3 weeks ORIF surgery can I rub my feet

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3 weeks after having ORIF surgery on my ankle...Foot swells everyday. Was wondering if it is okay to rub my foot by the toes as it allieviates some of the pain in my foot?

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    3 weeks out and you dont have a hard cast? I paid my teeage son to rub my toes with the cast on. He dis a bad job but was better then nothing. I say yes if it makes it feel better. Good luck
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    I would think so, but ask doctor anyway.  In theory it would help swelling, but you don’t want to do anything without dr permission.
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    Aaaah I called these "toe hugs" where I would ask my boyfriend to wrap his hand around my toes that would poke out from the cast. He would then massage it and "stretch" the toes by sticking his fingers in between them. Quite literally the BEST feeling because my leg/foot would get very hot in the cast. Also having to keep it elevated throughout the day meant that my lower leg wasn't getting any touching. I think you'll be fine as I'm now 7 weeks post-ORIF and nothing bad has come of it. But priority should be keeping your foot elevated and reducing the swelling.

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    I'm post ankle and other foot bones ORIF 9 weeks in cast.

    In my opinion the general rule is do as much as I can handle.

    Can be very annoying trying access.

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