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Discoloration of broken foot

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 10, 2007
  • 05:52 PM

I have a broken foot. Every time I stand up and have the broken foot hanging down, it becomes discolored. It looks as if it is bruised. When the foot is up, it looks normal, not discolored. I would like to know what causes this, and if it is normal for the foot to become discolored when down?

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  • Hi, No doubt your foot has healed by now, hopefully. I have a broken heel and have noticed the same discolouring when my foot is down. Did you have any luck find out what caused it.Australia
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2007
    • 04:55 AM
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  • Hi there... what you are experiencing is extremely common... It is nothing to worry about and you will find that as you heal that symptom will slowly fade... your muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves are basically 'angry' to use a loose term, they have been irritated. The body often responds to a break or muscle injury by sending extra blood to the area... the more blood that flows the more oxygen the injury recieves. As your bones heal the extra oxygen needs will diminish and the 'mottled red bruising look' will fade. Remember RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation)... keep that foot elevated as much as possible so that fluids do not 'pool' there... use ice for pain and to help diminish 'excess' swelling and once the cast comes off think about a simple ankle support (the compression part in the case of fracture) for a week or two to support those muscles and tendons... they have not been used in 3-6 weeks and might be a bit lax, normal everyday walking and activities should get them back into shape but a little light support will help keep the aches down while that happens.
    penybobeny 17 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 07:17 AM
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