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Recently fractured ankle, malleolus. Why is foot purple and swollen?

My sister recently fractured her right ankle(malleolus? 3 separate fractures and a tendon torn requiring surgery). She does not have a cast post surgery. She is on no weight bearing for 8 wks post surgery. Here is my question, her foot is peeling chunks of skin? what causes that? Also the foot is swelling and purple after being up for only a few minutes to go to the bathroom. Is this circulation problem? should she call the surgeon?
Asked On : Wed, 22 Aug 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

I have studied your case with diligence

Yes it can be circulation problem you should consult your doctor.

Till time keep limb elevated.

Tab chymotrypsin may help.

Peeling of skin can be due to immobilisation.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

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Answered: Fri, 18 Jul 2014
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