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Broken leg, done surgery. Pain when walking and in morning. How to ease pain?

Back in 2007, I have broken my right leg in two places above the ankle. The doctors have done surgery and placed a single metal plate and eight screws to hold the bones together but never took it out. Now, not only do I experience aching on cold mornings, but it sometimes aches while I walk. Also, I have ridden a horse today, though, the way I had my foot positioned in the stirrup caused more pain when I tried to ride. Do you have any information you can give me on how to ease or cope with the pain?
Asked On : Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
This is just to inform you that aching in the legs during cold weather is a normal finding especially in the morning hours as the soft tissues (ligaments & tendons) will become stiff at cool temparatures and while trying to stretch them gives some pain.

I think the surgery that you have undergone 6 years back and the pain you are experiencing now has got no relationship. Propably , the pain may be due to soft tissue strain in the foot. Try the following for pain relief -

* Rest
* ice packs
* analgesic medications
* elevation of foot end
* elastic compression bandage

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Fri, 12 Jul 2013
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