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25 Mar 2003

Post accident swollen foot and knee
Almost seven weeks ago I had my femur and a bone in my foot broken in a motor accident. Have been patched up by a orthopaedic surgeon - metal pin in my femur and foot permitted to mend naturally. No longer have cast on foot/lower leg and no pain and all seems on the mend. I am only concerned in that my foot - not operated on, and knee which was operated on to insert the metal pin are both still swollen. My surgeon says this is due to the trauma and is not concerned. However I have had surprise expressed by two physiologists known by friends of mine that the foot and knee are still swollen so many weeks after the accident. Kindly let me know your opinion. Should I be concerned with swelling remaining after almost seven weeks. Thank you.
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01 Jan 0001

My apologies. This reply was posted yesterday, but somehow it got lost in cyberspace. Here it is again. CD.

3/25/2003 11:05:00 PM
SubjectPost accident swollen foot and kneeQuestionAlmost seven weeks ago I had my femur and a bone in my foot broken in a motor accident. Have been patched up by a orthopaedic surgeon - metal pin in my femur and foot permitted to mend naturally. No longer have cast on foot/lower leg and no pain and all seems on the mend. I am only concerned in that my foot - not operated on, and knee which was operated on to insert the metal pin are both still swollen. My surgeon says this is due to the trauma and is not concerned. However I have had surprise expressed by two physiologists known by friends of mine that the foot and knee are still swollen so many weeks after the accident. Kindly let me know your opinion. Should I be concerned with swelling remaining after almost seven weeks. Thank you.Posted byJac.

Jac, it all depends on how severe the swelling is. If the knee is still swollen so much that you can’t bend it, you should be concerned and my advice would be to get a second opinion. If it’s just a little swollen and not red, hot and tender, you can relax. Good luck.
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