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My foot is cold and numb after knee surgery, is this bad?

My foot is cold and numb after knee surgery, is this bad?

Cold foot after surg: It is not good. Go back to the orthopedic surgeon that did the knee. He/she was in there. That person knows what was seen and done. They will have the best knowledge about this. ...Read more

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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


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Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement worry &concerned?

Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement worry &concerned?

Concerned Mom: Hyperactive sympathetic nervous system réponses are not unusual post operative. This is more common when a tourniquet has been used. Be sure that she is walking to prevent blood clots. Hot tea and mom's warm chicken soup would help. Dad would suggest a shot of something that would cause peripheral vascular dilatation. Keep her active and it would not hurt to call the surgeon's office. ...Read more

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Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement such I be worried?

Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement such I be worried?

Don't quite under-: -stand the? . The blueness in the toes is common. It is a response to injury, and involves a circulatory response especially if the leg is dependent. The rest is not a question. When she starts to have less pain & is weight bearing this usually goes away. If not, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is my foot so swollen after knee surgery?

Why is my foot so swollen after knee surgery?

DVT: Your foot is probably swollen from the trauma of knee surgery, but it can be swollen from a blood clot in your leg, which can be extremely dangerous. Deep venous thrombus can have formed in one of the deep veins in your leg causing the swelling in your foot. Knee surgery puts you at a very high risk for this. It can be very dangerous as this can progress to a pulmonary embolism. So get checked out. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my foot to be swollen 3 days after knee surgery?

Is it normal for my foot to be swollen 3 days after knee surgery?

Yes: That is not uncommon, however if the swelling gets worse or you are having calf pain contact your doctor as there would be concern about a blood clot. ...Read more

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When will the numbness of my foot stop after having knee surgery?

When will the numbness of my foot stop after having knee surgery?

Depends: If a nerve has been severed and separated then it could be permanent. If it was only compressed and the compression goes away e.G swelling, then it is likely to improve over next several weeks to months. ...Read more

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Can knee surgery cause swollen foot?

Can knee surgery cause swollen foot?

Swollen foot: Knee surgery can disrupt the lymph system in the leg which could predispose you to swelling below it such as the foot. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my legs to ache and my feet to swell 4 months after knee surgery?

Is it normal for my legs to ache and my feet to swell 4 months after knee surgery?

Follow up with your: Doc, a clot. In either leg should be in the differential diagnosis.
If there is no clot, are you wearing compression hoosiery if any kind? That might be a consideration as well. ...Read more

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How do I increase the blood cerculation on my foot after having a knee surgery? Because it's been a month and I feel like there's pins when I walk

How do I increase the blood cerculation on my foot after having a knee surgery? Because it's been a month and I feel like there's pins when I walk

Healing nerves: When you have undergone a surgical procedure, it can take time for things to heal. The skin incision may be closed, but all the deep structures, such as nerves are still healing. In all likelihood, the circulation is ok. The "pins" definitely tell me nerves. It can take some time for this to subside. Swelling of the extremity could also cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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I just had my knee surgery 3 weeks and 4 days ago and my knee is fine but my toes on my right foot really hurts like pins are hitting it when I walk?

I just had my knee surgery 3 weeks and 4 days ago and my knee is fine but my toes on my right foot really hurts like pins are hitting it when I walk?

Speak with orthopod: I is difficult to be specific without being able to examine the area. Please call the orthopedist and tell him or her about the pain. ...Read more

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I just had arthroscopic knee surgery and all the fluid from my knee pooled down in my calf and around my ankle and is causing numbness in the foot?

I just had arthroscopic knee surgery and all the fluid from my knee pooled down in my calf and around my ankle and is causing numbness in the foot?

Compartment syndrome: It is unlikely that the fluid went down your leg. It is more likely that you are having a vascular complications from the surgery and you should go to your emergency room immediately for an ultrasound examination. There's a condition called compartment syndrome which is a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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Had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 days ago. Anytime my leg isn't elevated (ie, walking with crutches) my toes, foot turn blue. How long does this last?

Had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 days ago. Anytime my leg isn't elevated (ie, walking with crutches) my toes, foot turn blue. How long does this last?

Can last 1-2 weeks: Body reacts to surgery in leg in many different ways sometimes as you have described. The surgical dressing if a bit tight can cause these symptoms as well. Speak to your surgeon if of concern or worsening. ...Read more

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I had arthroscopic knee surgery 5 days ago and for the past 3 days I have had extreme pain in my calf and foot. I went to the ER yesterday but the ult?

Blood clot?: Pain in the calf that goes into the foot with swelling could signal a DVT. (deep vein thrombosis). This is unusual after knee arthroscopy, but certainly possible. Hopefully the ER did an ultrasound of your calf and leg to evaluate for this. If not, please see your surgeon urgently. ...Read more

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Dvt 4 days after knee surgery. On Coumadin (warfarin) and lenovox. Should I stay off my feet or move around more?

Dvt 4 days after knee surgery. On Coumadin (warfarin) and lenovox. Should I stay off my feet or move around more?

Probably ok: To walk. As long as you are on anticoagulation therapy, risk of embolization is small. Must get ok from your orthopedic surgeon also. Less risk of post phlebitic syndrome if you use medical grade compression hose for 6 months to 2 years. If you do physical therapy, for your knee, probably not good to massage the leg where the DVT is present. ...Read more

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Had microfracture knee surgery 3 days ago. I'm in a knee immobilizer with toe touch weight bearing. Can I walk with my foot down?

Had microfracture knee surgery 3 days ago. I'm in a knee immobilizer with toe touch weight bearing. Can I walk with my foot down?

Non weight bearing: If you had a micro fracture, typically the patient is non weight bearing for 6weeks. If you load your knee prematurely the region that received the micro fracture could collapse. It's ok to have your foot down while using the crutches. ...Read more

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What causes numbness and tingling in the leg and foot after having arthroscopic knee surgery? I just had knee surgery May 12 a lot of swelling

What causes numbness and tingling in the leg and foot after having arthroscopic knee surgery? I just had knee surgery May 12 a lot of swelling

Varies: There are a number of potential causes. Among the more common are: related to the use of a tourniquet around the time of surgery, related to the peroneal nerve at the fibular head, or even a sciatica from the back among numerous other pisdibilities. I would make sure your surgeon is aware and follow their recommendations. ...Read more

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Why do I get nail fungus problems on my feet and what's the best product to buy to get rid of it once and for all? It started after my knee surgery.

Why do I get nail fungus problems on my feet and what's the best product to buy to get rid of it once and for all? It started after my knee surgery.

See a dermatologist: Begin with diagnosis. It might be something other than fungus. If it is fungus it may be acceptable to merely keep the nails trimmed and ventilated. By far the best treatment, about 60% effective, is terbinafine. It is a prescription taken daily for 3 months. Originally a $1200 prescription, the generic is now $10! It takes a year to grow a new, normal nail after taking the med. You have other is ...Read more

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I had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and my foot feels like an ice cube why? My calf also hurts a little bit, but not red hot or swollen could it be a dvt?

I had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and my foot feels like an ice cube why? My calf also hurts a little bit, but not red hot or swollen could it be a dvt?

Ice cube foot: Any of the things you are describing should be evaluated by your surgeon sooner rather than later. Especially since your calf also hurts. Call right away and head for an er if your surgeon should be unavailable. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery 4-5 weeks ago to repair an osteochrondal fracture, and my foot is swelling. What does it mean, an what should I do?

I had knee surgery 4-5 weeks ago to repair an osteochrondal fracture, and my foot is swelling. What does it mean, an what should I do?

Swelling: It is not uncommon to have swelling below the knee after surgery. However, it is always wise to consult your surgeon ...Read more

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Can having a swollen ankle give you knee pain? I had knee surgery 3 yrs ago and my ankle swells up now so I wondered if that's why my knee still hurts.

Can having a swollen ankle give you knee pain? I had knee surgery 3 yrs ago and my ankle swells up now so I wondered if that's why my knee still hurts.

Probably unrelated: Unless the ankle is painful and changes your gait and puts increased stress on the knee, the issues are unrelated. Get the knee reevaluated. ...Read more

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My husband had knee surgery 5 days ago. He has fluid under his knee cap. Tonight, the other leg/ankle is swelling badly. Should he be seen at ER?

My husband had knee surgery 5 days ago. He has fluid under his knee cap. Tonight, the other leg/ankle is swelling badly. Should he be seen at ER?

Maybe: No info about husband's age, medical problems, type of surgery, etc. The fluid under knee cap is probably not of concern UNLESS the skin over it has become red, hot, swollen, and very tender, or if fever.

The OTHER leg being swollen is more concerning. If he has any calf or leg tenderness on that side, please go to ER right away to make sure no blood clot. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had microfracture knee surgery, and I'm toe touch weight bearing, can I drive? When can i. I haven't seen my surgeon since surgery. It was a 5, day ago

Had microfracture knee surgery, and I'm toe touch weight bearing, can I drive? When can i. I haven't seen my surgeon since surgery. It was a 5, day ago

Call your surgeon: These are good questions and glad you are overall doing well. Best to call your surgery team, make that post operative appointment, take a friend with you, and ask all these questions. Your surgeon knows your case the best. Be well. ...Read more

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Why did my doctor put me in an imoblizer after knee microfracture knee surgery. What is it helping? I'm also toe touch weight bearing.

Why did my doctor put me in an imoblizer after knee microfracture knee surgery. What is it helping? I'm also toe touch weight bearing.

To rest the knee & -: The ttwb is also to protect the knee joint surfaces, since microfracture procedure was done.
Your knee needs to be rested to allow the healing to occur. If you don't do as you are advised you'll end up with a bad outcome.
Keep doing what you were advised by your surgeon, as only he knows what was there and what was done for it. ...Read more