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Old 06-21-2011, 08:49 PM   #1
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severe pain in ankle after old break

I broke my ti/fib about 5 years ago. It was a commuted/compound fracture and has never been the same since. I have not ever had a totally pain free day since the break. However, a new symptom has started. When I go to bed now I have the most severe pain in my foot and ankle it burns, and is sharp it is totally unbearable. I am wondering if Iam having circulation problems or something else. Has anyone had something similar occur? Any ideas to reduce the pain? I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon but it is more than a month from now.

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Re: severe pain in ankle after old break

Five years out, you COULD be looking at arthritis. Have you had an x-ray any time recently? Can you point to one spot where the pain is, or does it seem to be over a larger area? How well are you able to move the joint? Can you see any swelling?

To manage the pain until you get checked out, I'd try anti-inflammatory pills, such as ibuprofen or Alleve. Also, I've found that a hot shower immediately followed by an ice pack is a good way to deal with joint pain. You could try that before bed, or a massage of the leg to stimulate circulation.

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