My 11 year old daughter who has left hemi. form premature birth broke her left foot and toe 4 weeks ago. If she does not keep her foot elevated within 15 minutes her foot is turning purple. When she sits down and elevates the purple color goes away. This is happening even with the use of crutches. We were told last week she could start bearing weight but she is having quite a bit of pain and now the issue with her foot turning purple.
The blood is pooling in her extremities. The vessels don't constrict the way they should. She would need physiotherapy to strengthen the foot after the fracture healing. If there is some constriction of the blood vessels then they may turn purple. With elevation of the legs her circulation is returning. She can wear some constriction stockings and ankle physiotherapy after the fracture healing which will help her. You can also go alternatively for vascular surgeon for proper examination and advice. Discuss with her orthopedic surgeon and take the best course. Till then she can keep her legs elevated after she stands or walks every couple of hours.
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