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Tibia plateau fracture and related foot pain

04/08/2008

Question:

Are foot pain and ankle swelling typical after tibia plateau fracture surgery?

Answer:

Foot pain and ankle swelling would not be unusual after a tibial plateau fracture, nor following surgery for this. With time, however, pain and swelling should diminish. You should discuss with your orthopedist whether the amount of your pain and swelling are typical for however far out you are from your surgery. You should consider consulting with your physician more urgently if your pain and swelling are getting worse rather than better.

If you're not already doing so, it may be helpful to periodically elevate your foot at or above heart level as much as possible whenever you're not standing or walking, and also either wrapping your foot, ankle and lower leg, or wearing a compressive stocking, at all times except when bathing/showering.

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University