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Hi,

I just had my surgery (single foot) 4 days ago. The doctor gave me absolutely no post-op instructions, other than come in and see me in 10 days. After 3 days of absolutely excrutiating pain, I decided to look online to see if the pain/swelling/discoloration was normal.

After icing non-stop for the last day, the pain has started to subside, and the swelling has gone down. But, my foot remains purple all over. Is this normal? I also have tingling, like the pins and needles you get when your foot falls asleep. Is this normal? I'm assuming it is fluid in the foot???

Any insights would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Lisa
[QUOTE=lb6067;4261227]Hi,

I just had my surgery (single foot) 4 days ago. The doctor gave me absolutely no post-op instructions, other than come in and see me in 10 days. After 3 days of absolutely excrutiating pain, I decided to look online to see if the pain/swelling/discoloration was normal.

After icing non-stop for the last day, the pain has started to subside, and the swelling has gone down. But, my foot remains purple all over. Is this normal? I also have tingling, like the pins and needles you get when your foot falls asleep. Is this normal? I'm assuming it is fluid in the foot???

Any insights would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Lisa[/QUOTE]

Tingling is normal. Make sure to ice your foot every other 30 minutes - ice for 30 minutes, take the ice off for 30 minutes. Keep your foot elevated on two pillows at ALL times, except for going to the bathroom. This is extremely important the first 5-7 days. Your bandage may be too tight due to swelling of your foot as well and might need to be cut and retaped. Did your doctor describe you any pain medication? Something seems really wrong about your doctor not giving you any post-op instructions. [B]Please [/B]get in touch with your doctor to get further instructions and pain medication.
By the way Lisa when your told to elevate your foot for the swelling make sure it's elevated above your heart so sitting in a recliner with your legs up on one pillow like I did will not do the trick! My husband had to round up all the big pillows we had and I used those to elevate my entire leg while lying down on the sofa watching TV . At least an hour a day of raising your leg according to the PostOp papers I recieved. I'm shocked you didn't get any! Bruising and some swelling is normal and the duration may be attributed to the type of surgery you had meaning weather or not it was a minor or a more involved surgery. I had two procedures at one time on one foot so I had major swelling that lasted 21/2 months and though my bruising was minamal my whole foot turned two shades darker but yet I was told it was due to the intensive surgery. You can actually do a search on line for post op info. Hope this helps.
Viv
Hi there,

My chevron bunion surgery was May 28th and I had the exact same thing as you describe. The first five days were bad, pain, tingling, weird painful muscle spasms. The swelling stays down if you stay off of it with the foot elevated above your heart. I stayed down and on crutches to the bathroom only for the first five days. I iced every hour or so and I think some of the tingling was because of decreased blood to the foot because of elevation.

I saw the Doc on day six and he said I could walk on it with the walking boot but still only to kitchen or bathroom still kept it elevated and iced. Day 14 he removed my stitches and gave me auth to walk in a tennis shoe. Supposed to put shoe on first thing in the morning because it's least swollen then and still only walk for short distances. If you walk to much it will let you know by swelling, hurting and bruising even more. This of course requires more elevation and ice. After day 14 and stitches came out didn't have to elevate above my heart just normally in front of you on couch or bed etc.

I know several people who have had this surgery and the bruising goes away in a month or so, I'm three weeks out and still have alot of bruising. I hear the swelling is from 6mo to a year. I had to buy a size bigger shoe than I normally wear just to get my foot into something.

Good Luck,

Kristina





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