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Compartment Syndrome -- Ankle Surgery Complications

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Presentation: Ankle Fracture
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Compartment syndrome is a complication that rarely happens as a result of ankle fracture surgery. It's caused by increased pressure surrounding muscles, nerves, and tendons in an area, such as the lower leg. The increased pressure prevents blood from flowing to the area, resulting in nerve and muscle damage that may be temporary or permanent--depending on how long the condition goes without treatment.
One of the symptoms of this condition is experiencing excruciating pain when someone moves your toes back and forth. Other symptoms include:
· Tightness in your calf muscles
· Change of sensation in the leg
· Muscle weakness.
The treatment for compartment syndrome is surgical release of the affected compartment. This surgery results in significant scarring of the leg, but it's necessary in order to save the leg and foot.

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