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Have ongoing swelling and redness (and some pain)13 weeks after met. orif- top of foot and ankle. told to walk normally. ideas to get swelling down?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Possibly Unstable.: Swelling, redness and pain are three sure signs of inflammation. The question is whether or not these signs are part of the healing process or signs of a problem. Without knowing the specifics of the injury and your general medical condition, it is hard to make that determination. After 13 weeks, I would think that symptoms would be improving. It sounds as though a second opinion is in order.
Dr. Rajeev Sehgal
Podiatry 25 years experience
Get another opinion: After 13 weeks, there should be less inflammation. Without knowing specifics, the hardware needs to be checked for loosening, an infection needs to be ruled out, and chronic regional pain syndrome needs to be considered.

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