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I recently had a total ankle replacement done (2.5 wks ago) and I was wondering if smoking small amounts of medical marijuana would hinder healing?

I recently had a total ankle replacement done (2.5 wks ago) and I was wondering if smoking small amounts of medical marijuana would hinder healing?

Depends: If you have a medical condition that medical marijuana is prescribed for it is OK Just make sure you follow the weight bearing status that you doctor has prescribed and be care not to get light headed and/or fall ...Read more

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Why is the bottom of my foot numb after a total ankle replacement surgery?

Why is the bottom of my foot numb after a  total ankle replacement surgery?

Couple of things: It is possible that the nerve was injured during the surgery or that there is swelling around the nerve. It would be helpful to know how long ago the surgery was. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move your body. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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Why might the bottom of my foot be numb after total ankle replacement surgery?

Numbness: There are a number of reasons for this. Seeing your treating surgeon is most beneficial as he knows what was done in the operating room. ...Read more

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Please explain why is the bottom of my foot numb after total ankle replacement surgery?

Please explain why is the bottom of my foot numb after total ankle replacement surgery?

Nerve issue: This is a nerve issue. Most likely involving the posterior tibial nerve and/or its respective branches. Consult your original surgeon and ask for an MRI to determine the integrity of this nerve. Ask for a copy of the MRI results. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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What is the process to get an ankle replacement?

What is the process to get an ankle replacement?

Pain+stiffness: If you have a painful ankle and xrays show loss of cartilage(arthritis) when nmedications, orthotics, braciing and shoe modifications do not allow you to function, you are a potential candidate for an ankle replacement. Requires examination by an ortho surgeon with experience in procedure.Need adequate bone stock, correctable deformity(s), good skin/circulation .Sakvage is an ankle fusion. ...Read more

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How painful is having an ankle replacement/fusion?

How painful is having an ankle replacement/fusion?

Variable: There is some pain involved because of soft tissues and bone are cut and manipulated. Hardware also has to be placed. Many surgeons performing use regional nerve blocks which substantially decrease and sometimes even eliminate the pain for an extended time. Everyone has a different pain tolerance and response to pain medications as well. In short the pain levels vary with individual cases. ...Read more

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Is it common to have an ankle replacement or fusion?

Is it common to have an ankle replacement or fusion?

Ankle surgery: At your age, if indicated (arthritis, etc) it is usually an ankle fusion that takes place unless you have been told you have juvenile ra. Both procedures are commonly done by foot and ankle surgeons who have been trained properly. The recovery time is roughly the same, but at your age, if indicated by medical history and physician evaluation, usually a fusion is done. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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