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Foot numbness after ankle surgery

by Concerned

Hello, I'm a healthy 45 yr old female with no diabetes and in good shape. I'm 13 days post ankle surgery. Had primary ATFL ligament repair after a bad sprain to R ankle. Never had any numbness in foot prior to surgery or after injury. Injury was August 08 and surgery was late December 08 after conservative treatment failed. Had a popliteal nerve block for surgery and 48 hrs after surgery nerve block seemed to be wearing off too slowly based on stats I was given and top of foot was still numb, including top of big toe and skin between big toe & 2nd toe. So I called surgeon and he said he gave me all kinds of shots in ankle too, including cortisone and said numbness can also occur as a temporary problem after some ankle surgeries and to give it some time. (have a small scope incision in inside of right ankle and 2" incision out outside of ankle for ligament repair.) I had discomfort on bony protrusion on top of foot so I peeled back the tight gauze just a little but was told not to remove it.


Saw doctor on day 8 and he removed original surgical dressing and discovered pinched skin and too much pressure under bandage. I couldn't feel this because of the nerve block and it remained numb after the block wore off. I did feel discomfort there, burning and spasms which I informed doctor of. Doctor immediately agreed that original surgical dressing was too tight and it had pinched the saphenous nerve. He rebandaged incisions with very very loose gauze and said I should start to get feeling back. Next day same numbness. Feels like just a tiny bit of some of the surface of top of foot is trying to tingle but not big toe, top of foot and big toe are still numb. Doc said it will take some time for that to come back but I'm VERY concerned about the lack of improvement.

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In most cases the sensation does come back, but if you would like to speed things up why not discuss with your surgeon the possibility of taking an anti-inflammatory agent or prednisone for a period of time to reduce the inflammation around the nerve.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Now 13 days post surgery (5 days post bandage removal), same area STILL numb. It's sort of a 1.5" strip along top of foot from natural bony protrusion down to big toe, top of big toe totally numb, and area between big toe & 2nd toe are numb. What are the chances of this nerve coming back after it had been compressed by the bandage for 7-8 days, and is it possible I have permanent nerve damage from the careless person in the O.R. who wrapped my ankle too tight? Is there anything I can do to speed the healing? Massage, etc.? Thanks in advance.

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Apr 27, 2017
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Ankle fusion
by: nmc

I had an ankle fusion because a podiatrist cut the ankle joint bone in the wrong place which caused a large amount of bones to die. After seeing an orthopedic surgeon he operated and when the splint was removed on the first post op visit I had a pressure wound. The wound became infected and I was given a picc line for 4 months, a wound vac and it did not heal. Infectious disease said I had a large amount of metal causing the infection. Finally the orthopedic surgeon removed the top plate and he was able to close the wound. I will remain on oral antibiotics to keep the infection at bay as the metal has bacteria. I am 8 months post surgery to repair thre damage from the podiatrist and I am extremely upset with my results.
My foot turns purple when I am out of bed, the toes become extremely cold and painful. I also have pain and numbness in the foot and my calf muscle is 3" smaller than my other leg as well as I get cramps in the calf muscle. I was told I would walk and be able to wear my own shoes except for heels when this repair started. I am now being told I have to have special rocker bottom shoes with other modifications done to them so I can walk. Does anyone know why I can not bend my toes and they become extremely cold or why my foot turns purple ? What damage is done to what to prevent my toes from bending? From the first surgery which was done incorrectly it has been more than 2 years dealing with this and I was told the bone that is growing will be done February next year. I just became weight bearing with the boot and walker.

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Your questions involve complicated issues and would be best addressed by someone who is more familiar with your case.
Either ask your surgeon or if he or she seems uninterested, see a local doctor who can examine you and then answer your questions.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Mar 08, 2017
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Bandage too tight
by: Galen

My husband had surgery for a fractured tibia on December 5 and the post surgery boot was strapped too tight causing pressure wound. While the plate and 9 screws don't hurt at all, he is still experiencing foot pain and the pressure blister still has not completely healed. He has very little feeling in his toes. I'm worried about nerve damage too. And what type of Doctor should he see about this wound?
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If his surgeon cannot close the wound, depending on where you live, see if your local hospital has a wound care center that specializes in "hard to close" wounds.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Mar 03, 2017
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Numbness on foot tibia fracture
by: Jersey D

Hi. Reading this is helpful. Just to know your not alone. I busted my tibia and fibula at the end of January. Week later had surgery and had 2 plates and 6 screws inserted to hold tibia together. They're hoping fibula just bonds on it's own with no help. So I'm almost 4 weeks post surgery and I have numbness in over half of my foot and up past ankle. The numbness is on the outside half of my right foot and you could prob hit it with Hammer and I wouldn't feel it. I'm sure everyone's recovery is different but the nerve damage is scaring me more than the actually breaks that I have. Hoping this passes and I get feeling back soon.

Dec 09, 2016
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Foot numbness after ankle surgery
by: Ziya

Hi to all. The very unfortunate members of the ankle fracture club. "All types" by the way Dave, thanx for your honesty. Was brutal, but thanx I appreciated it. Update on my progress. Actually going very well still have days were the nerves just decide to ruin my day but with medicine were slowly dealing with that problem. Hope everyone's recovery is going well. Just checking in actually to remind everyone "I'm sure you all already know" on how important it is to have family and friends there for you. As bad as this gets with breaks. This actually brought me and my father closer together. As for my misses, my world. What can I say. Everything you've done for me during this. Is a deabt I can never repay. Now wiping the tears from my eyes, you's a probably wondering were is this guy going with this. I'll tell you. Not long ago one of my mates friend had a accident when he was rock climbing. Not sure exactly what happened, but he became a member of our club. 37 years old adrenalin junkie. All of a sudden can't do anything. Got depressed. Wouldn't listen to positive feedback. Got more depressed. Overdosed on pills. 37 years old. Life wasted. And all of us know without support from our friends and family "witch he had" there's no way in hell were getting threw this.. Just thought I'd remind everyone about the ones we take for granted.. Best wishes for everyone with there recovery. Who knows, Christmas around the corner, suppose to be time for miracles.. Take care everyone..

Nov 29, 2016
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I so get it
by: Tricia

On June 3rd of this past year I end up falling down and dislocated my ankle, breaking both my tibia and fibula and a couple of bones in my foot. As we were on vacation I ended up having to get it 'put in place' drive a thousand miles home then have a doctor actually perform the surgery. Plate and 9 screws. It is now 6 months later and still have tingling and recurring pain on the top of my foot along with soreness on the inside of my ankle. I have broken several bones, okay a lot of bones, in my lifetime but this was by far the worst injury I have ever had. Not only being the most painful but also the most uncomfortable. I pray for those of you who have this injury that you will recover quickly. I thought I was doing well until I took a 5 mile walk with an ankle support. I did not notice that much pain the next day but now two weeks later my foot has extreme numbing and cramping pain with swelling. Anyone else have this problem? And please tell me if you have that it will go away soon.

Nov 27, 2016
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Nerve pain
by: David

Replying to the guy in Sydney Australia...I had a subtalar fusion surgery 2 1/2 years ago and I still have nerve pain on my ankle. Going to be very honest with you. You and keep are in a world of s**t! There's not much doctors can do for nerve damage. All I can say is hang in there!! It's not going to be easy ! So sorry for your pain !

Nov 26, 2016
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Severe nerve pain six weeks after ankle surgery
by: Ziya

Hi all. Was reading the posts on this site. WOW. This makes me feel so comfortable knowing that sum of the pains I'm feeling, sum of you guys are to. Best of luck to everybody with there recovery. Long story short, I'm from sydney and about six and a half weeks ago I fell from my truck while I was getting out. Bang! Two broken ankles.. The right foot not so bad, so they just put it in cast. But the left foot got the full treatment of all the bells and whistles.. I'm not even sure what kind of fracture it was, all I know is that I now have a płate and god knows how many screws in my left leg. Is my dr, is such a good guy that he had the courtesy of not telling me or even giving me information about my surgery. Anyways that's for another time.. Been six weeks now, got stiches taken out and In fibreglass cast now. The other day I was goofing around with the misses on the bed "nothing sexual" endone makes sure of that!!! When she accidentally kicked me and I went flying backwards and actually landed on both my legs. So both legs bored weight when I'm not suppose to. Standing there like a deer caught in headlights, the misses grabbed me and threw me back on the bed.. Sitting there freaking out, I realised I wasen't feeling any pain what's so ever. It was more like little electrical shocks "no pain" running threw my foot. Actually felt pretty nice. Now fast forward to the next day. OMG my foot has been killing me all day. Being a Saturday can't get a hold of my surgeon till Monday.. Called the GP told them what was going on, there answer to me, go to emergency.. The pain feels like my big toe is about to burst.. Up untill now I was going ok with the recovery. But this just knocked me off my feet.. The misses and I have come to the conclusion that cos I put weight on it when I shouldn't off, this probably caused sum swelling in the cast and that's why I'm feeling all this nerve pain.. I was wondering has anyone had sumthing like this happen to them. I mean it's 4 am now in sydney and the pain won't let me sleep. Taking endone every 3 hours and even took 2 tegretol 200mg when I'm suppose to take one. Nothing..gonna go get x-rays taken in the morning. Just when I was making sum progress this happens. People don't understand what a simple set back can do to a persons moral when dealing with this kind of injury.. It's heartbreaking. Wouldn't wish it on my enemies..

Aug 26, 2016
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Thought I was the only one
by: Steph

From the comments I have just read, sounds like a lot of what I have been going through since I broke my right fibula on 7/16/16. Had surgery on 8/2/16, with a plate a 5 screws. I've been non-weight baring since my accident. My toes turn reddish purple, swelling, numbness and tingling. If I stood too long then my leg started to turn purple up to my hip. Had my cast split and ace wrapped to relieve a little bit of the pressure until my appt on the 31st. My gut feeling is that when I had my accident and broke my leg, I also did some other damage which is now showing up which does not show on an x-ray. At what point is "normal" swelling, tingling, discoloration part of the healing process and when you've called the Dr several times for your concerns and still tell you it's normal...until I finally went in myself and said this isn't normal and the split my cast to relieve pressure but still have the same issues when you get home?

Aug 07, 2016
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Still pain after op
by: Paula

I broke my ankle in 3 places on 8th July,had operation on the 10th July put plate and screws in,I had my back slab removed 29th July and was put into a boot.Since the cast has been removed the pain is worse mainly across my foot and where the scar is also there is a bit of numbness is this normal.
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Hi Paula,
This is a question best suited for your surgeon, as he or she is most familiar with you and the surgery you just had.
Your surgeon will be able to decide if this part of your "normal" healing, or if this is a set of symptoms that need to be dealt with.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 07, 2016
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Years later?
by: Rhonda

I broke my balancing bone of my ankle/leg in February 07. I had surgery which placed a rod between the two leg bones a plate 6 screws down the outside and a pin from the front to the back.
It worked wonderfully except for the nerve damage and lack of movement with my big toe bending. I have had continual numbness and tingling and nerve issues from the onset that I have learned to live with and barely noticed.
Now this past month I have had severe burning along the side of my ankle and foot which runs also up across the top of my foot. This is almost a constant like a bad sunburn or acid burn kind of pain that feels like it is in the skin. I assume it is the nerves still in a different way now. Any suggestion as to what it might be or if this is a typical side effect of this type of surgeries 9+ years after the initial break and surgery?

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Hi Rhonda,

Hard to know exactly why you are experiencing this new type of nerve pain, but after nine years it would be hard to argue that it is a direct result of your surgery and nerve damage as a result of the surgery.
I would venture to guess it is more a manifestation of the "new" way your foot and ankle functions as a result of the surgery.
If it bothers you bad enough I would suggest you seek treatment by a doctor in your area. If it happens to be a new nerve entrapment, early treatment may go a long way in reducing the symptoms.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 01, 2016
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Ankle numbness
by: Anonymous

It will be 3 years in Feb since I had fractured my ankle in 3 places. I have 9 screws and a plate. Every day I still feel some discomfort if I walk long distance and still gets swollen.

Aug 01, 2016
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Numbness
by: Jodi

I broke my right above left ankle on july 10, surgery on july 14 with 7 screws, plate. got staples removed last week and recovery seems to be going well. I am, however, having numbness in bottom of foot, though can feel if touch foot. Also, tightness on top of foot--feels like a wrap is on it but its not. Is this normal? Will it go away with physical therapy, etc.? I did tear tendons also so thinking that's part of problem. Dr was a bit surprised, not overly concerned and said there could be lasting numbness...time will tell. thoughts?
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Your surgeon is your best source for answers concerning your recovery. Opinions by anyone else is just conjecture.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jul 31, 2016
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Ankle numbness 9 months PO
by: Colleen

I had a closed fracture of the lateral malleolus November 5, 2015. Five days later I had surgery with a plate, 9 pins, and a long screw placed in my left ankle. The numbness around the ankle is constant with a perpetual tight feeling, especially at the Achilles tendon. When my PT massages the incision it pinches around the plate. Also, my big toe on the same foot does not bend. It moves up and down but will not flex at the joints causing me occasional issues with balance. PT think it needs strengthening. My surgeon says the nerves will continue to heal for up to 2 years, although he says my ankle may never feel normal again. I would have never agreed to surgery if I had thought I couldn't walk normally. Has anyone else ever experienced anything similar?

Jul 27, 2016
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ORIF left fibula
by: Mike

I had surgery July 16 and everything has been as planned, the last two nights I've had extreme heat and pins and needles in my toes and foot. The dressing is loose and I'm not sure this would be happen as it also only happens at night time. I've lowered how high I'm elevating but not sure if I should call the doctor or not. I'm concerned this could be an infection but need some advice.
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If you have any concerns, you should always call your surgeon.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Jul 17, 2016
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I had the same thing
by: nancy

I had the same thing, the wrap was so tight it compressed the nerve on the top of my foot. I had no feeling in my big toe and the one beside it.. But the good news is the feeling did return, it It took about 6 months.
I had my ligaments cut and shortened on my right ankle. It took about a year for it to start feeling better.

Jul 13, 2016
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Same problem here
by: Anonymous

I am in the exact same situation!! Wrap was way too tight and they finally believed me on day 7. My toes and top of foot are still numb and tingling, the only thing that got better was my swelling. Toes no longer look like sausages! I too, am concerned about nerve damage.

Jun 29, 2016
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Tingling and numbness
by: Vanessa

Post Surgery 5 days no pain just intermittent numbness in foot
Happens each time I elevate too

Jun 24, 2016
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Weber b fracture
by: Anonymous

Hi my injury is a weber b bimalleolar fracture

Only 5 weeks ago but im telling ya my foot looks so purple some days and its stinging like crazy and if i put a finger on the outside an electric shock hits it.. i cant walk on it for another week but these things are scaring me. Dr just says its ok it just healing we im sure he hasnt had this injury to just say that.. im worried help and answers ?:

Jun 12, 2016
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Broken ankle
by: California

I broke three bones in my ankle in early March. Surgery five days later. NWB cast for five weeks. My concern is three months since surgery foot swells during the day and top of foot and three goes numb all the time. My surgeon now says done all he can for me and said I might have Regional Chronic Pain Syndrome for the rest of my life. Being sent to pain management . I think surgeon is premature in that prognosis
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Regional pain syndrome is a condition that is very common after situations like yours.
The earlier it is diagnosed (and treated), the better the prognosis, so do not delay seeing the pain management specialist. Be sure to ask the specialist if he or she has experience treating regional pain syndrome as not all pain management and neurologist do, and improper treatment may make matters worse.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 06, 2016
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Foot numbness and pain
by: Jen

I shattered my talus bone on November 30, 2015 which then resulted in two surgeries one including a bone graft and a subtalar fusion. I have screws, plates and my peroneal nerve had to be fixed and pinned in place. At five months I finally started giving up on feeling coming back to my toes and the front of my foot. Up until then I had a continual frostbite feel and could bend the toes as a unit but not individually. I kept massaging them every night though from the time of the injury and at the 6 month mark suddenly sensation started coming back. It was extremely painful for several days and seems to be coming back in chunks. As for the pain walking, my experience has been that everytime you do something new or push harder you have new pain but if it's something that feels extremely different than something you've already experienced probably best to check with your doctor. I'm now in my 7 month since surgery and while my foot still hurts every day, and some days unbearably so, it is starting to mostly feel achy like I did an extra hard workout or banged it against something. I broke my wrist and some ribs in the same accident where I broke my ankle and I have to say by far it has been the worst for pain and taking its time healing. I'm Sending healing thoughts out to anyone who is reading this and hope your recovery is quick!

May 31, 2016
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ankle surgery
by: aj

may2nd broke my ankle, had surgery done on the 10th, took out stitches and new dressing done on the 23rd. Has to be i n cast for, 4 more weeks. I am walking on crutches. I can wiggle my toes. But yesterday and today I found the two sides of ny ankle where the surgery was done is paining more than before. Also my instep and first toe after the big toe is also lancing me. Is that normal. Should I call my doctor. Maybe I need stronger pain killers.
my husband said could be nerves.

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Marc Mitnick DPM

May 01, 2016
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broken ankle at 71
by: Michele

I am a 71 year old female-broke left ankle 1/28/2016 had surgery 2/1/2016-in splint for 12 weeks due to excessive swelling.Pain was not bad but still unable to put weight on foot and will need pin removed after PT before I can try and walk. Now having severe hip and groin pain which I fear will further prolong walking

Apr 27, 2016
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Tarsal tunnei
by: Toni

I had a tarsal tunnel release and a plantar release on my foot and ankle July 29, 2014. My heel is still numb. Right above my ankle if I touch it I get an electric shock feeling. Doctor thinks it's due to a trapped nerve, however whenever I sit too long or stand/walk to long my foot goes completely numb and it hurts like hell when I have to straighten it after I'm sitting for a while. I'm scared cause they have to do the other foot and I don't want both feet with the same crazy tingling feelings.

Apr 16, 2016
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Foot surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi I had quite alot of surgery too on 29th March 16..so 18 days post op.I have had my heel bone broken and moved and screwed back into place,ankle reconstruction,ligament shaving,calf muscle lengthened and general nosing around in there haha.I had a nerve block put in during surgery which was good for pain relief for a few days.once it started wearing off the pain I felt was that my ankle was in the wrong position(guess it was tho as it had been moved) some days the pain is unbearable around my ankle where the majority of the work was done but it's my toes where I'm getting the most pain.my 2 little toes are still numb to touch but my others are sometimes excruciating,I get alot of funny feeling in them pins n needles,burning and then other feelings I can't explain.I'm already fed up with the feelings in my toes and hope it soon disappears altho iv got a feeling it will last a while yet.I also get a feeling that something is pressing into my arch altho there isn't.sometimes I regret having the surgery but think in the long run it will hopefully be worth it. I am thinking my other foot will need to be done after so all these joys again.I am still in a cast but had it changed 4 days ago where they discovered a pressure blister on my leg and my wound looked abit bad so gotta have cast changed in just over a week.foot surgery is not easy but hopefully worth it.
Hope u all have a good recovery

Apr 04, 2016
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Broken ankle on 23rd June 2015
by: Anonymous

My progress since writing to this page 28th December 2015.
12th Feb 2016 I had 2 long screws from my ankle removed without having to stay overnight in Hospital..Needed no pain killers afterwards. Still have a long screw in the center of my foot holding things together,plus other plates and small screws.I won't say I am completely free of any complications.I still limp a bit and my ankle is still much bigger than my other one,but the orthopedic surgeon said it will take a year for my ankle to get back to normal. I find wearing my sneakers gives a good support to my foot fo walking great distances.
I am not too good at walking down driveways or stairways.Still have that fear that I am going to slip..Going into our winter soon,so hope I don't get any rheumatism.
There is nothing worse than a broken ankle.By the way my swelling has gone down quite a bit in the last 3 months..

Apr 01, 2016
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Ankle pain
by: Anonymous

I had ankle surgery on 8 March. I am still not to put weight on it until I see the surgeon in April. I get pain that feels like everything is pulling on the inside of my ankle. Does this happen to anyone else

Mar 31, 2016
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Ouch !!!!
by: Anonymous

Wow ,,, I hate to say it , but I'm. So glad I'm not alone ☺ I broke my left ankle .... fibula & got seven screws & a plate ,,, I'm still waiting to have the main screw removed ,,, I have numbness on.the top of my foot ,,, & it still hurt like hell ... I new this was not going to be a quick fix ... it's gonna be a slow road before I'll have my confidence back again ,,, I'm grateful it wasn't any worse ,,,

Mar 22, 2016
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scared and nervous chick
by: Anonymous

hi everyone,
happy to say that im not in severe pain yet. i had sergery at 11:00am slept all day now im.wide awake. i did have a nerve block and meds before the anesthesia.i had a cyst removed scaping of the bone in ny ankle followed by a bone graft and a plate with o dont know how many screws. my feet and toes are so numb with this cast with a pin and needle feeling so uncomfortable im 26 was told i should heal fast but im so nervous about any complications

Mar 19, 2016
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Numbing and red foot
by: Broken wife

I broke my tibia, fibula and ankle on February 5,2016 while ice skating. I had surgery that night to set my bones back in place and the following day another surgery to put a rod in my tibia and several screws to hold it in and keep my ankle together. My os decided not to do anything with my fibula. So I've been nwb this entire time and go to doc on March 24, 2016 and hopefully he gives me the go to put weight on my foot. My main problem is I'm still numb on the bottom of foot and all my toes!!!! I can wiggle them and do my range of motion exercise but still no feeling. My question is has anyone had this and once I get weight bearing will that help? I also can put my leg up most of day but it is still red. Not swollen really just red.any ideas what that is or what's causing it. I'm in a boot that I can only take off while doing exercise or showering.
Thanks for any response. It is very discouraging having a broken leg/ankle.

Mar 16, 2016
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Toe Irritation/Foot numbness post ankle surgery
by: Anonymous

I shattered my talus on Nov 30,2015 and had to have two surgeries on my ankle in December. A graft replaced my talus and I have numerous screws and a plate, and then had a subtalar fusion. As far as I have been told both the toe irritation and the numbness are relatively normal. For the first three months following the injury, I experienced what I would describe as the chronic feeling of frostbite-a burning pins and needles feeling and numbness. Over the last month that feeling has subsided. I am still experiencing numbness and decreased sensitivity to heat and cold. I have been told that this will likely continue to improve over the next several months and that the eggplant colour my foot turns when i have it down for a bit should also settle down. I still rely a fair bit on painkillers and ice my ankle regularly and that seems to help the worst of it.

Mar 12, 2016
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Numbness after ankle surgery
by: Bob

46 yr old male was injured Jan 18th and surgery on Feb 4th of the left leg and ankle. Had 2 long screws on both sides of lower tibia and a plate with 4 screws about 6 inches up on fibula. Had a nerve block above the knee the morning surgery and that lasted 2 days. That was the most uncomfortable feeling. At times I could swear that it wasn't my leg attached. Luckily my leg is feeling great but the top of my foot and two big toes are still numb and at times hurt to touch. After reading all the comments I feel better in believing this is a common ailment. I've been out of surgery now for five weeks and in a walking boot so I can do some simple stretching by doing figure 8s and trying to write the alphabet in the air with my toes and foot. Follow up on March 23 to see if I'm gonna be good enough to start pt. Some of the commenters have said ankle surgery is the hardest recovery time and I'm gonna second that. When this first happened I was okay with it since I would be out of work during the coldest part of winter. Boy was I wrong. This is aggravating sitting around all day with my leg elevated. And living in a raised ranch makes going out side damn near impossible. Almost fell backwards down the stairs due to those stupid crutches. Long road ahead for recovery but glad to know I'm not alone in feeling worried. Hope you all recover good as new with some great stories to tell about being injured and some great advice to tell others that may find themselves in our predicament.

Feb 28, 2016
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Toe irritation
by: Anonymous

I am 15 and i broke my ankle in 3 spots in a snowboarding accident on Feb 21, 2016. I had surgery and they put in 3 plates, lots of screws, and closed up with staples. My big toe and top half of my foot have been tickling and kind of almost like a burning feeling. It's been going on since the day of the surgery, but today it's been happening since I woke up this morning at 6:45am and it is now 4:00pm. I don't know how to stop it and it is very irritating. Does anyone know how to stop it, other than elevating and iceing?

Jan 27, 2016
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Broke Tibia and fibula
by: Anonymous

I recently broke both tibia and fibula and need open reduction surgery had 1 metal plate and 11 screws put in had a splint the first 2 weeks now in a air boot .. but when i put my foot down from being eleveated it still turns a purple black anyone else with this issue

Jan 24, 2016
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Broken ankle
by: Anonymous

Oh you poor thing.It sounds as though you have very bad circulation.You didn't say how old you are,but I am over 70yrs.I have 2 of my screws out on the 12th Feb,so hopefully the stiffness will go..Going down stairs I use my left broken ankle leg first all the way down our 16 stairs,coming up I use alternate leg which is good.
My left foot is very swollen and I have had to buy a size larger in shoes..
I know it takes a long time for an ankle injury to heal,so hang in there ,do exercises and in another 9 / 12 months you might be right.

Jan 23, 2016
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Broken ankle
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula on Feb 24 2015 - it was a Webber B fracture. I after almost a year am still unable to walk without support, and have fallen numerous times . I still have burning and tingling on the top of the foot, and beneath my ankle bone. The cast I was put into had to be removed - as my leg, from toes to mid calf went almost black ! I am still unable to lift my toes and upper part of foot. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

Dec 28, 2015
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Broke ankle in 3 places
by: Anonymous

Broke my ankle in 3 places on the 23rd June 2015,including the fibulae.My progress seems to be going so slow,although have been walking without crutches for about 3 months now.With plates ,screws etc in my leg my foot is very stiff and gets quite swollen.Due to have 2 long screws out early 2016.,so am hoping this will make a huge difference to my walking.I am trying to not limp ,but with the tightness it is hard not to.Should I be wearing an elastic stocking to keep the swelling down during the day I wonder..I have been going to physio regularly and that has helped .
Breaking one's ankle is the worst possible accident one can have.I broke my ankle slipping on black ice.

Nov 26, 2015
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Toe Numbness
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle 12/24/14 but did not need surgery. I had a cast and then walking boot. My sister broke her ankle a month before I broke mine. She had plates and screws that were later removed. I am 11 months from the break now and finally, about a month ago, the stiffness after sitting has stopped; however, my three middle toes feel like they are asleep. My sister is having the same issue. I don't know the cause but I'm assuming that because we have the same issues, it is probably just taking time to heal.

Nov 09, 2015
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I have same pain and more from shots/surgery
by: Anonymous

In Sep. 2014 I had ankle fusion, subtalar fusion, bone grafting (used fibula), bone spur removal, and an IM rod put through bone (about 4.5 inches) with 5 screws. I had end stage severe traumatic osteoarthritis from prior injury/surgery 30 years prior. Was a salvage operation.

Fast forward a year. Had to go back in July 2015 to have one bottom screw (too big pushing on inside of ankle) taken out.

So, total numbness on right side of foot and around new scar...ok, I'll give it a year; but, prior to surgery I had a cortisone shot, following that shot, I started having foot spasms (toes), uncomfortable but not a 10...after all the past 2 surgeries, my ankle is a mess.

Contractions all the time, almost like I have morton's neuroma, and I did incur a fibroma somewhere in the process of shots and surgery, who knows, just know that it's been more than a year for me, and now I'm just getting ready to go to a neurologist.

I walk with a limp, need a cane, can't walk for long periods or for far, no ROM in ankle, just the toes, and even those now are feeling really stiff and numb.

The ankle itself is ok, go figure, although I can't walk barefoot as 3/4 inch off heel, so deformed that way now, and surgeon set my foot in equinus, so I also always have to have a lift in shoe, or outside, or wear heels or wedges.

That puts weight on front of foot, which mechanics of walking not good; can you say major gait disturbance? So, I have my problems cut out for me, and I really don't want an amputation.

I'm only 56, and was prev. very active, had to rehome my horses, can't do much of anything anymore (I do go to YMCA to get in pool). It's been very hard mentally, physically and emotionally, so I can relate to some of the posters.

I see no relief other than maybe medication, and having to go on disability. Has really ruined my quality of life. Well, at least not in a wheelchair or amputated yet.

I get told, be glad you have your foot. What good is a foot when you have no quality of life due to chronic pain, can't walk far, and horrible gait?


Aug 26, 2015
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Foot pain post fractured ankle/fibula repair
by: Anonymous

I believe the problems I am experiencing is similar to others here and due to nerve irritation/?damage?
On 8/9 I took a freaky fall down a short but steep bank, experienced a communated fracture of my right fibula and bi-malleous ankle fractures. I have plates 1/3 way up the side of leg on the outside,multiple screws and pins to keep it all together.
I DID NOT have a nerve block postop as the nurses told me that I didn't c/o enough of pain in the recovery room to warrant it. Then two hours later as they are assessing my readiness to go home I could not move my leg/foot without a burning, stabbing pain of a 10+ on top of my foot to the right.
On direction from the ortho surgeon the nurses loosened the ace wrap and pulled back the dressing which gave me immediate relief.
Plaster immobilization cast off 6 days ago, yesterday had a terrible bout of burning pain on the top outer portion of foot. Since early on I've have tender "touch" pain to my 4th toe and while I have sensation in the toe, I cannot move it very well. Most of the swelling from this ordeal is in my foot now and in the area of the pain. I went into an aircast boot 6 days ago as well.
I believe this is nerve pain and it responds to Vicodin that I'm trying to wean off of. I know it's early but not sure this leg will ever be well again. The outer leg incision required 34 staples to close and the interior ankle incision took 10 sutures.
The surgeon has already told us about the risk of post-traumatic arthritis due to the type of injury plus it was dislocated which I reduced my self at home so the fact that it was only dislocated for about 10 minutes is a plus.
The pain in the bones is not my problems right now but the top of the foot.
What is the best actions I can take right now to minimize further damage? I am 57 yo caus. female who is very active with walking, hiking, gardening, caring for animals. 1/2 my life is lived outside, frustrated with visions of not being able to move as in the past.
My extended family is of little support as I feel like they view me with a "leprosy" type situation. Just my husband, son who lives 1.5 hours away and supports so much. The ortho surgeon told us we need to make it clear to people that this is just not your everyday broken ankle but was a severe fracture that is going to take time and ignore all the snide comments about when people walked and to get over it etc.
Need support from folks dealing with similar issues. Thanks.

Aug 19, 2015
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nerve pain
by: Anonymous

I had surgery to repair broken ankle. 2 plates and 20 screws. I am having relentless nerve pain in my foot and small toe. It keeps me up most of the night. During the days things feel fine. Its has been 10 weeks since the surgery. will this go away?

Aug 18, 2015
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9 months since surgery, still have numbness
by: Anonymous

After dislocating and fracturing my ankle in November 2014, the entire episode being a trauma. The ambulance took 3hours to get to me and because of the terrain was so wet the ambulance got stuck in the mud! It took a helpful by stander and his landrover to tow us out. It was a good 4 hours before I reached hospital.

The surgery was scheduled for the morning and although it took a lot longer than expected it went well. A nerve block was used a rod, screws and plate were inserted to stablise the bones.

During recovery I noticed that some of my toes were numb and later once the cast was taken off I realised the inside of my knee was also knumb. 9 months on the numbness is still there in the foot and knee,the ankle is still swollen and I walk like a cripple first thing in the morning.

I have knee weakness and my ankle feels extremely tight most of the time. Don't get me wrong I can still walk to work and stay on my feet much of the day and walk the dog but I watch every step, and by the end of the day I am sore and swollen.

will this ever get any better? should I get the hardware taken out?

This is so frustrating.


Aug 03, 2015
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Clayton
by: Mickey

if you're using Gabapentin it will help with the sharp pain in your big toe if related to nerve sensation. i have been on Gabapentin since May and still have very sensitive skin feel in my foot so i have not gotten 100% but i have come a long way but my big toe is more of my problem but you just have to make sure you take it every night like stated and don't skip a night... hope i helped bro

Aug 01, 2015
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never be the same
by: Anonymous

male 46, very active before surgery and "rolling of my ankle". i had ankle recon surgery about 2 years ago, after the doctors dragged out rehab about 1 year (joke). the post surgery time was difficult, horrible but my i couldn't really walk before the surgery, so no choice. i am now able to walk and run about 6-8 miles no problems, but scared the whole time, watching every step i take. my ankle is tight, clicks some times, especially going up stairs. i rotate my ankle everyday and it clicks...no pain though. i'm mentality damaged and will not be able to regain full use and do somethings i like to do. never want to go back thru this again, life changing event....so careful all the time

Jul 11, 2015
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Sharp pain in ankle and toe
by: Clayton

Hey all, so I am 25 I work out 4-5 times a week and am in pretty good shape (prior to surgery). I just had surgery on June 24th on my front ligament (I think its called the Ant. Lat Malleol ligament?), the lateral ligament (Interos. talocalan. ligament?) the both tendons running up the outer part of the ankle and he also cut a muscle belly because I was rare and had it going down to the bottom of my foot and everyone else has it stopping at their calf (Doctors words). They prescribed Gabapentin and 800mg Ibuprofen this past tues. Every time i scratch the bottom of my big toe (on the foot I had surgery on) with my other big toe I get this sharp pain in my toe. Also, I can feel where I think he rolled up my muscle belly in my ankle or the tendons he repairs and it hurts really bad! He cut me off of pain medication last week and sometimes I am seriously in tears. I don't know if anyone else has ever had their muscle belly cut and rolled up but if some one has will this pain go away? Also, will the sharp pain in my toe go away? I am 2 and a half weeks post surgery and still have another 4-6 weeks of no pressure on my ankle and then 3-6 months of physical therapy after that getting back to walking again. Please get back to me and help me with any info you might have on this and to whether I might have short/long term problems from this.

Jul 09, 2015
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foot numbness an very sensitive
by: Mickey

hello all, i myself is suffering with the same similar issues I'm hearing on this feed. had ankle surgery in may and now healing from it. i had a pain block installed in my thigh an once removed i had numbness, sensitive to touch, and spike pains shooting in my foot. my old Dr from my shoulder surgery gave me meds called Gabapentin for my nerve issues and it helped clear those issues in my shoulder so i am using for my foot. it works just takes time to correct the issue. please request Gabapentin for aid in helping your nerves. Good luck an hope it helps

Jul 06, 2015
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Broken Fibula, numbness in foot
by: Anonymous

Hello all,

I got out of surgery on the 30th of June. I was about to get the nerve block but I saw them getting ready for it, and the amount of liquid they were going to inject into my leg made me refuse the treatment. I am really glad I did. I went home and tried to elevate my leg, but the pain was excruciating. I noticed that it felt better when I lowered it. That first night and the rest of the day I was in tremendous pain- the meds were not keeping up with it- oxy and vicodin. Eventually I got back to the ER because I couldn't stop crying. If I had received the block, I wouldn't have noticed there was something very wrong.

The ER unwrapped my ankle and voila! Pain reduced from an 11 to a 2. Yes- a 2! Most of the time I dont hurt at all- there are a few spasms as I fall asleep and a little achy from time to time, but nothing major. I do have the numbness in my toes as well, and I am a little scared to flex or bend them. I found this site because I am a little nervous about the numbness, but I realize there are so many of you that have had the nerve block and didn't realize the bandage was too tight. I think I was lucky. Please, don't let the doctors convince you that the nerve damage was something you had prior (WTF?) or wasn't something to do with tight bandaging. It might not be, but if they realized your bandaging was too tight this is a major lapse on their part and they need to be held accountable.

BTW, When your bandaging is too tight (effectively creating a tourniquet) it needs more circulation- this is why it felt better when it wasn't elevated. Your foot needs blood to heal! Find the elevation that works for you- pay attention to what your body is telling you and don't stop bugging the doctors. They can't feel what you feel, and coming out of surgery should not feel like your leg is about to explode.

Good luck my little lame ducks...

Jun 26, 2015
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Me too
by: Anonymous

My surgery was 14 months ago. I too fear the nerve block caused some damage. I had a screw put in my fibula. I was in an insane amount of pain at the time of injury. My tendons are sore, and I still have swelling behind my ankle. It all sucks, but the numbness that never went away is worrisome. I have seen some improvement as I passed the year mark. I am seeking a second opinion.

Jun 11, 2015
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Re Xander
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle and exploded my heel bone in September. Surgery October 1st with a plate and 8 screws. My toes have been numb since the day of my injury. I had a 2nd surgery May 4th to remove the hardware. Last week, I was back in for an emergency surgery because I developed a hematoma after the 2nd surgery which caused my incision to open after the stitches were removed, causing infection. I now have 2 walking boots, a night splint, and a walking shoe as part of my injury collection. The numbness may never go away, but don't let it scare you. You had a traumatic injury, as I did. It takes a minimum of a year for things to start getting back to normal. Be patient.

Jun 11, 2015
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15 screws one plate
by: Lisa

Xander,

I also received a nerve block and felt the same sensation as you. This will take a few days to wear off. It was the weirdest feeling not being able to feel my toes or the top of my foot. They numb you up pretty good so you don't experience the surgical pain that you would without the nerve block - I think it last about 7 days. I now have sensation and can move my toes. I had a spiral fracture to my fibula and joint and tendon damage - which is what the screw is for. I've been non-weight bearing for 3months now.

My bad experience is I am still numb along the inside of my foot and big toe area. The top of my foot is so tender even if you lightly brush your fingers over it. I saw the surgeon yesterday for my follow-up surgery to have the screw removed and he was perplexed by this. He said I should have full feeling on the inside of my foot. He thinks I had this feeling when I broke my ankle and that I didn't recall it. HMM!

Jun 10, 2015
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15 screws one plate
by: Xander

Hello I had my surgery today 6/9/15 I dislocated and broke both bones in my right able on 6/6/15.

I got a nerve block to help with the pain but now I can't wiggle or feels my toes in my right foot, it's rally scaring me, I keep having a twitch on the outside of my right thigh.

I'm going to call the doctors office tomorrow and see what's up but reading these comments has got me concerned

Jun 08, 2015
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To frustrated
by: David

It's sad ! I have that too. Go to FB ankle fusion group and join.lots of answers to your questions

Jun 07, 2015
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frustrated
by: frustrated

Its almost 3 months since a Webber C fracture. Have the plates and screws in. Ankle pains almost gone but front of foot numbness and tingles and pains. Big toe and one next to it pulls in. Im not getting info from anyone on this. Is this normal? Will i ever get feeling back. Cant drive as i dont feel anything under my foot.

May 26, 2015
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Numbness in toes
by: Anonymous

Updated: saw the doctor on May 14. His response was that he thinks it is still the swelling around my foot. I do swell throughout the day but when I wake up after all night of elevation, my swelling is minimal but my toes and foot are still numb and it is extremely frustrating. Will it ever go away?? I haven't walked since March 19 and haven't had a pair of shoes on as well.

I am still NWB until the screw comes out of my ankle which I was told won't happen until the end of June. I am hoping that maybe the screw is compressing against something and once it is removed, I might have the right feeling back in my foot. Could this be a possibility? Or maybe there is nerve compression as a result of the plate along my fibula?

I will update after June 16 when my next appointment is...


May 25, 2015
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Nerve damage after ankle surgery
by: Laura

I am a 43 year old female who had ankle surgery on Dec 31, 2013 to repair a fibula fracture. It has been a year and a half now and I am still having problems with the nerves in my feet. I have been to two neurologists, had acupuncture, been on lyrica, gabapentin, and most recently trazadone. I have had verve blocks and steroids injected into various locations of my foot. I was a runner, a skier, loved to hike, dance, exercise, etc...I can't do any of these things anymore. I have developed tarsal tunnel, a huge bunion, and i have the weirdest sensations on the bottom of my foot (between my toes) and the top of my foot ALL DAY LONG! I have permanent contractures in all of my toes, except the big one, and I have had to have a tenotomy on the second due because I developed hammer toe. This was ALL a result of my ankle surgery a year and half ago! Is there any hope for me? Or is this permanent?

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Hi Laura,
In most cases, the more time that passes, the more likely your symptoms will be permanent. Having said that, it should be noted that nerve is one of the few tissues in the body that actually regenerates itself.
If the neurologist can pin down whether your problems are the result of damage to a specific nerve, there might be hope for you (to some degree).
Additionally, if you have a true tarsal tunnel, that would be causing some of the neurological sensations you are getting on the bottom of your foot and certain parts of the toes.
Tarsal tunnel is a condition that can be addressed, sometimes through surgery. You may want to explore that avenue.

Marc Mitnick DPM

May 11, 2015
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Foot numbness after ankle surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi Nancy,

I am sorry for you and it is very frustrating - I can honestly say that I understand. I can tell you that after 1 week of my surgery, I had them take the cast off because it was way too tight. I couldn't stand it anymore. They cut it off and gave me a boot. At least this allowed me to ice the wound properly. Just a suggestion for you. I will be in touch after my appointment this week. I intend to get to the bottom of the numbness in my toes.

Hang in there...

May 10, 2015
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numbness in toes after ankle surgery
by: nancy

Hi, I'm am dealing with the exact same thing (numbness exact, surgery & dressing too tight with pinched skin on top of foot).. been 3 1/2 weeks no improvement.. I can't stand it... talked to dr.he said the same, dressing to tight.. I am beyond frustrated, worried & still having pain in some toes.. ugh!

May 08, 2015
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Numbness after Ankle Surgery
by: Lisa

Lisa here... I am almost 8 weeks post op. Ankle feels good and I am still NWB. Swelling comes and goes but feels minor compared to a few weeks ago. I was told to do range of motion exercises which I do all throughout the day - without the boot. The biggest complaint is the numbness of my big toe, the toe box and bottom inside of the foot. It feels like there is a rubber band around all these areas stopping my circulation. If I put any pressure on my toe, it feels like it will explode. Oddly, no complaint about the ankle repair - only about the foot issues now. I see the surgeon on Thursday 5/14. I will post again to let you know what I find out. Can anyone relate? Fear is damaged nerves or compressed nerves by the hardware - 6 pins, plate and screw.

May 08, 2015
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Way Too Early
by: Anonymous

Give yourself a chance to heal! This was major surgery, not a cavity repair with novocaine! You will see the surgeon several times in the coming months and you DO want to think positive in during that time. Don't push it, don't test it, just breathe, smile and relax. That's all we can do as we recover.............

May 07, 2015
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Foot bottom numb / pins and needles toes
by: Anonymous

Almost two months after surgery. Pilon fracture. Broken tib/fib in 6 pieces. 4 plates, 24 screws later my foot is still very swollen. Cant wiggle or feel my toes or lower foot. Not weight bearing yet. Haven't started PT yet. Surgeon says swelling may be present for a year! Not sure about numbness or pins and needles but I'm sure there was some nerve damage.
Anyone else experience something similar?

Apr 16, 2015
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Numbness and spasms of the foot
by: Anonymous

I am 3 weeks post op, I had a tendon transfer ( taken from the big toe to the ankle ) and was told the pot was on too tight, I have numbness under the foot and in the toes also spasms under my foot that really hurt. On tramadol for the pain but it hasn't helped. Any one know how long it will hurt for.

Apr 09, 2015
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numbness after ankle Surgery
by: Lisa

Did your toes ever come back to life? I have the same exact problem and it is exactly the same way you described it to the "T". Any answers would be great. I have a bad feeling it is due to the nerve block. Not sure what to do but I am 2 weeks post op. It has night gotten ANY better. The reasons I was told were due to swelling. I am not swollen now... HELP.

Mar 31, 2015
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by: jim mcdonald

I am 66 and 26 years ago I had a cyst taken off my right ankle. In the process the Doc. nicked the nerve and I have been in severe pain every since. I went back to the doc. a few times and he said I had to live with it. I have and now it driving me nuts what can I do?

You could certainly get a second opinion in your area, but my guess, with all the time that has passed, there is not much that can be done, other than oral medication to mitigate the pain.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Mar 17, 2015
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frozen toes after surgery
by: Anonymous

Sorry to tell you, you might have nerve damage. there's not much you can do. they can give you pills for the pain, nerves can take a very very long time to heal. and they might not heal at all. those are one of the risk about surgery.. if you have any other questions please email me at david-latino@sbcglobal.net

Mar 16, 2015
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Frozen toes after ankle surgery
by: Anonymous

I had surgery for a bimalleolar ankle fracture. Two plates and some screws, not sure how many. After the surgery i did PT for 14 sessions, twice a week. My ankle healed very well but its been nearly two years since surgery and my toes are stiff, extremely painful, like still anesthitized feeling. They ache terribly. Ive been to pain management. I havent been able to find a dr. Who will tell me what happened to my toes. Does anyone else have this condition?

Mar 06, 2015
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Same
by: Anonymous

Hi

I'm 2 weeks 3 days post ankle arthroscopy.
Simple removal of 2 bony Spurs that were causing impingement and pain from this

Results from the op are great already but I also have the numb feeling you describe, coursing from the lateral portal that was made, In a line directly to the 2nd toe

Has your numbness gone away?


Mar 03, 2015
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numbness
by: vegas2yrs

I am 4 weeks post op from a calcaneal osteotomy, 2 ligament reconstruction, tendon allograft, plantar faciatis release, arthritis debriment, and bone half dozen bone chips/spurs removed. I was in surgery for 5 hrs. I have numbness over all 7 incisions and where my heel bone was moved. It is normal for this sensation. It is not as numb as 4 weeks ago. It could take months to subside. Hang in there!

Feb 06, 2015
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fractured foot
by: Anonymous

I broke my foot in 10 places on Dec 9th. I didn't have surgery until Dec 26. Here it is Feb And I'm still nonweight bearing..... Today my foot was really tingly, and I'm not sure if this is normal. Any answers?

Feb 05, 2015
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Broke both ankles
by: Anonymous

July 5, 2013 I broke both ankles after falling off a roof onto a concrete patio flat footed. I had compression fractures of both ankles while shattering my heels. I still have a plate and screws on my right ankle but my left one healed naturally. I am a very active person so my regiment and mind set was follow doctors orders to the tee and rebuild my body back to normal. So, after wheel chairing it for two months everywhere I finally got the ok to try to walk again. Wow, was this difficult. My leg, calf, thigh muscles had gone to jelly. I got a walker and one size larger shoes (feet are larger now) and began the trek to walking. I pushed myself everyday overcoming the numbness and pain knowing I can beat this.. I never went to a therapist cause I know my body better than anyone. I did get the colored bands to do leg, ankle exercises and fought to be as independent as possible. I was walking pretty normal 3 months post accident.
So, just push yourself through the pain to know in the end you will triumph... Good luck.

Feb 05, 2015
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ankleimplantfailuretriplefusionstressfracture
by: Anonymous

hi
Had trimaleoar fracture,then ankle replacement,then an implant failure,then triple fusion operation.Then a stress fracture for 8 months so far.I have been on crutches for 14 months and wearing a surgical boot for over 2 years continuiously and on morphine for pain.L am in my 60s need to hear from any other people who can share their experiences.I am at breaking point and need to hear from others who will understand,

Jan 18, 2015
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Almost 1 year
by: Anonymous

Feb 2014 I fractured my ankle in 3 places. I had surgery that same day. The pain was unbearable! I spent 10 days with a big ace bandage from foot to almost to my knee. Then a hard cast 10 days later. Then a boot a month later in the middle of March. During that time I felt numbness in my toes. That last for a few more weeks from the time after surgery till the middle of march. The only thing that helped was to keep my foot elevated. I spent 3x a week in physical therapy from Mid March till late May. It was very difficult recovery and so much pain. Walking in the boot was hard. I couldn't do it without crutches. Finally walked out of Physical therapy with both sneakers on and no crutches late May 2014. I had to go from size 8 sneaker to a 9. The first few weeks of walking without crutches were tough!!! It hurt so bad to just walk around the block. IT took an hour and walked like a turtle for most of the summer. It's almost a year and still walk slow but getting better. I still can't attempt to run or jump yet. It's a long recovery.

Jan 17, 2015
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answers and questions
by: Tiff

I broke 3 bones in my ankle in June tibula, fibula and talus. Surgery 4 days later I wouldn't wish the pain on anyone . I crawled ,scooched,knee scooter around the house till october. Nights pain was terrible. Keeping propped all the time sucked. Now January another surgery to remove the 2 plates 10 screws some washers asked to keep it all . Like shopping at home depot. But now I have numbness at the top of my foot. I go in to get the staples out Monday I just hope it isn't something has anyone got insight?

Dec 15, 2014
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Update on Ankle and Heel Fracture
by: Anonymous

I am now about 2 1/2 months post op. I have been able to fully bear weight for about a week, but because of the plate covering one of my joints, I am having difficulty doing so. I walk with both crutches and still have the boot on because of swelling (I don't think a shoe will fit).
I wanted to keep the plate and screws in, but after I found out a joint was not able to move I was told it would need to be removed in time. I can finally wiggle my toes, but I still have pain in them, and the arch of my foot.
Not sure how long it will take til I can walk normally without the clunky boot (which I'd love to burn when this is done), I may have to wait until the 2nd surgery.

Dec 15, 2014
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Had total ankle replacement
by: Anonymous

I had a total ankle replacement back in 04 I have numb toes my little toe and a lot of pain still it has been over 9 years I had a DePuy inplant look like a liberty bell I had that for a few years then the pain started so I gone to a surgean in another state he tried 4 times I still have pain! He tells me he will not work on me anymore just cuz I have pain still so now I live on pain pills DePuy is being sued for hips knees but not ankle this is not fair anyone who had a ankle replacement that have problems should be compensated !.


Nov 16, 2014
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Broken heels require lots of patience
by: Anonymous

Still being seen by therapists and doctors and undergoing more tests for right and left bilateral intra articular calcaneal fratures involving the posterior facet and stress fracture to the talar bone. It has been seven months. I am grateful that I am here to tell the story, but still have huge pain when I walk, that ranges from impinged, to dull and achy to sharp and stabbing, to the feeling of walking on a broken Christmas ball, to burning and numbness to my knees. Don't know what the outcome will be. My limp is very severe if I do normal activities like take a small walk around the block. I am having an EMG on Tuesday to determine nerve involvement. The healing is very long. Trying to keep my chin up - but my new normal is exhausting. Can't wait to have my real life back.

Nov 09, 2014
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time heals
by: lily

I'm 8 days post op. fractured my fibula and dislocated ankle. they put a plate and six screws. getting up to go to the bathroom is the worst experience for me. blood rushes down my operated leg, throbbing pain and it feels like my leg will explode. when I lie back after standing up the pain is even worse, I thought I was going to lose consciousness a couple of times from the pain. but I tell myself it could be worse. I'm alive and it might take a year to heal, but I'm alive. I broke my ankle when crossing a highway. could have been run over but I'm lucky to still be here

Nov 02, 2014
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ankle fusion surgery
by: david

Hello,
just had ankle fusion July 25th 2014 been having ankle pain(or a rock in my shoe) since1987 finally had the opportunity to have this operation.I am 46 ...i kinda having regrets about the surgery. Been going through sooo much pain,and now my toes are numb and the bottom of my foot pad. I am outta my cast and into my boot,I been walking with pain.pain pills me very sick to my stomach. Have to use lidocaine cream.sometimes I see progress. ..just have to be positive. That everything will be all right in the end.it's very hard though! May all of you people get well soon !

Nov 01, 2014
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numbness in heal and big toe 3 weeks after surgery
by: Anonymous

i had ankle arthoscopy surgery 3 weeks ago due to a fractured talus bone in my ankle and i still have numbness in my big toe and complete numbness in my heel … should i be worried?

Oct 21, 2014
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Franctured Ankle
by: Anonymous

I think it took about 3 months before my toes felt normal. I had fractured my ankle 3 places back in February 2014. I've had surgery with 9 screws and 1 plate. I've had month of physical therapy. I could not walk 4 months. My ankle is a little better now. It is still stiff and swollen and as the Dr said it will be that way for a while. I need to stretch a lot before I walk.

Oct 21, 2014
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Give it a year
by: Anonymous

I had an ankle replacement in feb 2013. I had all the same issues as you, numbness, not feeling my foot, etc, It took a full year for me to return to normal feeling. It is hard to wait, I know but it will happen.

Oct 21, 2014
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Ankle and Heel Fracture
by: Anonymous

About a month ago I fractured my ankle and my heel. The doctor said I basically exploded my heel because my ankle ended up inside my heel. Way to go me, since I fell only about 2 feet.
I had surgery, 7 screws and a plate, and am currently 3 weeks post-op. Having the stitches removed was amazing, since the itch was driving me crazy.
I have been doing my range of motion exercises, which seems like I am basically just hanging my foot there doing nothing. I can lift my toes towards me just a little bit but I can't bend my toes. I also cannot feel the bottom of my foot at all with the exception of my heel.
Has anyone else experienced this? I should also say that I haven't been able to feel my toes since the injury, but I thought with the surgery that might come back, sadly it didn't.
I am just curious to know will the feeling in my toes and the bottom of my foot come back? Should I be concerned?

Oct 12, 2014
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Orif of tibia-pilon
by: Anonymous

Hi. I had ORIF on my pilon -bad fracture 3month ago. I can't move my big toe and have lots of numbness around my akle.
It's frustrating not know if this will get better. Doc said I have to be patient. .... so hard if you don't know your future.

Sep 30, 2014
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The Memories Remain
by: Anonymous

But they do somewhat FADE eventually. Over three years after an ORIF, it's not hard to recall the feeling of hopelessness/helplessness, lying on the couch or bed for hours to keep leg elevated. And the 3 months in a wheelchair was a lot of fun too. (I fell 4 times trying to maneuver around on crutches.) And I recall watching youtube videos of people exercising while seated. The whole experience was reminiscent of being a child. And since I couldn't put pressure on my foot there were no milestones to look forward to. Time went slowly, for sure. I may always have these round discolored patches around my ankle from the "fracture blisters," supposedly uncommon but I don't think they are.
Good luck to us all as we get over the traumas of life. In retrospect these injuries should not have happened, we should have been more watchful, paid more attention, and we would not have been on this website at all!
God Bless.

Sep 28, 2014
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still numb and in pain 4 years later
by: iwasneverthesameafterfoootsurgery

I had foot surgery to release a nerve on both my feet and ever since then my feet have never been the same again. They feel numb but yet on fire, pins and needles, achy, my ankles feel very weak and my calfs constantly get cramps and never feel relaxed.
I have 3 very young kids to keep up with and this pain is debilitating. I've been to every doctor, physical therapist and injection known to man and no one STIKL knows how to fix me. It's So Very Frustrating.
I just wanna run with my kids again!!!

Sep 24, 2014
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swollen ankle
by: betty

I had a bone spur removed from the back of my heel. now, 6 weeks after surgery, my ankle becomes VERY swollen by evening. is this normal, and any indication of a blood clot?

If you have any questions regarding your surgery, the best person to speak to is your surgeon as he or she is most familiar with your case.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 23, 2014
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ending of 2 broken heels and.....
by: Anonymous

I've allowed that I'll be notified in the event I get replies to my posts. I'm not shy nor am I embarrassed, sh*t happens and trees need trimming. I'll do it again but will use harnesses etc. The trim job I did was supposed to take 5 minutes lol. If someone asks what you were doing on a ladder, jumping off a fence etc. and it sounds condescending, tell 'em to take a hike. They should know the hospital treats a wide array of injuries and sickness everyday because unless visiting, why would you be there in the first place????

May your recovery be speedy and may you keep positive and upbeat and know that there will be challenges that others have met before you, many defeated when they tried.

Sincerely, Rick

Jun 23, 2014
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last continued for 2 broken heels....
by: Anonymous

I wrote my novel in hopes that some might find some solace in my advice. Two days after I was admitted to hospital and 1 day before the long operations (Friday the 13th was ops. day) I happened to see the people in the cast department, hauling this huge cart full of new walking casts (ski boots) and apparently those are just a few days worth... Many people before you and I have had to be operated for such injuries and thankfully there are people who thought they'd like to specialize in that field.

I count the days-almost 2 weeks since I exited a very nice tree, hit pavement at approx. 16 feet below. The crack heard was like a sledgehammer hitting cement. I'm thankful nothing came shooting out my ankles or wrist, all say that back, pelvis, broken toes, legs etc. Would have been the mother load of problems. I feel more for what my family went through because in the hospital I was in good hands, they had to wait for the verdict. Treat your family well, they're your saviours and you hope you never have to re-pay the favors...

On the 30th when I get my f.g. casts I plan on telling my physician that IF there's ever a need for a guinea pig for experimental surgeries, I'm it. Since I don't have any vices, I'd be seen as the ultimate candidate and with no interference for recovery, you never know.

Count every day that passes as one more that distances you from all that trauma. Laugh because yeah, even professional roofers make mistakes but they don't often admit it. My own guy who does the eavestroughs for my places, sets up 2 extension ladders up to a 40-foot high house and he jumps from ladder to ladder like Spiderman and if that isn't tempting fate, I don't know what is....

Check out places like YouTube and look for the good videos where some will show you their injuries but also will appear to be pretty upbeat with their thumbs-up.' Remember that the hospital staff have seen it all but they often tell you the absolute worst case scenario but for me, they went way to far

Jun 23, 2014
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3rd add to 2 broken heels and......
by: Anonymous

Hopefully I'm not boring you all....

The pain: right wrist, very little and full movement in all fingers. Right heel: has had very little pain since day one, little numbness and toes wiggle. Left heel: numb for long time, was pretty swollen, no throbbing until 9 days after surgery and I know that's a good thing. I'm in backboards and gauze until the 30th and I gather that fiberglass casts will be a godsend since they'll be lighter. I place ice packs on my legs and on my toes and since I have a massive amount of surgical supplies in my shops etc., I slightly trimmed a little too-tight gauze away from left toes so the little piggies could be cleaned and wiggled as well as where the gauze across left shin was too tight. Seems that for the temp. Backboards and plaster gauze and how swelling either continues or reduces, some adjustments are needed. Took a look at my calf and massively swollen and I cut down the non-backboard front over my shin to relieve some pressure. Remember, dark bruising turns to grape koolaid purple to green-yellow and you're on the way.....

Yes, I keep my legs elevated as much as possible, I hate having to do it as I am a motoring kind of guy. I can rest my feet on ground and with knee pads can climb 16 steps multiple times a day. I wasn't about to alter my house for this since it's been mine for 32 years already. I've seen amputees climb stairs with only good hands and arms and stubs where the leg should be below what was once their knees. This people are who I see as inspiration. My injuries will give some problems later on, so what, laughingly I doubt if If any neighbors or friends will ever ask for a free favor again lol.

Jun 23, 2014
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continued for 2 broken heels.....
by: Anonymous

So today is June 20th and 7 days since my 3 tops. In Canada, it's all free, right down to even all the cast changes etc. I feel blessed, if we were in the U.S., my home would probably be on the market as we speak.

I've known people who lost whole limbs, never really thought about what they went through, my life takes up most of my thoughts. For some, I know they had it hard but the example I'd use is one of the many people I saw over the years who came to an occasional yard sale of ours. When you met a "down-and-outer who is walking with crutches and is still drunk at 9:00 on a Sat. Morning and ask how therapy is going, it was often, "not good, doctors ain't helping"
Hey, I don't judge but they are on a path that doesn't look promising and their physician has got to be disappointed. I've even seen some comments at Rate My Doctor and my physician stopped treating one guy who I'll bet wouldn't help himself anyway.

Jun 23, 2014
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shattered heels, fractured wrist
by: Anonymous

I'd like to comment here and tell you what happened and how a positive outlook is the start of my recovery as it should yours. Tuesday June 10 why cutting a tree branch my ladder slipped, I hung onto a tree branch as long as I could and finally had no choice but to let go and land on a sidewalk approx. 16 feet below. The result: seriously shattered the left, right heel not so bad, right wrist probably what could be construed as quite common. Hospital ER via family, stayed alert and heard the usual "you've done yourself some serious injury, it'll be a longgggg road to recovery, yap yap yap, AND you'll probably get arthritis too, later...."

Pretty much so what, I was already experiencing a little arthritis in the right heel, I'm 52 and although I've never broken any bones, I've climbed my share of roofs, trees etc. I see it as, what the heck do you think an orthopedic surgeon does every working day of his life anyway? These docs are amazing and granted, I'll need to make some changes in my life but I've only been altered, I haven't been defeated.

I can walk on my knees, I use knee pads. I can hoist myself up into a wheelchair or into bed, sofa etc. since right elbow is good and my left arm was uninjured. My upper body strength is excellent as I once was a power lifter in weight training.

I don't smoke, drink, do drugs or take any meds if I don't have to. That morphine (pill or IV) was the worst because as soon as it wears off, hey, pain still there huh? A patient only needs to ask for more and will be given it. Upon exiting our Canadian hospital, NO meds wanted, only got their prescription for the $300 worth of 28 needles of dalteparin

Jun 07, 2014
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Swelling and Stifness in Foot/Ankle
by: Anonymous

I'm at month 4 with Trimalleolar fracture. I'm walking now. I still have swelling and stiffness in my ankle. Anyone know how long that lasts? I'm going to physical therapy a few times a week. The Ortho Dr prescribed meloxicam to reduce swelling. I'm afraid to take medication. Any thoughts to this?

Jun 07, 2014
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Still numb after ankle surgery
by: Anonymous

I recently broke my ankle, and I was told I needed surgery.

I got a nerveblock injection in my thigh, which numbed my entire foot, and when I woke up from surgery they had placed two nails in my ankle. Its been 6 weeks since the surgery it, and I have started walking on it. One problem is that my foot is numb in several different places. The ball of my foot is completely numb, but its fine on top of the foot. My heel is also pretty numb, but slightly better. It hasn't improved one bit over the last 6 weeks, and when I tell the doctors, they don't seem very surprised, and they usually just say that it's what can happen during surgery, and that it will probably return in time... I can't walk properly because of it, since it feels like I have a mattress instead of a foot, and it causes a weird aching sensation..

Jun 02, 2014
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post surgery problems
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i had Achilles tendon surgery on my right foot on 1/30/14 been having numbness in the last two toes of my foot get semi numb, burning, pain I had emg done which showed partial right sural neuropathy and diffuse motor/sensory polyneuropathy--please tell me what this means

This means you have had nerve damage to the sural nerve which passes just to the outside of the achilles tendon. You should mention this to your surgeon to see if there is anything that can be done.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 02, 2014
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Trimalleolar ORIF -Pregnant
by: She

I suffered a trimalleolar fracture on 19 April '14 at 27 weeks pregnant. I am nearly 6 weeks post ORIF op and baby's due in approximately 6 weeks. My mobility has been further compromised by a pelvic condition (pregnancy related) so for the last month or so I've literally been unable to do anything! I hopefully get my cast off in 2 days time, but I worry that the additional baby weight, and weight from being so inactive will further impede recovery? I'm desperate to get back on my feet as also have a demanding (aren't they all)! 2 yr old. I haven't a thing ready for new baby and my house is horrendous :( Anybody else with similar experience with any advice?

May 29, 2014
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Trimaleolar Week 13
by: Anonymous

I'm at week 13 since Trimalleolar fracture with surgery plus screws and plate. 2 weeks ago I was able to put my other sneaker on. This week was the first week I was able to walk into Physical Therapy without crutches. I'm 42 and progress has been slow. I still have stiffness and swelling but its getting better everyday. I can walk but not very far. I do have to stop every so often. As long as I stretch my foot and do the exercises physical therapy gave me to do at home. The first time I started walking it was very painful. They say you just have to start walking and the pain will be less. My heel hurt in the beginning and my toes felt tingly. That went away. It's a long road but it will get better.

May 29, 2014
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Ankle pain and swelling after cast removal
by: Frieda

I had a trimalleor break on March 27th and had operation involving plates and pins to stabilise my ankle on April 3rd. I had a back slab cast on for 3 weeks and then a lighter full cast on for almost 4 weeks. I had that cast removed 10 days ago and was told to try putting my weight on as the pain allowed. Well there has been little progress and there is no way I can put my foot down flat on the floor. I can press down with my toes but my ankle is so stiff I cannot bend it to walk. I do soak it in the bath where there is a little more flexibility and I do try stretching it. I use ice and raise my ankle several times a day but when my leg is down it swells easily and it looks purple. I do have purple legs as a rule but this is extreme. Is this normal and will I just have to persevere with this extremely slow progress?

May 04, 2014
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Stay Positive
by: Anonymous

I'm at 3 months since my ankle surgery Trimaleolar
fracture. I've had a month of physical therapy. As of today I'm still in a boot but pt expects me to be in my sneakers the next few visits. It's not been easy. My foot is still stiff at times and gets swollen if I wear the boot all day and sit in a car for a long time. I think it's going to be a few more months till my foot feels like normal. Patience is important because I hear it will get better. At 7 weeks I understand where you are. I was so uncomfortable. Stay positive.

May 04, 2014
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Ankle debridement
by: Anonymous

I had ankle surgery 7 weeks ago .... 2 weeks in a NWB plaster cast and 4 weeks in a synthetic fiberglass cast. I am now one week out of my cast and in a walking boot, experiencing a lot of numbness and swelling, starting PT next week which I have heard is also painful ... So not looking forward to that at all
In all honesty I was expecting the cast to be removed and I would just have a few visits to the PT be to put a shoe on and off I go back to normal .... In the last 7 days I have realized that the surgery and recovery in the cast was actually the easy part and the hardest work is still to come .... And if I had the option again I probably not have had the surgery at all if I had of realized what a huge impact it would have on my life

Apr 26, 2014
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ankle pain and numbness
by: Anonymous

I had ankle replacement surgery in 2010.Since then I have had severe ankle pain and numbness on top of my foot and burning pain up my leg. My Dr has done a MRI to see if there is something going on with the ankle replacement. He finds nothing. He has no understanding of why my ankle swells and is numb and very painful. I have seen numerous comments from people in the same position and have yet to hear from a Doctor. This pain is real and Please Help Us.

PLLLLEEEEEAAAASSSSSEEEEE I cannot take this pain much more. It has changed my life and not for the better.

Apr 22, 2014
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post op problems
by: lwsusmc

I am a 61 year old active female, a nurse so always on my feet. I had surgery 1/30/14. I had 1. right distal Achilles reconstruction (50% of Achilles removed due to tear and grossly abnormal with calcification) 2. resection of Haglund deformity 3.Excision of retrocalcaneal bursa. Today 4/22/14 12 weeks post op I have had 2 infections caused by internal dissolvable sutures that did no dissolve and tried to fester out--I am having terrible burning on outside of foot down to and including the last two toes and also going up shin. trouble sleeping at night as the covers and turning make it worse. I have been having swelling of the foot also going up lower leg--I have been having my husband take pictures of the swelling. Also as I walk it feels like I am walking on pebbles under my heel. My doctor feels swelling is "normal" states other people have commented it feel like they are walking on stones and he is concerned the nerve block may be causing burning--didn't say if it would stop but put me on Neurontin which I will start tonight--any feed back would be appreciated

Apr 19, 2014
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I never knew
by: Franko

I was operated on Jan. 10,2014 for a number of things in my foot including posterior tibial insufficiency, spring ligament repair and flat foot deformitity. The surgery report was three pages long and quite detailed. Originally I was told by my Doctor that I would make a full recovery within 8-10 weeks which at the time seemed like a long time. I was also told that the operation had very little risk and I would be completely pain free after the healing. Well so far none of that has been true and it has been 14 weeks after surgery. I think if the Doctors were honest with you and told you what you were about to embark on you would never have your foot operated on unless you were in constant severe pain. Finding this site has helped me understand a lot so I want to pass on my experiences to help others. I was under the impression that I was the only one who experienced a burning sensation in my big toe and second toe, I thought that numbness in the same two toes and the ball of my foot was a problem with the surgery. My two toes swell-up and have no flexibility upward. Any type of PT involving the toes sends my entire foot into trauma causing it to swell to the size of a small grapefruit. Well it sounds like others are having the same problems so I guess that means that these are common and I should have more patience. I just wish I could get straight answers out of my Doctor so I don't have to guess what is a real problem and what is not.

Mar 30, 2014
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Ruptured achilles
by: Anonymous

I ruptured my Achilles' tendon in January of 2014 and I had surgery to repair the tendon. I received a nerve block in my leg to help easy the pain. Which it helped. I am about 1 month post surgery and I am having burning in my toes. I can't sleep nor can i put any weight on my left leg. Evert haying that I touch with my foot cause so much pain that. I can't even place a dock on my foot. The only thing that I found to help is icing my foot down. If anyone can help me please. I am to the point where I just can't take it anymore. Pain pills don't work. I have not slept through he night since I have had the surgery.

You need to bring these problems to the attention of your surgeon; it is his responsibility to help you with your pain issues.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Feb 23, 2014
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Nerve sensitivity
by: Anonymous

I'm glad I found this page! I had surgery dec 20th. They sawed my heel bone in half to move it, removed a tendon, and then cut one in half, and then cleaned all my tendons and ligaments in my ankle. Now it's over two months later and I'm having burning sensation on the right outside of my foot from my small toe to about half way up my side of foot. It's very sensitve to anything touching it (blankets, sheets, even just having nothing on it). My physical therapist told me to rub the area with a soft blanket to desensitize the nerve and my OS said the same thing. But it's so annoying. I can't sleep at night as I'm constantly tossing and turning trying to ease it. Anyone else have this? If so how long did it take to go away? I had a cast on for seven weeks and it has been off now for three weeks if that helps.

Feb 22, 2014
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Numbness after surgery
by: Anonymous

The best tip I got was to rub the foot with a wash cloth often through the day. The cloth is rough and it stimulates the NERVES under the skin, is the explanation I received.

After 2.5 years my ankle joint is still numb, I would say. That may always be stiff feeling, I don't know. With changes of weather I use Traumeel, a homeopathic cream, around the ankle, or most often I will wear a sock to bed, which helps keep the cold from settling in. Those two things are so easy to do, with no damage to the skin. But the rest of the foot is good, thank God! I am still looking for good yard boots to use when I need to fertilize the 1/2 acre, to help me feel more secure about the ankle accidentally bending.

Feb 22, 2014
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Trimalleolar Fracture
by: Anonymous

I spent 2 weeks after surgery on the couch. I got the stitches out yesterday and a hard cast. I thought the initial break was bad. I'm telling you trying to get my foot in a cast I was crying.
Is it normal to feel some pain and twitching of the toes etc..? Numbness of the toes? Is it better to keep foot elevated most of the time? Anyone else knee swelling?

Jan 22, 2014
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Still Numb
by: Hopefull

I had a bone spur grounded down right before thanksgiving. I am now in mid-Jan and my foot is still numb. Specifically the top nerve going up to my big toe. I suspected after surgery that my splint may have been too tight and i was right. bruises are evident on the top of my foot. My doc just said to keep an eye on it. She also said that bruised nerves usually take a month to come back. Welp..still numb. I'm hopefully that i can recover before spring but not sure...fingers crossed. Next option..wondering if i can sue for nerve damage..

Jan 16, 2014
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Posterior tibial tendon transfer with calcaneal osteotomy
by: TJ

Hi all. Had surgery on Oct 8th 2013,progressing pretty well in my own opinion, as I had similar surgery on right foot in 1998 and it is very successful. However,I am experiencing tingling and heavy sweating under the toes on my right foot since recent surgery. Surgeon has no idea why my toes are sweating so much, but it only started post surgery. Have not seen this on here but does anybody have a similar experience post surgery. Not the biggest thing in the world, but it is very irritating. Good luck to all in recovery and thanks for the great posts.

Oct 16, 2013
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Feeling is returning
by: HB

I had foot surgery over 2 years ago, the incision was on the side of the foot from the toe to the arch in a straight line. My toe had some feeling left but pretty numb, and a bit of numbness on the top of the foot as clearly nerves were cut so that affects the whole foot. To cut a long story short a year ago I started going to Yoga classes twice a week. While you think your foot is exercizing by simply walking, yoga goes beyond that. It actually awakens your feel and strengthens them in a way that walking normally in shoes or eve doing sports does not. Because you learn to grip the mat with your toes, open up your arches, anchor your body to the floor through your heel and sides of the feel to balance and be in the right posture for standing positions. Also last month I did a 3 hour yoga class which happened to focus on feel, so most of the 3 hours we were warming up the feet by massage, then flexing them but standing up on toes, mindful walking and so on. The past few days I'm getting odd sensations in the top of my foot, when I kneel down my foot feels like when you bang your elbow on the funny bone? It feels strange, I have realised that the nerves 2-3 years on are starting to wake up! My toe has more feeling in it, it is amazing. I knew that it could take a long time (or never) for more feeling to return. I think the yoga has definitely aided it's return, I do know that when my teacher is on holiday for a month then I go back to class my feet feel so stiff and weak. So I would recommend yoga classes for people post op I wish I did it sooner after the operation but it was over a year later I joined.

Sep 27, 2013
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9 months post-op
by: Mike

I am 9 months post-op on a mid-foot fusion surgery. I will tell you that I am still numb in the same areas as the original poster. I have had laser treatment at the PT and it does seem to be helping but I have resigned myself to knowing that I will never properly kick a soccer ball again. This surgery has produced more problems with my foot than it solved. Think twice before opting for foot surgery!

Aug 19, 2013
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Broken calcaneus and numb foot 5 weeks post op
by: Anonymous

Hi, my doctor tells me things are normal and at week 8 I will be able to walk 10-20 feet. However half of the day my entire foot is numb. I had surgery with 6 screws in my heel. I have been non weight bearing since. However when I stand on my walker I touch my hurt foot to the ground. The dark purple foot can not bend as would needed to walk. My toes are in the air. My doc doesn't believe in PT but stretching. Some nights the pain is so intense! Some days it is only numbness. So I am hoping to hear walking is sooner and not later.I can drive and use a knee scooter. I also refused to keep getting cast as the itching and it was uncomfortable. I researched and brought in a short walking boot which inflates which my doc liked and was much lighter than the hospital walking boot/cast they gave me. I massage my foot at least 1 hour a day. I am married to a doc. They are human. A friend told.me to take back control since we pay them, they work for us. I found a water proof sock online and used with waterproof surgical tape has allowed me to swim since day 12 post surgery- my doc had never heard of it. Back to the numbness, I am trying really hard but I feel like I will never walk without a scooter. My foot feels just as bad as it did before I was swimming and on a scooter or stretching and massages.

Aug 10, 2013
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Vicodin
by: Anonymous

I had surgery 2 months ago. I had ankle reconstruction. NWB still. Numbness is in the ball of my foot and under the toes. It feels weird but i am not worried too much. My Dr has walked me every step of the way. He has been right on target tell me what to expect withing a certain time frame. He told me that the numbness around the incision is permanent and the there will be a small percent of feeling that will not return but within the year my ankle will be 100%. I am grateful that he did not give me Vicodin past two weeks. That is dangerous stuff that is addicting and caused liver damage. Talk with a professional about pain management and the will teach you how and what drugs to alternate.
Listen to the dr. Stay off your foot. Be a good patient and you will heel. The world and your job can wait. (dr certification will protect your job)
Best of Luck.

Jun 16, 2013
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numbness after total ankle replacement
by: rammsteinfan

I had total ankle replacement in June of 2012 and ever since that time my ankle and foot are totaly numb. My toes also curl up and make uncontrollable movements that are driving me crazy. My DR says it is normal and it should go away with time (it's been a year), but I feel worse now than before the surgery. Does anyone else have the curling of the toes and the twitching like I have and if so can you tell me what has helped you if anything. Also I have no balance on my right leg. Thank you My email address is darkdave03@yahoo.com for anyone with info.

Jun 03, 2013
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Post Orif of the ankle
by: Anonymous

Hi! Im a month post op ORIF of the right ankle. Im still non weight-bearing and still in a lot of pain. But what worries me is that i feel pain on my foot (not the wound) almost every night. I can't sleep at all. Its like a pulling, throbbing pain and sometimes burning. I really don't knownif i should tell my doctor or is this what i should expect.

Hi,
Let your doctor decide if your symptoms are something to be concerned about or not.
Marc Mitnick DPM

May 22, 2013
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Pain and numbness
by: Valerie

It was so good to find this site. I felt like this might be in my head but things you have all said are so like what is happening to me. I had bone spurs removed, bones fused (with a rod put in the bottom of my foot) and a total ankle replacement three months ago. I have been suffering this nerve pain in my first two toes and on the ball of my foot. I have been in PT for over a month and the therapist cannot even do everything I need to do because of the pain. I take pain meds the doctor gave me after surgery and they do not even help. I feel like my family thinks I am dragging this out and am not really in this pain. I am frustrated because I can't even get up and straighten up the house. Like many others the sheets hurt my foot. Last doctor visit I got a new brace called a wraptor and it goes inside my shoe. I can hardly stand to wear it, it just makes things worse. Today I got a call from HR at my job telling me today is the end of my Family Medical Leave and if I do not come back by June 10th they are going to re-evaluate my position. Well we all know what that means. I teach pre-school children and am afraid I will not be able to take it. I am getting depressed and feel nobody understands. Thanks for sharing your experience. I wish everyone the best, I know your pain.

Apr 22, 2013
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Numbness after Fusion
by: Drea

I see I am not alone in that I have numbness to the entire front of my foot after surgery. I had a fusion done 4 months ago. My ankle feels great..my foot which never had a problem, is now so numb it feels like I have been out in the snow for hours. Numbness is Driving me NUTS.. Doc says it could be nerve damage and wants to try to desensitize is by doing some PT and using a creme medication which is rubbed into foot. I will post if it works. I didn't get it yet. I also have regrets that I had surgery. Ankle was really bad. I have a plate and 7 screws. The arthritis was terrible and the talus bone collapsed. My foot fused itself over the years and was deformed. They considered amputation as well, and we decided to give this a try. I don't know. Amputation is not sounding so bad right now. YES IT'S THAT BAD. Ugh......I want to scream sometimes. I just wish I could get a break from it once in a while. Meds don't do a thing. I hope all of you get better soon. I feel your pain. Most people have no idea what we are dealing with on a daily basis.

Apr 15, 2013
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oats sx
by: Anonymous

Wow, im not crazy, for me its been 2 months since my surgery ,and today I am going to os. I am still non weight bearing and am in a lot of pain still. My two little toes are numb and the inside of my ankle aches , the top of ankle is sore , calf is aching this is ridiculous. It is 5:30 am and I was awoken with pain. I regret everyday getting this done

Apr 13, 2013
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ankle ligament repair/reconstruction
by: Anonymous

hi
i had ligament surgery and am now 6 weeks in a cast no weight bearing. i am nervous as to what will happen when i go back for the cast off. I have looked on various sites and am i right in thinking it will be at least another 6 weeks before i can fully weight bear? any advice would be appreciated.

Feb 26, 2013
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Foot ankle numbness and calf pain
by: Anonymous

I had ATF replacement surgery almost two years ago, and although I was ok for about 6 months after it healed and I was done with PT, the pain and numbness in my entire right leg from knee down has come back bad for almost a year now. I continue to go to PT twice a week, my three little toes are numb, and there are constant muscle cramps/knots in my shin and bottom of foot plantar muscle. I'm terrified that I will have to live with worse pain than I started with for the rest of my life. I can no longer work out or where any type of heels. Any suggestions?

Jan 30, 2013
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Plate and 6 screws in ankle
by: Bonnie

I had surgery on 12/20 they placed a plate and 6 screws in my ankle. I complained after surgery of calf pain from the splint, ended up with a blood clot in the calf. Splint was so tight I had a bruise and deep indent in top of my calf. Got a normal cast on 12/31, just went back to OS yesterday 1/29 removed cast and gave me a support to wear in my shoe. Its a small air gel support. DR said no PT was necessary and gave me exercises to do on my own.

My problem is my foot is still very swollen and bruised I have complete numbness on the top of my foot from the base of my toes to my ankle feels like it has fallen asleep. It hurts to touch. Dr said not to worry its normal but how long will this last.


Jan 19, 2013
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Numbness and pain still in ankle, after 8 months
by: Anonymous

I had a major car accedent in may 18 2012. I went of the highway and into a ditch. I was rushed to the hospital, then airlifted to a larger hospital. They were waiting for me in the or. I crushed my right ankle and split the front bone in the same leg almost near my knee. My left angle was fractured, and a boot was put on. Back to my right foot I had a fixater put on,which had rods put in my bones to keep my ankle and leg from moving. I could feel numbess in parts of my foot and just thought it was from the fixature. When it was removed, I still had numbness in my last 2 toes,and the balls of my foot and a couple of other arears. They said I will get feelings back.I have gone to a PT and told him also.I do have Diabetes type 2. On the last app.I told the surgent DR, and he said it was possible related to the diabetes. Today I'm still in a lot of pain. I went to the clinic near here and they called the ortipic on call and he said that is't is probably diabetic neuriphy. I have never had any problem before the accidend. So I'm confussed what is going on. Is it one or the other. Remember that I had the fixature on my foot near my 2 last toes. Has anyone our there have had simular problem with a fixature.

Dec 20, 2012
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numb toes
by: Anonymous

I had. Surgery. One week ago with a pain block in my thigh. They I had ligament surgery. I'm nervous because I have a numb baby toe and that side of my foot. My doctor took off my cast checked it out and recasted today. He said feeling should take 3 months and. Come back a milameter a day. I feel like I had feeling here the other day I'm not sure cause. I was on meds. Its. Weird and uncomfortable. I probably. Could have gone without surgery if I knew this. Very sad. Any advise. Since I'm only 7 days since procedure?

Nov 29, 2012
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Numbness not gone away after 16 months
by: H.P.

It's been 16 months since my ORIF and the numbness all around the ankle has not gone away. Three months ago I started working, so my foot was not elevated as much as before. There was a lot of swelling, and then pain started a few weeks later. Sharp, needle-type pain, or I was even imagining shards of bone, ha ha. But the pain - all below the ankle - was so concerning that I actually went to an urgent care center and had x-rays. I was told everything was OK except for swelling. Now I'm elevating the foot again and even in bed at night. The pain has mostly gone away, unless I have to work in the yard for a while.
Bottom line, though, is that the NUMBNESS of the ankle has not gone away.

Nov 29, 2012
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surgery
by: Anonymous

I have had 3 ankle surgery s 2 in the las six months and my dr is now saying that all my numbness is from the nerve block that was put in that it was set the wrong way and there was nothing he could do about that that i had to talk to the people that put my block in . I belive him tho because when i was in hospital with block it was leaking outside of my leg so my ankle never even got the meds plus to make things wores i got a nurse that woul not give me my pain meds so i was dieing in there come to find out she would skip peoples pain meds and take them for herself what a messed up world we have here these days i hope u get better and im hopeing i will too

Jul 08, 2012
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Retro calcaneal spur surgery
by: Jerry

I recently had surgery to remove a bone spur. My foot feels tingly, numb and burning. I had surgery on June 27, 2012. when I went in to get my new cast they were supposed to put my foot at a 90 degree angle, but was not able to when they put the cast on. Should I have them redo the cast and get it to the 90 degree angle that it should be? I take 2 percocet every 4 hours and that does not even help with the pain. Please if anyone is willing, I could use some great advice.

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Hi Jerry,
It has only been roughly ten days since your surgery so it is not a far fetched notion that you should still be experiencing some pain, but based on your narrative, your pain seems out of proportion to the procedure performed, particularly if you are non-weightbearing on the the affected foot.
The best advice I could ever give you is to give the surgeon's office a call and voice your concern to them. Let them decide if your symptoms are inconsistent with where you should be in the healing process. They, obviously, are more familiar with your case then any one on the internet could possibly be.
I know in my practice, I want my surgical patients calling me if they have a problem, as I am best qualified to decide if there really is an issue or not.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jul 02, 2012
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Trying cold laser
by: Anonymous

It's been 11 months since my ORIF. Ankle is still numb but rest of foot is OK. I am having a second "cold laser" treatment at the physical therapy office tomorrow. No RX is required for this, just an appointment, and maybe it will stimulate anything that still has to heal. This office charges $35/treatment, worth a try.

Jul 01, 2012
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Numbness
by: Mary

Went to the dr June 27th, he said I can begin wearing my athletic shoe on my left foot where I had my ankle surgery. I asked him about the numbness and was told during the surgery, they move nerves around to get to the bones they need to put the screws into. They're not sure how long the numbness could last but eventually it should go away. If you want more info on broken ankles, there is a facebook page you can go to. It's facebook.com/groups/368618886485089.

Jun 30, 2012
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walking on one and a half feet
by: Anonymous

Hi, I’m back to report on progress - or lack there of.
Although I am now putting on shoes and returning to my job as a carpenter my foot is still swollen and numb. Not numb like I would not know if I stepped on a nail, but numb like its asleep and just won’t wake up. As much as the swelling has diminished I still can not see the tendons connecting the toes on my left foot as I can on my right foot and my toe pads do not touch the floor as the foot pad is just swollen enough to keep the toes elevated. Moving my toes feels much like there is a large rubber band around the base of the toes – especially the big toe. All this adds up to very odd and not comfortable feelings in my left foot. If the numbness is diminishing it is doing so at a very slow pace. I don’t ever notice any daily difference in the feeling in my foot. However I can remember when I could not stand to have my bed sheets touch my toes and that no longer bothers me. I am expecting that if this feeling ever goes away it will be some time in the future. I’m now hoping that maybe within a year it will all be a memory – but who knows.
One thing I will warn all who suffer from nerve damage from injury – beware believing you might have neuropathy most often caused by more serious diseases. Wanting to know more about my numb foot I spent way too much time on the internet and came to the conclusion that I must surly be in the early stages of a condition called Peripheral Neuropathy. Although this condition can be caused locally by trauma or injury or compression or frostbite - it (according to my doctor friends) does not lead to the severity of the condition caused by diabetes. Nerves damaged to injury tend to stay local. That – to me – was some good news. Keep in mind that I am not a doctor, so I don’t necessarily know what I am talking about. I am only relating what I have come to believe for myself.
Pain is personal. Nobody else’s body can truly understand your pain. Compared to many my pain is minimal. That does not make me feel better though. I want this numbness and pain gone – and I am not a patient man. I am taking supplements of C and B complex. I have quit drinking alcohol. I am making my own juices of green leafy vegetables and fruits. One week into that regimen and I still see no difference. I honestly do not know what will or would help -other than time. And I think that time may be a long time.

Mary, Melissa, I wish you the best. I hope your condition improves. I also hope that maybe we and any others can find a place to continue support. This site seems to have many single complaining posters with out any comment on resolutions. As I said in my first post – maybe that is a good sign. If you would like to contact me directly my email address is mstith@gobrainstorm.net If this site does not publish email addresses you can contact me through my web site. Just Google MichaelStith. I think this condition needs a support network.

Walking on one and a half feet.



Jun 23, 2012
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Foot Numbness
by: Mary

I had commented on June 10th. I called my OS, spoke with someone other than the OS, but was told the numbness should go away in a couple of weeks. Today is June 23rd and my foot still feels the same. I go back to the OS on June 27th and I believe I should be able to stop wearing the boot and wear a regular shoe. I'll ask again about the numbness. At least the bottom of my foot isn't numb, but I am concerned about the top. I hope it won't last a year like some people have mentioned.

Jun 23, 2012
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Numbness almost a year after surgery
by: Melissa B

I have been fine and had a good time after surgery. I've never felt so good in my life but recently I have noticed numbness, tingeling, and burning in my foot. I also feel tingeling and numbness in my calf. I had surgery almost a year ago and I don't understand what is going on. I'm sure I'm fine but I'm freaking out about it. I'm sure I'll be ok.

Jun 10, 2012
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better daily
by: Anonymous

I last commented on May 30th (below). My numb foot was such a concern that I had to call my Dr./Surgeon about it. I was terrified that the numb condition was some horrible nerve injury caused during surgery and that I was doomed to live with the pain of numbness for the remainder of my days. Numbness that is extremely painful and consistent. As my ankle healed and started feeling better the one thing that did not change was the annoying numbness of my foot and toes. My call to the Doctor on Friday (June 8) was very re-assuring. He was confident that the numbness will dissipate although the time that it might take to diminish could not be accurately estimated. I was wearing a compression sock that he suggested I take off. Interestingly once the sock came off the numbness spread from the ball and toes to the entire foot - but it felt better! Now even only two days after the call, my foot, although still swollen and numb, feels far more normal considering the extent of the injury and surgery. If improvement continues for the next six weeks as it has this first six weeks I feel very confident that at the end of 12 weeks I will be nearing the end of the worst of it and then just dealing with the day to day response to being on my feet again.
My foot is still numb and painful – but as I am able to use it more, move it more, and even get out of my boot more often I am confident that the numbness will fade as well.
To all numb foot sufferers - Hang in there. I believe that most posters on this boards numbness dissolves and disappears. That may be why you see most often only one post from numb sufferers. It got better and they did not need to vent to a web board more than once.

Jun 10, 2012
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Foot numbness
by: Mary

Yes, I also have numbness on the top of my foot that I had surgery on April 30th. Just last Wednesday, they gave me an air cast to wear. I thought in a few days, the numbness would disappear, however, that hasn't happened. I've been on a broken ankle facebook page and I received comments saying when they do the surgery, the move a nerve in the foot and that's what causes the numbness. One person suggested acupuncture which she is now doing, so I'm not too sure what I should expect, but I am calling my OS tomorrow to get more info.

May 30, 2012
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no resolutions
by: Mike

It seems there are plenty of people who suffer from numbness after thier ankle or foot surgery. Intrestingly - there are no posters who come back after the numbness has gone. I suppose that can be taken as a good sign. I have great and painful numbness in my fore foot four weeks after surgery for broken fib, tib and associated ligimates. Dr. claims the numbness is likely associated with swelling and that feeling should slowly come back.
Are there any on this board who have experianced thier foot being numb and having the normal feeling come back? How long does it take? What sould others suffering this painful numbness expect?
Once the numbness is gone posters most likely forget they ever posted on this board and go about their merry way. I hope to too. On the other hand I hope that somebody will come back to encourage other suffering posters that the numbness does ineed leave and that a normal feeling returns - eventually.

Hangin on by a thread; Mike

May 20, 2012
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Forefoot numbness after ankle replacement.
by: Anonymous

I am a very healthy 47 year old woman I had total ankle replacement with STAR implant on March, 16, 2012. My bandage was too tight which I complained of more than once in the first few days post op. Skin bruised and eventually started sloughing off until I had a full thickness 70mm x 20mm wound with exposed nerves and tendon. Was treating wound with regranex and wet to dry dressings. 7 weeks postoperative developed infection which landed me in hospital for 3 days after which I was released with picc line for iv antibiotics at home. Eventually had surgical debridement and wound vac placed. Now 10 weeks postoperative. Still have wound vac. Wound has shrunk to 40mm x 15mm and swelling is down considerably but still have numbness in my entire forefoot. Docs don't seem too concerned but I am wondering if feeling will ever return and if not what long term consequences are? Certainly got more than I bargained for. Very depressed and not a day goes by when I do not regret having the surgery.

May 07, 2012
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OMG! not going crazy thanks everyone
by: stephanie

I had ankle fusion on 3/22/12 would not do it again I think this has been more mentaly challenging than I ever thought, I have had soo much depression with this operation the cast was horrible now I am in waking boot but I have the numbness and burning which hurts and is very aggrivating.I am so anxious,bored, and starting to go a little stir crazy I'm a nurse and they say we make the worst patients.I go for CT on5/24 then back to ortho 5/29 and I hope back to work as soon as poss.My prayers and thoughts are with anyone that has to deal with anything like this I'm 38 with 2 kids and feel like I'm missing out on so much.Thanks for listening and letting me vent its nice to talk or read about people going through same thing. Good luck to all!

Mar 19, 2012
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Confused and numb...
by: Anonymous

I had surgery back in Nov. to remove a ganglion cyst. Surgery went well and after a few weeks, with no pain, the area grew larger and was told, by dr. that a second surgery was needed to remove the large amount of scar tissue. Had the second surgery in Early Jan. and the result has left me in much more pain and my upper foot and first two toes are numb. I can feel nerve pain shooting from incision site up to the toes. Dr. said there was a great deal of scar tissue that needed removal and had to go in deeper than first surgery. After 3 months, cortisone shots and medications, I am still in pain and numb. So, will my nerves heal and will the numbness go away? I wish I had never had the the first surgery because it's caused so many more problems than just a ganglion cyst! How bad would it have been to have just left the cyst alone????

Feb 26, 2012
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has anyone gotten better?
by: Becki

I too have big toe numbness and burning on and below 2nd toe. I am 10 weeks post surgery (achillies repair and bone spurs removed) Has anyone ever gotten rid of the nerve pain??

Jan 26, 2012
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Pain behind ankle; foot soaking
by: Anonymous

Looking at this site due to pain after surgery 6 mos. ago. Stand on washcloth in shower due to fear; can't even push the washcloth forward with my foot without bad pain behind ankle. Don't know what that is.
But re: post about dry skin, accidentally found out that soaking feet for 20 minutes in a plastic tub of warm water with 3 handfuls of epson salt will loosen up old dead skin cells on bottom and sides of feet! I used a washcloth to wipe it all away and my feet felt like baby's feet for 2 months! Now that I'm walking and building up all the old calluses I'll have to soak my feet again.

Dec 06, 2011
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Don't take prednisone following foot surgery!
by: Callie T.

DPM in previous response advised taking prednisone to reduce inflammation following foot surgery. Anyone knows that prednisone slows down the healing process; don't do it!

Oct 24, 2011
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numbness after heel surgery
by: paul

I shattered the calcaneus in a fall and had a plate and screws to repair the damage since then the left side of the foot under the scar is numb and the fat pad under the heel is also numb the surgeon says the numbness is nothing to do with the operation I the seriousness of the fall did this damage, I am sure a nerve has been damaged but get conflicting reports as to whether or not nerves repair themselves it has been 4 months now and still no change. Just to note i did the same damage the the other foot 4 years ago but decided not to have surgery and i was walking fine 12 weeks after the accident and have had no further problems with that foot.

Sep 16, 2011
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Numbness and Pain in Foot
by: Carmen

Good Morning~

I appreciate everyone's comments. When we pay big money to believe in the doctors and don't get answers at least we can come here and get support.
I had Planters Faciitis Surgery in January 2011. The doctor told me I would be better in 6 weeks and then we could do the other foot. He did correct the problem and cut my heel...However, I was numb under all my toes and the 4 and 5 toe was numb. He said, oh it will come back...pay him more money and go back each month, oh it will get better, then he started with the arthritis bit, the fibromiglia bit and the low back disc bit.....the forth toe came back, a little bit under the 5th toe has come back. The nerve pain I feel on the side of my foot in one area is numb and very painful to walk on...I've been to physcial therapy (don't wast your money) most of it you can do at home. Since I have been favoring the right foot now I have it in the right foot (planters) and the knee is weak and painful.......Like Dominos one thing then another...I have now chose to do accupuncture and chinese medicine...Can't tell if it is working yet but, I also in my visit get deep tissue massage to get the circulation moving as in our low legs and feet blood does not circulate very much...Each time I leave accupuncture I do feel better for about 2 days....I think the process has helped in a slow way each time I leave I get a few more hours of relief......When you are in pain you are willing to try anything...I also went to a neurologist and he did a nerve ending test..NO NERVES were cut.......This might be something else you might want to check...as he still says I think it will come back since no nerves were cut........I to can't work and had I known it would be 8 months plus...would I had all of this done......Swim if you can!! You don't put any weight on that area!! Loose weight if you have too!! I am trying to believe it will come back.......Neurologist said, nerves grown about .5 mm in 24 hours.....so, this might be a long process...........urghhhh

Sep 15, 2011
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Ankle surgery with plate and 7 screws :(
by: Cheri

Like Mike I had the plate and screws special lol. Its really not funny though. My surg was on 8-31 and the entire top of my foot and all my toes except the 1st 2 are numb. It does feel like little electrical tingles, I can't stand it! It kinda hurts! I have had surgery before and I know it takes time for the nerves to recover, I do however have permanent numbness from another surg and I'm afraid my foot will stay this way too :( well time will only tell. Can't wait for the walking cast, I'm going nutz!

Aug 13, 2011
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Ankle repair with plate/10 screws
by: Mike

Experiencing numbness on top of foot and touching it feels like tiny electrical shocks. At night little spasms. Skin is still discolored from July 6 surgery. Hoping it gets better once I start rehab at day 56. In waked boot air cast for now. Hard to sleep in.

Jul 30, 2011
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triple arthrodesis and gastroc recession
by: Anonymous

I have been like this since 2009,I now had both of these surgeries and have to be on non weight bearing for 10 wks.I have numbness and burning sensations all the time even before an after surgery.I have had to deal with this for almost 2 yrs and it doesnt get better since I am diabetic.I have nerve damage on bottom of foot but still have some feeling on top,but still numbness,tingling and burning feeling hasnt gone away even with all these surgeries.I was told it could take 9 months or yrs before my foot can back to normal.Its been stressfull,since I havent been able to leave the house without using wheelchair for 2 yrs.sometimes i dont feel it is getting better but worse..You need to research before getting any foot and ankle surgeries,it's hard to find the right doctor and especially trust what they tell you before and after surgery.I am having wound care just to make sure I get more answers from someone else.I know what its like and I feel for those having same symtoms,its not comforting at all..

Jul 29, 2011
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Nerve damage and complex regional pain sysndrome
by: BJ of Australia

I tore the achillies tendon & perineal ligament in the right ankle in early 2009, lost feeling in the 4th & 5th toes within 24 hours post accedent, had reco surgery but pain has been getting worse ever since, have been diagnosed with "complex Regional Pain Syndrom" in stage 2 and have been told there is NO cure. The pain has spread to the entire right leg & hip, right shoulder & neck, left fore arm and face - Hot pins & neddles and extream heat and touch sensitivity. Im a 34 year old mother of 3 and would love to hear from anyone who has had successful treatment for this type of problem that reduces the crippling pain. As drug treatment surely cant be the only available treatment.

Thanks.

Jul 21, 2011
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foot pain after surgery
by: SCOTT

i had my whole ankle reconstructed the arch in my foot flated. The doc that was in control of the surgery gave me a nevre block told me that it will help with the pain. I almost died because of it. I felt short of breath as i was asking why my heart stoped i was brought back. Any ways 3 weeks after surgery I was getting upset because I still have pain but its not in my ankle its the top of my foot and it does not look bad it has a bad burning pain comes and goes. my aunt is a surgan for feet and ankles but i am in the military so i get the shity end of the stick. my aunt told me by what told her i could have Mortan`s neuroma you guys should look it up because i will be damned if i let this go on one more week and if my doc tells me to suck it up as most have told you guys i will beat the hell out of him sorry for the lack of grammar i am writing this off a game system and hard to do lol.

Jul 07, 2011
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Numbness after open fixation if Fib/Tib at ankle
by: Anonymous

June 17, 2011 I underwent emergency surgey to repair radial fractures to both my Fibula and Tibia at just above the ankle joint. I also had reconstructive surgery on my right ankle in Novembet of 2009. Following both surgeries I experienced severe numbness in the skin on both feet. Both Orthopedists explained that it could be months before I got feeling back, and to stimulate the skin surface with a soft cloth. I followed the advice and my right foot is fine after about 6 months. My left leg is 3 weeks after surgery and 1 week post cast and with stimulation I have regained feeling in about 50% of the affected area. I will say that I was warned that healing nerves are 100x more painful than the injury and the surgery.
I attribute my successful recovery to both Dr.'s explaining the recovery side effects.
I hope you all feel better soon.

Jul 05, 2011
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3 months post op
by: Anonymous

i had tendon repair on april 6th 2011 and i am still numb all down the side of my left foot and into my two toes have been having physio now for 5 weeks but no change with the numbness and tingling.Can't seem to be able to spend any time on my feet and the swelling starts. The walking boot comes off this week after 14 weeks and i am a little nervous as ankle i weak.They tell me at physio its normal to have this numbness after op but its starting to take its toll. I've been out of work 7 months as i fell in dec 2010 and was plastered for christmas : )and on crutches for 2 weeks and after mri after christmas started injections for 3 months that did me no good so i needed to have op.I wish i could have april 9th back and i would have stayed home and not gone to work,never thought recovery would take so long.Back with surgeon next week hope for good news.

Jun 07, 2011
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Planters Facistis (Foot Surgery) NUMB FOOT SCARED TO DEATH and PAIN
by: Carmen

Hi, My name is Carmen and I just found this website....I am so scared. I had Planters Facistis Surgery in January 2011. Doctor said, in 6 weeks you'll be better and then we will do the other foot......NO WAY !!! WILL HE EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN....He cut a one inch slit in my heel. My foot 4th and 5th toe is numb, the ball under those toes and the side of my foot. I have bad pain after standing on my foot over several hours...I have seen a Neurologist, had a MRI, Had Nerve testing done where they stick the needles in your body and wiggle them around and listen for nerve movement. He found that my nerves WORE NOT CUT...Now,they might of been bent or stretched...Doctor denies anything....Says he wasn't even in that area....Now, my foot wasn't numb before and the surgeon says, it could be my lower back......POO ON HIM....NO WAY....Neurologist says nerves grow a Milameter a day...Has anyone experienced numbness over a long period that came back...Please give me some hope...

Apr 30, 2011
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Ankle Fusion Surgery 9/23/08
by: Tammy B

I had numbness on the top of my left foot for about a year then started feeling tingling on an off and still do to this day. The foot is no longer number but I wonder why I still get the tingling. I heard the nerves were cut in the fusion surgery and may take this long to heal but it makes me nervous. Anyone still have nerves healing / tingling 2 1/2 years after fusion surgery??

Apr 19, 2011
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Numbness on alltoes
by: Joe

I had a total ankle replacement in 11/2010. I was told that the numbness is consistent and it will be OK aftet 3 months. To date it is still the same old songght & dance. I have been going to see doctors including a neurologist. X- ray's and a MRI were taken and sent back for the surgeon for his review. Right now I am experiencing at times shooting pains up to my back knees. One or two times, while sleeping, my operated foot would sort of made a jerky motion. But from the neurologists assessment he felt that a nerve wasn't done correctly.

Apr 13, 2011
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Ankle Surgery
by: Lynn

Hi Dawn66,
I am now 6 weeks post ankle surgery and the numbness and pain is starting to go away. Actually 4 weeks to the day I started noticing some improvement. I did not have anything as extensive as you mine was an arthroscopic surgery to clean up and remove bone spurs. I have severe arthritis and need a total ankle replacement. I had this done to try and buy me some time. I started Physical Therapy on week three and it has help tremendously. I have learned that there is no such thing as minor ankle surgery when it comes to recovery. I hope you start feeling better soon.

Apr 13, 2011
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Numbness in toes and top of foot....SCARED
by: DAWNA66

Hi,my name is Dawna and after reading all the posts i am just as afraid if not more afraid,as it seems that not many cases have SUCCESS stories about the numbness,tingling and pain associated with Post Ankel Surgery....One mth ago today i had broke ankel,plate and 4 srews on outside and 7 screws on inside.After 1 week had cast off and into Air-cast,but immediately after getting home noticed the tingling and numbness every time i put leg down past hip while sitiing still 1 mth later and the pain is worse and now i have burning from my incision on outside,the EMG Dr said it was (UNSYMPATHETIC NERVES)and not to worry,gave pain meds and sent me home,went to see OS and he said same thing,it was normal and (SHOULD) return to normal soon,well when is soon,the pain is worse than the surgery pain,it's intense and constant only a break with elevation,meds and sleeping meds at bed.I have been weightbearing with aircast after 2 weeks,been walking up the steps to get shower,but this numbness and tingling pain all the time is hard on the mind,emotionally i am a reck,and not even sure what to do as this is 3 dr that say same thing,but it's worse in 4 weeks not even close to better,so if i can't put leg down because elevation is really the only solution thats tolerable,how am i going to walk,i can't elevate for a yr,while a damaged nerve tries to repair itself,slim chance of that....As you can see i am hysterical about this any solutions or suggestions would be greatly appreciated....TY...Dawna...:)

Mar 24, 2011
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Top of foot numbness and pain
by: Lynn

I had ankle arthroscopic surgery on March 3, 2011; it has been three weeks today. I am so glad I found this site. I had dressing remove 10 days after the surgery. I went back to the Doctor last Monday and was told I had cellulites he put me on Antibiotics. The redness is going away but the pain and numbness on the top of my foot and my big toe is horrible. Ii am back at work I have a desk job but it is very hard to elevate my foot. When it is down the pain is excruciating. I am so glad to see other people with the same problem. I was afraid the infection was not clearing up.

Jan 10, 2011
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It will be fine..
by: Dr.Ryan

Hi,
I had ligament repair surgery done to both the ATFL and PTFL of my left ankle lasy november. I removed the cast ine week ago and i have numbness on the left area of my foot.

Now, this is normal. Because the cast was compressing on the nerves for six weeks. Leading to some reversable damege that will be healed with time. Also any surgical incesion dameges some of the nerve endings to the site of the surgery.

So, dont worry it will go back to normal with time.

If any body wants to email me for further discussions this is my email:
m_o_d99@hotmail.com

Jan 08, 2011
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Ankle
by: Dust

Just had 18 screws , 2 plates removed from my tib, fib ,ankle ..ten days ago , Staples were removed today , and I'm having a sharp burning almost cramp like pain on top of my foot , and in mainly my big toe but other toes as well , dr said it was due to where he scoped my ankle as well as removed the hardware , does anyone know how long this pain could last ?

Dec 31, 2010
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Numbness
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone

I had surgery on my broken ankle about three weeks ago as I broke two bones. I had to have plates and pins put in to support.

The swelling has only just gone down and I have now found that I have numbness on the top right hand side of my foot. I am concerned as the consultant I saw a week ago didn't mention that this may happen.

Would like to hear from others that have had similar problems and what has happened!

Dec 21, 2010
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nerve damage
by: Anonymous

Did any of you have a popiteal nerve block for pain? I had to get a brace made for my ankke because of damage. My foot surgery left foot numb, and i have fallen two times since my surgery June10-10. I think its the pain pump where i had my surgery they quit using it.Also the side of my leg has no feeling.

Jun 06, 2010
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frozen toes
by: Anonymous

is it normal for my toes to feel frozen after broken ankle surgery?

May 07, 2010
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Foot numbness and pain.
by: Anonymous

I had surgery in July 2008 and had my broken ankle repaired and had 3 crews, a plate, and a metal rod installed. I also had numbness and pain on the top of my foot. My doctor told me it would go away in a couple of weeks. It did eventually get better but it took more like a year for it to get back to normal

In April 2009 the metal rod broke through my leg and I had to have another surgery. The removed all the metal in my ankle cause my leg was severely infected, and they set the bone in my leg. I have had the same pain and numbness in my foot this time.

Feb 21, 2010
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Numbness after surgery
by: Anonymous

I had my achilles tendon repaired after I ruptured it playing soccer. I was given a Popliteal Nerve Block to numb the area during and after surgery. I was told that the numbness would only last at best 48 hours. It had been 4 days and my foot is still completely numb. I am was getting a bit nervous that the there was a complication with the popliteal block and I had suffered some nerve damage. I found this blog and realized that maybe the dressing that was applied to my leg was way to tight. I cut the dressing back at the top of my where I was experiencing numbness and burning. It's been painful and slow but I am starting to get some mobility and feeling back on the top of my foot and toes. I have a doctors apointment tomorrow to check my stamples and I'll be sure to let him know about what I was experiencing. I am glad I found this blog because I thought I was alone in this matter.

Feb 21, 2010
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Still Numb
by: Anonymous

Hello- I had my surgery around Sept. 2008 and I still have numbness, sparks and spasmodic nerve pain each and every day. My foot still collects water around my ankle as well as knots around my ankle. This has not gone away for almost two years now. I refused to go back to my doctor and canceled my second operation as I was being wheeled into the operating room. I just could not trust my doctor and felt I would end up with worse nerve pain.
The thing I want to know-
is having a tight feeling ( like a permanent cramp) in my foot normal?
Will this nerve pain go away and is it normal, if not what is going on with my ankle to create the nerve pain?
How do I deal with the consent pain?
I have told several doctors about my pain, but each and everyone will not tell me what is going on or how to take care of it. Should I exercise it when it swells and the nerve pain gets worse, how do I treat it, because ibuprophen and gaabpentine is not cutting it.

Jan 23, 2010
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Foot numbness
by: Anonymous

I had my second ankle surgery in Dec. 09. It has been 5 weeks and my toes are still numb. My big toe is super sensitive and feels like someone is shocking it or sticking needles in it. I was told I have CRPS Complex regional pain syndrome. I have been on Neurontin for nerve pain as well as a lumbar injection to block the pain. It has gotten a little better, but am going to have to have physical therapy. Should recover nearly 100%. I hope so.

Nov 02, 2009
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ankle pain 3.5 months after bone spur removal
by: Anonymous

I had right ankle debribement 3.5 months ago. Still feeling tingling when tapping around incision area. Pain in varying degrees when walking. Sometimes can walk pain free and all of a sudden tightness pain in the middle of my foot, as well as on top of the bone removal is painful to walk. I believe I am improving but I was told it would take about 8 weeks for recovery after surgery. Maybe it's taking longer than I am anticipating. The worst feeling is in the bottom middle part of my foot it feels tight and painful like a nail being driven up the middle of my foot. I am 50 years old. Any feed back would be appreciated. Thank you

Oct 05, 2009
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Numb ankle following orthoscopic surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Had orthoscopic surgery a few days ago. One incision just to the left of center of the top of right ankle. The other incision to the right of top of ankle. I had general anesthesia. Surgeon removed bone fragments and callus tissue at ankle joint. Foot was wrapped for only two days. Elevated and iced for six days. The top of my foot is numb from just below first incision to tip of big toe. Foot is still slightly swollen and discolord. Purple blood pool on bottom of foot and right side of top is greenish. I am concerned that surgeon cut a nerve, will it heal? Plan to talk to surgeon ASAP. Pain from surgery is minimal. No tingling either. I do not want my foot to be numb for several months or years, was this a botched surgery or is this normal? FEEBLE

May 14, 2009
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post-surgery numbness
by: BR

I am 35 yrs old. I had surgery on my right ankle 4 weeks ago...broke the ends off of both my tibia and fibula where they attach to the ankle. Had to have 4 incisions...also a plate and 9 screws. I was very concerned because of the numbness on the top of my foot. The whole bottom of my foot is pretty normal feeling, but the tops of my toes and top of my foot is numb and weird-feeling. I can move all my toes up and down at the same time, but can not wiggle them. It almost grosses me out to touch the top of my foot because it feels dead. I get random, sharp, shooting pains in my foot and ankle area, and there's one spot on the bottom of my big toe that, if touched, feels like someone shocked it with electricity!

My doctor assures me it is normal and that it may take 6-7 months for my nerves to "wake up" and return to normal. According to what I've read so far, I guess it is, but I just hope all the feelings really do come back! I don't think I can handle my foot feeling like this forever! I'm really worried about this. Is there anything I can do to help it along? Someone said they were taken ibuprofen. Will this help? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

Apr 03, 2009
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Ankle surgery
by: Maddie

I had the same surgery on my left ankle and had some pins put in. The OR Doctor must have cut 2 nerves because I can't feel anything except my big toe and the arch of my foot. Everything is completely numb. It has been almost a year and I do not have anymore feeling than the day I came out of surgery. I was in a cast for 6 weeks after surgery. If you get the electro stem therapy that works really well. Good luck with your physical therapy.

Mar 28, 2009
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numbness
by: Alex

I had the same surgery, same block (left ankle) on Feb 24th 09' and still 4 weeks later I numbness to the top of my foot, big toe and other areas. I was told with some luck it will return to normal when swelling is all gone. hey also said it may never be normal as far as numbness goes. I am hoping for the best as I have to do my other ankle in 8 weeks.

Feb 13, 2009
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foot numbness
by: Anonymous

I had surgery to repair a post tibial tendon...my second one as I had it done on my other foot 4 years ago. Numbness takes several months to dissapate but my feeling in my left foot returned to normal and the right foot (surgery done oct 08) is slowly returning to full feeling. I know it is a weird feeling but give it a lot of time and it will come back

Feb 10, 2009
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similar problem
by: Anonymous

I have a similar problem with my ankle. Id love to ask you about your progress. please email me at aloharick@hotmail.com.

6 weeks out of ankle scope surgery. i never had numbness in my foot till now. it happens when I walk for about 5 minutes. Im very worried . Im 31. Please email me!!!

Jan 11, 2009
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Thanks for answering!
by: Anonymous

Hi Marc, thanks for answering. I certainly hope it comes back. Have enough problems with the ankle and never had a problems with my feet. In fact, that right leg was the strongest, healthiest part of my body. The bandage was way too tight and caused the numbness. In fact, where the surgeon saw the pinch from the gauze, there's now sort of a blood blister there and when I press it, it sends shocks into my big toe. The mark is about 1/4" to the outside of the natural bone protrusion on top of foot.

I'm 3 weeks out and still have total numbness but now I'm getting severe pain where the numbness is, almost too painful to even put on a sock. I hope that's a sign of the nerve healing. That big tendon that runs from big toe up across top of foot actually feels sprained it's so sore underneath the numbness. The top of my big toe is now peeling skin as if it was sunburn and I NEVER have dry skin on my feet as I use very expensive cream on them twice a day. I'm freaking out that skin is dying because of nerve damage since that's where the numbness is the strongest and there's nothing dry on any other parts of either foot - but probably just my concern running rampid. Color is normal and I have 3 second return of pink when I press it so it's getting blood okay.

Do you have any idea just what kind of damage can happen to a nerve due to a pinched compression from tight gauze for 8 solid days? Is it really inflammation? I am already on 2 doses of 600mgs of Rx Ibuprofen daily for my ankle. Trying to wean off the Vicodin but yesterday I had to take a Vicodin for the pain from the numb area, not my ankle lol. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge to everyone here on the internet. Our doctors are so busy and we can never remember all our questions at their office, even when we write them down.

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