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On the day of the of the injury my wife picked me up from work and we proceeded straight to the Emergency Room. There they took x-rays and concluded that I had an avulsion fracture of the left ankle. An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone

An avulsion fracture of the left ankle is an injury to the ankle where a small chip at the end of the ankle breaks off because the tendon can bear more pull than the bone. It was late Friday evening, so they decided to send me home with a temporary leg wrap, and the following week I would be seen by an Orthopedic doctor. With my leg wrapped and brand new crutches, I was sent on my way.

The ER sent me home with this temporary leg wrap
The ER sent me home with this temporary leg wrap

The following week, I went to the Orthopedic doctor, where he took more x-rays and concurred with the ER’s assessment. He then proceeded to unwrap my leg and put me into a more suitable walking boot cast. I was to see this doctor regularly until the ankle was healed.

My temporary boot cast
My temporary boot cast

I wore the walking boot cast for approximately 6 weeks. My ankle was healing very nicely, so it was decided that no surgery was needed, but I was to start physical therapy. At this point, I was able to have light weight bearing, but any more than that caused me great pain. Any doctor will tell you that after 6 weeks of healing a fractured ankle, there would be some discomfort, but working through the pain is the only way to go. My physical therapist agreed and had me push through the pain.

Around this time, after a few weeks of physical therapy, my pain was increasing when it was supposed to be decreasing. This is when my doctors and physical therapists knew something else was wrong.

This when it begins:

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome affects everyone differently but a lot of the symptoms can be similar and quite drastic.

The below pictures show how CRPS affected my foot and leg:

CRPS causes swelling of the affected extremity
CRPS causes swelling of the affected extremity
Discoloration of the extremity caused by CRPS
Discoloration of the extremity caused by CRPS
Image showing the skin being shiny
Image showing the skin being shiny
CRPS can cause the skin to be blotchy
CRPS can cause the skin to be blotchy

Comments 2

  • omg, this could be me. I do not have discoloration, but I have everything else. surgery on top of foot from injury march 30, 2016. was told over and over it takes a year, don’t worry, physical therapy hurt so much. then 8 months out was told you should be healed, you can go back to work at a sit down position. really. then sent me to a pain mgmt. dr and she wrote rsd on the summary. I did not have a clue anything about it. my foots hurts, it swells, so depressing, so frustrating. good luck to all.

    • Sitting, unfortunately, is just as bad, if not worse for me. I swell up, back hurts, pain increases and just plain stinks. Lying down is best for swelling, yet nothing really helps. So frustrating. Thanks for sharing.

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