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Broken knee cap, whole legs turn black while on crutches until they are elevated, knee cap swollen. Normal?

I broke my knee cap on Dec.31/12, vertically. No treatment was offered after the x-rays. I was told to keep it immobile for 6 weeks and then try to walk on it. It s been 5 weeks now, and if I m not sitting down and elevating it at all times, my whole leg turns a dark blue/black when I m up on my crutches. The same thing when I get out of bed in the morning - my whole leg is dark blue/black until I elevate it while sitting on the recliner. The knee cap is also still very swollen. Is this normal? I was told I could go back to work in 6 weeks, but this does not seem posslible to me.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
After fracture haematoma formation(collection of blood) occurs. On hanging the limb blood can pool down due to the effect of gravity. on elevation of limb swelling and discolouration subsides. So I suggest you to give rest to the limb and elevate it.
I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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