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I had surgery for a Trimalleolar fracture, should the top of my foot and toes be painful to touch?

By July 6, 2015 - 7:47pm
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The surgery included a plate, multiple screws and a few wires to hold everything together. I had completely severed part of the bone in my ankle and it was free floating. This was repaired with screws and wires. I rarely have pain in the ankle where I had the surgery but instead I am having serious pain in my toes and the top of my foot is painful to touch. It this normal?

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I also had the same injury and surgery. Accident occurred june 27th and the top of my foot and toes is where the majority of the pain is. Almost spasms or electric shocks. Swelling is so bad skin peels. Swelling has not subsided (only Slightly). Although I take my advil/aleve and elevate. Sleep is very disturbed due to how uncomfortable I am.
Surgeon says this is a normal reaction. But for how long?

August 5, 2015 - 8:43pm
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Need a follow up on the answer

September 13, 2018 - 10:02am

Hello brandybmanis,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community and thank you for seeking our advice regarding the onset of serious pain in your toes and pain to the touch on the top of your foot.

Onset of pain in the toes and top of the foot are of concern and must be reported to your orthopedic surgeon.

For the benefit of all of our readers, the tibia and fibula have specific parts that make up the ankle. These include the medial malleolus, which is inside part of the tibia, the posterior malleolus, which is the back part of the tibia, and the lateral malleolus , which is the end of the fibula.

Trimalleolar fractures means that all three malleoli of the ankle are broken. These are unstable injuries and they can be associated with a dislocation.

Once you consult with your orthopedic surgeon, please update us on the cause of the pain.

Best regards,

July 7, 2015 - 8:14am
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