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Metal rods in the ankle. Reddish mark on the leg, swollen foot and leg. Reason?

My father had his ankle area reconstructed 5 months ago. He had 2 rods and some kind of putty stuff to fill a hole in his bone. 5 months later. foot and leg are swellen. There is a large red mark on his leg about the size of a hand print. The mark is hot to the touch. The red mark appear to be traveling up is leg. What could be causing the red mark with the hot to touch
Asked On : Mon, 17 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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The hot red mark on the leg is likely to be due to an inflammation of the blood vessel in the area due to a prolonged immobilization. It needs a direct physical examination for proper diagnosis and treatment. Color doppler study is recommended.
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Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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