6 weeks TKR - Bad News Today and FOOT

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Hi. 6 weeks tomorrow. Knew I was having a difficult recovery. Nightmare pain levels. Nerve pain better- don't scream when the sheet touches my leg. Home pt for 5 weeks. Stiffness and swelling every morning.

SO.... Went to Sharp Rehabilitation Center Coronado, CA today for evaluation and outpatient pt. Took 2mg Dilaudid AND a Vicodin. Therapist was shocked. Could barely do anything today because of my pain level. Home therapist told me I was Zero- straight leg and 93 degrees flexion one week ago. Today I measured at -12 and 84 degrees???

Did testing and my mobility level was 22 - was told at this stage should be around 10. Considered serious fall risk.

Therapist said I presented like a patient 2 weeks after TKR.

PLEASE READ... Told her about my problems with my foot. Was like a dead fish when I was discharged. Concentrated on wiggling toes and... Nothing. Finally got some very little movement in the foot. She said that is NOT normal. Now wants me to be evaluated for hairline fracture and/or nerve damage.

Was told to stop walking except for bathroom and given 4 exercises to do EVERY 30 min. Says you only have a 6 week window to get most flexion and extension.

Most Shocking.... Was utterly shocked when I described excercises done with home therapy. She said that is the basic exercises you do for 2 weeks after discharge and then you start "real physical therapy"

Sorry this is so long... Really worried now. Have to be back at work in 5 weeks.

Please tell me if you had any foot problems after surgery and describe it.

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    So sorry to hear your still in so much pain after 6 weeks. Reallly hope they find the problem.

    I did not do much exercise at all for 3 to 4 weeks. I only did some straightening of my leg a hot bath, as my pain level was so high

    7 months on my leg is fine still working a little on the bend, but this has not been good for 20 years.

    Good healing

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    Hi Milla

    I haven't had foot problems as such but one or two others on here have posted about things like plantar fasciitis. I had pain in my foot but it went pretty quickly & didn't cause any problems.

    This operation is brutal, if you think of all the muscle, blood vessels & everything else that's been cut about it's a wonder any of us recover as we do!

    Can you get referred to a specialist to get some answers for your foot?

    Don't despair 5 weeks is a long time & hopefully you can get this sorted by then.

    Try not to get too down!

    I'll be thinking of you. 🤗🤗🤗



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      Thanks Marilyn. I do have plantar fasciitis in my right foot. This is not pain in the foot ( the ankle hurts some). The best way to describe it - it feels like it never completely "woke" up from the spinal. It feels dumb and I have to use the other foot to move it or steer it or place it in a certain position. Thank you for the good wishes.

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      Sorry to hear how bad your foot is. It sounds horrible! It must be really, really uncomfortable. Is it painful or just dead? Either way I hope they sort this out for you.

      I'll be thinking of you. Please let us know how things go, when you get answers.

      All the best




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    Hi Milla i am 13 days after tkr and pain has been pretty horrendous too. Been doing excercises given on discharge thought i was doing pretty well until saw physio yesterday who said she would have expected more of a bend. Felt really dispondent. Pre op one of the dangers my surgeon warned me about was drop foot which i fortunately i havnt developed. I wonder if this is what may have happened to your foot ? Hope things improve x
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      Jean, I am so sorry to hear! There is a large percentage of folks that have a really bad time during the recovery. I feel for you! I feel almost traumatized. If you read this forum you will see that flexion is all over the place for patients at the same recovery time. Everyone is different. Harder for some. I never got over about 93-95 until I had the drastic drop. And I had home physio twice a week and did the excercises twice a day. Are you icing and elevating enough? I am seeing the surgeon on Monday. I have heard of drop foot but not sure that is my problem although I do have ankle pain too. Make sure you stay on top of pain meds! I really pray you start doing better. This one heck of a surgery!
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