Leg cast. Toes turn blue when standing. Normal?

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  • slowxr

Posted September 16, 2008 - 11:11 AM


I broke my leg 3 1/2 weeks ago. Leg cast below my knee.

When I stand on crutches, my toes swell and turn blue/purple. Then when I sit and elevate the leg, the color and size returns to normal.

Is this normal?

  • Tyler Mx_459

Posted September 16, 2008 - 11:17 AM


When I was on crutches my whole leg turned blue/purple, (the one I wasn't using).

So I'm guessing it's definitely normal. I think it's lack of oxygen because you're not using it.

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Posted September 16, 2008 - 01:56 PM


Blood pooling the the leg? If i remember right the calf muscle returns the blood back to the heart so if your not using your calf muscle the blood stays.

  • slowxr

Posted September 17, 2008 - 09:47 AM


Saw the my DR. yesterday. Said this was normal on a leg/ankle injury. Something about blood vesels and/or gravity.

  • DaWasher

Posted September 18, 2008 - 10:46 AM


Broke mine 3 1/2 weeks ago too. My toes are not turning blue, but I do swell up through the day. Toes get fat and the cast gets snug. As soon as I get home from work and eleveate, relief is felt in minutes.

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