may have been stretched at the time of the original injury, compressed by dressings or injured a the time of surgery (you didn't mention whether she had had a surgery for the fracture. It may be specfic to this nerve or may come to encompass the entire foot/ankle in what some doctors call a complex regional pain syndrome. Ask your doctor about this. There are some medications that have been shown to help this sort of pain. A pain relief doctor (a subspecialty of anesthesia) may be consulted as well.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Not normal : Her symptoms may be due to infection and you should see an orthopedic specialist.
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Last updated Nov 9, 2020


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