Is it normal to experience swelling of the ankle after a tibial fracture??

by April
(Clinton, IN.)

My son broke his tibia, mid shaft between the growth plates. He was in a long leg cast for 4 weeks, then they cut it down to a short leg cast for another 4 weeks. Last week they took the cast off, put him in a walking boot, and told him to remove it several times a day to exercise the ankle due to the immobility, his ankle needs to be strengthened..and they want him to gradually start putting his weight on it until he is full weight bearing. The ankle and foot are a little swollen, not extremely, but you can tell...is this normal? How long does this last? We do elevate it when resting, and he has used tylenol, and ice packs. Is there any type of exercise that are best to do with the ankle? What else can i try to get the swelling to decrease..it seems to be ok in the mornings, then as the day progresses it is swollen. He doesn't complain of any major pain, just that it's sore, which is to be expected for it being unused for that amount of time.

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Sep 13, 2016
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by: Andy

Hi i broke my tibia 3 weeks ago ive had rod fitted but i notice my ankle is swollen all the time, if i keep it elavated its comfortable but if i put it down it turns purple and starts to play up. Is this normal

Sep 10, 2016
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by: Anonymous

I have broken my leg both tibia and fibula on 7 may 2016 now 10 sep 2016 but my ankle still swelling it get stiff .

Now still having problem in walking not properly and going downstairs .PLEASE REPLY

swelling is common because it is 4 months.

Aug 07, 2016
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by: Barbara

I broke my tiibiial and fibula 6 times have 12 screws and pins and plate I'm 6 months into healing I need to put foot up I wear compression sock which helps except isle is very important keep moving and yea ankle will swell I put in in warm or cold water put it up but keep moving u need to keep moving it we broke our legs badly needs time to heal and believe me I'm not a patient person good luck it will get better

Nov 24, 2015
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by: saumitraharbola

I had a tibila surgery 3 week ago. And still have swollen ankle.. hope this is very normal.....

Oct 29, 2015
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Oct 10, 2015
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by: Emma

Wow 3 years after my first comment !!
Well I'm obviously cast free and all seems well
I still have issues with mobility getting up and down stairs and running . After a long day it does still swell considerably . If Iv done exercise the pain is that bad I do have to use strongish painkillers . Iv had infections in the bone which I'm not sure how they got there but a dose of antibiotics fixed
Does anyone know if I had the metal work out it would make things any easier ?

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by: Anonymous

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Sep 16, 2015
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by: Georgina

Yes. Often swelling appears after any fracture. The body reacts like this while its healing. So don't worry. It's all normal.

Jul 22, 2015
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by: Jess

Fractured my fibula in right leg in February 2014. It is now July 2015 and both ankles are still swollen at times. Is this normal?

Sep 13, 2014
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by: Zjte

Had a road side accident, both Tib & Fib fractured on 13th August. Had surgery on 14th Aug, tib fixed with one plate and seven screws.Have back slab cast and bandage. stitches removed after 3 weeks. Feeling good. Doctor allowed to walk with crutches with out weight bearing on fractured leg. All seems good except swelling on foot and swelling increases when i walk on sit for long time. have an appoint with doctor on 27th sept, looking forward to get the cast removed.

Oct 29, 2012
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by: Emma

I recently slipped in the mud at a music festival broke both fib and tib and also dislocated my ankle ... I had ORIF surgery 2 weeks after the accident because my foot was so swollen ... After 8 weeks in a cast it has finally come off .. Since having the cast off nearly a week ago I have been using one crutch and pretty much weight bearing from day one ... My footis extremely swollen after a long day not to mention very red !!.. It's still extremely stiff but can see improvement daily as walking is getting easier hopefully when I see the physio for the first time this week they will shed some light on how long my recovery will me and moreso how long until I can drive

Jul 11, 2012
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by: Anonymous

My son broke his tibia down by the ankle, he also tore his legiment, and sign that he tore it was the swelling, check on that

Jun 11, 2012
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by: STAR BOI

i broke my tibial from the top where my knee bone joins 6 inches down and it was also crack behind i had surgery 6 weeks ago and all was good i have 3 screws in my tibia but two days now i start getting pain where the bone was broken is this normal

Jun 11, 2012
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by: jamel

i broke my tibial from the top where my knee bone joins 6 inches down and it was also crack behind i had surgery 6 weeks ago and all was good i have 3 screws in my tibia but two days now i start getting pain where the bone was broken is this normal

Aug 14, 2010
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by: Anonymous

When I broke my tibia and fibula my ankle was swollen for quit a while

Jan 22, 2010
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thank you
by: Anonymous

thank you,
i did discuss with my doctor, and they said as long as the swelling did not get any worse, no discoloration in the skin occured that it would be fine. They said to keep it elevated as much as we could during resting times and when he is not on crutches. The more the foot dangles when using crutches, the less the muscle is being used. They did state though, that they did not think ice would be useful since all this was due to the leg being broken and swelling was due to the leg not being mobile for that long of a time.
thanks for answering my post!!

Jan 22, 2010
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ankle swelling
by: Bart - SII

This is normal. After a period of immobilization, it takes time for the joints to get used to being weight bearing and moving again. Swelling related to activity will occur. Ice, elevation, and compression can help. You should discuss your concerns with your doctor - they will be able to give you the best recommendations for dealing with this.

Bart

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