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What causes inflammation of the broken foot and ankle?

I broke my foot and ankle and spent 4 months in a cast. After months of therapy I was not able to move my foot. I was told that inflammation had developed during the healing process, but do to not movement it had hardened and is holding the muscles together ,like a scab forms on the outside of the skin. What is this called and how is it fixed?
Fri, 27 Feb 2015
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hello

This is post plaster stiffness .

Wax bath physiotherapy will help for early recovery.
Hydrotherapy may also help.

You may have good relief with physiotherapy like IFT [Interferential therapy] and TENS[Transcutaneous electrostimulation] along with ultrasound.
So if possible you can start that.

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Wishing you good health.

Take care.
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